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Top Five Monday Must-Haves: 4th of July

Monday, June 29th, 2015

We will be celebrating the 4th of July all week right here on our blog, and we hope you can gain some inspiration for your Independence Day weekend from our ideas. To start off, we are concluding our summer catalog Must-Have lists with one that is patriotic themed so you can celebrate all summer or all year long. We hope you enjoy the following home accents, and enjoy a week filled with red, white, and blue!

July Festival Wreath (set of 2) shown with Stars Ribbon

Uncle Sam Sculpture

American Accessories

We’ll start off with an accessory that can be used on a wall, in a bookshelf, or around a pillar candle for a truly festive display of patriotism. The combination of sparkly red, white, and blue berries with natural-looking green leaves gives you a simple yet fun décor option when decorating for the 4th. Did we mention you get two sizes? And, if you want to add a little extra flair to the wreaths, our Stars Ribbon is the perfect complement.

American Characters

Some of our favorite décor pieces include sculptures and festive figures. The Uncle Sam Sculpture is on the Must-Have list because Williraye Studio™ embodied a couple of American elements into this one sculpture: Uncle Sam, a freshly baked pie, American flags, and a festive girl with her feline companions.

Little Miss Liberty Patriotic Soft SculptureIf soft sculptures are more your taste, artist Joe Spencer© has created charming patriotic soft sculptures for your 4th of July and Americana decorating. Little Miss Liberty adds feminine and patriotic elements to your home, and can be used as a perfectly individual piece or can be paired with her Samuel Liberty companion.

Spirited Décor

America Embroidered Pillow

The distressed wood panels of our Liberty Sign and the antiqued black font remind us of our nation’s primitive past, and of the patriotic spirit of the red, white, and blue. Additionally, this sign is made here in the U.S., so you can be proud of the quality and to display it in your home.

Finally, our last patriotic Must-Have is the America Embroidered Pillow. This accent is great for showing your American spirit in a classic, primitive way. The colors are complementary enough to leave this pillow on a sofa or bench all year long, while the gold banner, American flag, and blue piping on the edges create a charming 4th of July accent for your home.

Liberty Sign

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Who is Uncle Sam, Anyway?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Wondering who Uncle Sam really is? We did some research into this iconic United States figure and here is what we found, courtesy of the History Channel:

Uncle Sam at SturbridgeOn September 7, 1913, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812. Wilson stamped the barrels with “U.S.” (for United States), but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” Local newspapers picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained nationwide acceptance as the nickname for the United States federal government.

In the late 1860s and 1870s, political cartoonist Thomas Nast started to popularize the image of Uncle Sam. Nast continued to evolve the image, eventually giving Sam the white beard and stars-and-stripes suit that are associated with the character today.

Perhaps the most famous image of Uncle Sam was created by artist James Montgomery Flagg. In Flagg’s version, Uncle Sam wears a tall top hat and blue jacket and is pointing straight ahead at the viewer. During World War I, this portrait of Sam with the words “I Want You For The U.S. Army” was used as a recruiting poster. The image, which became immensely popular, was first used on the cover of Leslie’s Weekly in July 1916 with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” The poster was widely distributed and has subsequently been re-used numerous times with different captions.

In September 1961, the U.S. Congress recognized Samuel Wilson as “the progenitor of America’s national symbol of Uncle Sam.” Wilson died at age 88 in 1854, and was buried next to his wife Betsey Mann in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York, the town that calls itself “The Home of Uncle Sam.”

There you have it, straight from the historians themselves!

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