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