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                                JULY 2018 • Volume 31 No. 11                                              TAKE ONE

                                  America’s Star Spangled Patriot —                  UNCLE SAM

                                          by Roy Nuhn                             The original Uncle Sam was a       government’s administration of it
                                            Uncle Sam - that smiling old       real person, Samuel Wilson, an        quite inept and bumbling.
                                          gent with the pointed beard, stove-  Army meat inspector at Troy, New        Soon “Uncle Sam” became a
                                          pipe hat and stars-and-stripes suit   York, during the War of 1812. Like   nationwide rallying call for anti-
                                          - is easily the most recognized      other inspectors for the U.S. Army,   government criticism.
                                          national symbol in the world today.   Wilson imprinted a large “U.S. on      Like “Yankee Doodle,” originally
                                          So much so that back in 1961         all passed goods. After a while,      another contemptuous reference,
                                          the U.S. Congress made him our       the soldiers and folks in the area    Uncle Sam soon became quite
                                          official emissary. Yet, though he    began calling him “Uncle Sam,” a      respectable and a beloved, revered
                                          has long been the personification    combination of the “U.S.” mark and  piece of American folklore. He
                                          of patriotism and the greatness and   his first name.                      took on the characteristics of a
                                          pride that is America, Uncle Sam        In a very short time, everything   wily Yankee, perhaps based on the
                                          started off as an unkind caricature of  associated with the Army and       character, Brother Jonathan, in the
                                          everything that was wrong with the   federal government came to be         play, “The Contrast,” first produced
                                          country.                             considered as belonging to “Uncle     in 1787 and a popular item on
           Pre-1920 era postcard depicting a little
            boy Uncle Sam (publisher unknown)                                  Sam,” but in a derogatory way since  many touring theatrical company’s
                                                                               the war with Great Britain was a      repertoire for many generations.
              50 Quality Dealers at the Feed Store Antique Mall                decidedly unpopular venture and the                    Continued on Page 2
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                                                      The Feed Store
                                                        Antique Mall
                                                     4407 U.S. Hwy. 301 N.
                                                       Ellenton, FL 34222

                                                                                                     Uncle Sam with some firecrackers
                                                                                                (postcard by anonymous publisher, circa 1910)

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