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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday's Wisdom: Theories RE Uncle Sam


Yesterday, in addition to it being National Peanut Day, it was Uncle Sam Day. This is useful to know in the event that you are selected to be a contestant on “Jeopardy,” where a situation could arise, that by knowing this info you could win $$$$$$!

And of course you could then use some of your prize money to buy my cardinal, Cam’s, book, Words In Our Beak Volume One, written in from her perspective!



Here’s the deal on Uncle Sam Day from Holiday Insights“There are two theories as to how Uncle Sam emerged. Both date back to the early 1800's.The officially recognized theory dates back to soldiers stationed near Troy, New York during the war of 1812. Barrels of meat they received were stamped 'U.S.’

“The supplier was Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York. Solders jokingly referred to him as ‘Uncle Sam.’. In 1813, the first image of ‘Uncle Sam’ appeared. In 1961, the U.S. Congress issued a resolution recognizing ‘Uncle Sam’ Wilson, and authorized a monument in his hometown in Troy, NY. 

There is a second, less popular theory of the creation of Uncle Sam. During the early 1800's, Irish immigrants were coming to America. Some believed that Uncle Sam emerged from these immigrants. In their Gaelic language, the United Stares of America was ‘Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá’, abbreviated ‘SAM’. Uncle Sam Day became official in 1989, when a joint resolution of Congress designated September 13 ‘Uncle Sam Day.’  This date was selected, as ‘Uncle Sam’ Wilson was born on September 13, 1776.”

So there you have it, dear reader, enough info on Uncle Sam Day to get you through a number of questions that might be asked by “Jeopardy.”

Now here’s a link to where you can find Words In Our Beak, Volume One should you win the prize money! But keep in mind, Cam’s iBook and ePub versions of this book are less than ten dollars each, and you really don’t need to win prize money to buy it! However, if you do win any dollars, you’ll surely become more aquained with Uncle Sam.





ADDENDUM FALL 2018: 

The digital versions of Volume One within the Words In Our Beak book series that are mentioned in this entry may only remain available for a limited time, but hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold.


Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally,  I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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