Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Day 144, August 13

More about Uncle Sam Wilson ...

It didn't take long for political cartoonists started drawing "Uncle Sam."  The first drawings showed Uncle Sam as a short little man with a beard and an infectious grin.  These cartoons,  showing Uncle Sam in striped trousers, flowing coat, and a high hat, were patterned after Sam Wilson.

After the death of Abraham Lincoln, however, the cartoonists started to draw Uncle Sam as a tall, skinny fellow.  Over the years, he grew even taller. 

Today, Uncle Sam is a national symbol and is recognized all over the world as America's trademark.

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