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Sam Wilson - Uncle Sam

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This dude? Uncle Sam. No shit.

He was Samuel Wilson (1766 — 1854), a meat packer from Troy, New York. During the War of 1812, he won a contract to supply meat to the army. The barrels were market “U.S.” and the soldiers joked that it stood for “Uncle Sam.”

It stuck.

When he got the little beard and the kicky star-spangled weskit, I do not know. I found this by following McGoo’s link to an article about James Mongomery Flagg. You know: the guy who painted the I Want You poster with finger-waggin’ Sam on it.

It’s the day before a holiday and my boss is out, so I have no intention of doing anything that even vaguely resembles work today.

And tomorrow? I’ll celebrate the Fourth the way I always do: ringing up Uncle Badger and yelling “Hey Limey — you suck!” and hanging up.

Got to be careful. One of these days, he’s going to figure out it’s me.



July 3, 2008 — 10:41 am
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