Happy 4th of July

Greetings and Happy 4th of July!

We have put Hattingdon in a hat inspired by Uncle Sam. More about  that in a minute. Let’s look at Hattingdon in her stars and stripes topper.

Sammy hat design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon®.
Sammy hat design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.

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Who is Uncle Sam?

The original Uncle Sam looked like this. You have seen him. He was on all those recruiting posters saying, Uncle Sam Wants You!

Uncle Sam wants you! Google search result. Uncredited image.
Uncle Sam wants you! Google search result. Uncredited image.

That version of Uncle Sam, seen above, wore red striped trousers. Over time stripes were transferred to the top hat and so forth.

Columbia, the first personification of the U.S. Google search result.
Columbia, the first personification of the U.S. Google search result.

However, the earliest known personification of the United States was as a woman named Columbia, who first appeared in 1738 (pre-USA) and sometimes was associated with another female personification, Lady Liberty.

With the American Revolutionary War came Brother Jonathan, a male personification, and Uncle Sam finally appeared after the War of 1812.

Columbia appeared with either Brother Jonathan or Uncle Sam, but her use declined as a national personification in favor of Liberty, and she was effectively abandoned once she became the mascot of Columbia Pictures in the 1920s.

Source: “Uncle Sam,” Encyclopædia Britannica Online.

I think we should make Hattingdon a Columbia inspired hat for next year, don’t you? We love her look.

Why July 4th?

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

We hope we got you started in the spirit of the day, and wish a safe and happy Independence Day to our American friends.

Hattingdon & Co in Hattingdon's signature cartoon font.

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Read the Legend of Betsy Ross for more about those famous stars and stripes »

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