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Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • Sweet New Jacob Bromwell Product: Grandma's Honey Dippers

    Posted on July 11, 2013

    Whenever I see the honeybees buzzing about the clover this time of the year, thoughts turn to my grandmother. I only met Grandma Bromwell a few times as a young moppet, but she was well known throughout our county for her beekeeping skills and smooth golden clover honey that she sold to neighbors in jars straight from her kitchen window.

     

    Now that my factory in Cincinnati is up and running strong, seeing the busy bees and thinking of my grandmother has inspired one of my newest products: Grandma's Honey Dippers. This set of two wooden honey dippers will help you drizzle just the right amount of sweetness onto toast, ice cream, and into your favorite recipes that call for honey. They're made of American wood and just like all of my products, are made here in the USA. Now how sweet is that?

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  • The Origins of Uncle Sam

    Posted on July 3, 2013

    Just who is this cat named Uncle Sam, anyway? For nearly two centuries he's been an American pop culture icon,  peering down at us on posters along with the caption "I Want You." But where did the character come from? Would you believe a meat packing plant?

     
    Sam's origins can be traced back to a meat factory in Troy, NY around 1812 (which was even before I started my company.) The factory manager's name was Sam Wilson. An army contractor named Elbert Anderson would purchase the meat in large oak barrels that were stamped "E.A.-US." One day while buying his meat, he asked someone in the factory what the US stood for and the worker replied "Uncle Sam", referring to Sam Wilson. The joke spread throughout the factory, then the state of New York, and eventually all of New England--and by that time the name was thought to imply the United States.

     
    By the 1820s, Uncle Sam was solidifying himself as an American symbol. Soon cartoon artists for newspapers began depicting the character as a tall, thin man (which is what Sam Wilson was said to be) wearing a patriotic costume and top hat.

     
    And the rest, as they say, is history--U.S. history, to be exact.

     

    Everyone here at Jacob Bromwell wishes you and your loved ones a very happy and safe Independence Day holiday!

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