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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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  • Gettin' Social with Jacob Bromwell

    Posted on May 23, 2013


    Back in my day, "following" is what a cub does to a mama bear, "pinning" is what my Ma did to my sister's skirt hemlines and "tweeting" is what the birds do at the crack of dawn. But apparently, it's the Internet age for most of you folks out there and that's why Jacob Bromwell invites you to connect with us on our social media channels, particularly our Facebook page where we've been doing all kinds of neat-o giveaways of our products.


    Here's where you can find Jacob Bromwell on the social media channels (each is linked directly to our page):

    We love conversing with our customers and fans there, and announcing new products as well as made in America news, recipes, corny jokes and anything else we think our followers will find useful. We look forward to getting social with you!

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  • Have Cash Clip, Will Carry

    Posted on May 16, 2013


    It happened inside Old Man Wilson's haberdashery. I was waiting to pay for my bag of flour when I noticed that the gentleman in front of me had dropped some hard-earned cash on the floor. Now, spilt milk is one thing and not something to cry over, but spilt bills is something altogether!


    "Excuse me, good sir--but I believe you dropped this" I said as I handed over his wad of cash. "Land sakes!" he replied. "Thank you, my good man, ever so much for being an honest Joe."


    "Actually, the name's Jacob, but you're welcome!"


    "And I'm John--John Lexington. You have yourself a good day" he said with a tip of the hat, as he left with his wares and recovered money.


    And that's when the creative juices struck me--folks need something would hold money and keep it together. After some tinkering in my factory, I emerged with the Lexington Money Clip: a beautiful, 100% copper clip that allows gentlemen to carry their bucks in style. My clip is made in the USA just like all of my products. No more fumbling with a wallet, digging into a pocket or dropping cash on the ground! My Lexington Money Clip--inspired by Mr. Lexington--will keep everything from bucks to Benjamins in their rightful place. Just click right over here to learn more or to buy one (money not included.)

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