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  • Fun Facts About the Great American Eclipse

    Posted on August 19, 2017


    The year our founder started our company, 1819, there were three partial eclipses. The following year, a total eclipse. Coincidence? Maybe. Eclipses have been fascinating and frightening the earth’s population going back to ancient times. Most civilizations of days past considered them a sign of doom and gloom predicted generally bad things to come. One exception is a story about a battle between the Medes and the Lydians in the sixth century B.C. that took place during a total eclipse. Both sides took the darkening sky as a sign that they should make peace, so they did just that.


    Today, most people are aware that there’s nothing to fear about eclipses except for looking at them directly (always use special glasses made for eclipse viewing, or make an old school viewer by following these directions.) As the country gears up for the Great American Eclipse as it’s being called (since most of the U.S. will experience it’s effects) on Monday, August 21, here’s some fun facts and trivia about the event and eclipses in general.


    *There are 12 states that will offer the best viewing of the total eclipse, provided the skies are cloud-free: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. That’s because the eclipse’s path will travel from the northwest to the southeast, but most of the U.S. will experience it; they just won’t see a total eclipse, but a partial one depending on the location.


    *Those viewing the eclipse in the path of its totality should experience the height of darkness for 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds.


    *This is the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last one that was visible by most of the U.S. took place on February 26, 1979, and not everyone was lucky enough to witness it because of cloudy skies.

    *Nashville will be the American city with the best view. The city center and sections north should experience over two minutes of totality.

    *A solar eclipse can only take place during a new moon. The eclipse happens when the moon is in between the sun and the earth and that can only happen during the new moon lunar phase.

    *Both the sun and the moon appear to be the same size during an eclipse; of course, our daytime star has a diameter 400 times that of our moon.

    *In places experiencing totality, the birds may eerily stop chirping (thinking that it’s nightfall) and you may even see stars in the daytime sky. It’s also not unusual to experience a drop in temperature of up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

    *This astronomical event is visible to the naked eye. No telescope or binoculars needed but again, be safe and view through special eclipse glasses or a viewer.

    *This will be the most viewed eclipse in history, not just due to the population levels but because of the prevalence of social media, news coverage, and online sharing.

    *The next total solar eclipse that will include most of the U.S. will occur on April 8, 2024, with a path that runs from southwest to northeast.


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  • Jacob Bromwell's In the House...the White House!

    Posted on July 24, 2017

    Jacob Bromwell's president Sean Bandawat is on the far right, three seats away from President Trump.


    Last week Jacob Bromwell had the honor of being one of 20 companies to represent American manufacturing at a roundtable discussion at the White House during President Trump's Made in America Week. The meeting took place in the East Room and was attended by our president, Sean Bandawat, along with President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro, and other members of the White House staff.


    The meeting, as well as the entire week at the White House, was to highlight the importance of making products in the USA and helping to preserve jobs on our shores. Sean brought along a few of Jacob Bromwell's products and discussed the importance of keeping manufacturing jobs in America.


    Says Sean of the experience, "This administration is committed to keeping hard working Americans employed. We’ve sent out jobs and our wealth to other countries for far too long. It was an amazing experience to have a variety of American companies spanning different industries come together for a discussion with the President and other top officials."



    Mr. Bromwell himself traveled to many places in the U.S., but we're pretty sure the White House was not among his destinations! It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


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  • Why Do We Have A "Flag Day"?

    Posted on June 14, 2017


    It's the holiday that really isn't one: today, June 14, is Flag Day, although few Americans understand what the day is all about and why we celebrate the glory of Old Glory on this day. So let's take a look back at the history of Flag Day, and perhaps clear up some of the confusion around this mysterious American "holiday."


    It all started on June 14, 1777, when our country officially adopted the American flag to represent our nation. That's the day the Continental Congress passed the First Flag Act which declared that our flag would have "13 stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."


    Although many people feel Betsy Ross designed the American flag, many modern historians dispute that theory. In fact, no one knows for sure who created the flag's design, but we do know why red, white, and blue were chosen: red represented hardiness and valor, white represented purity, and blue represented vigilance and justice.


    Flag Day wasn't really celebrated until a century after its inception, and it wasn't until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day. Actual legislation was late signed by President Harry Truman in 1949, although the day has never been recognized as a federal holiday.


    So why even have a day for our flag? For some American households, this marks the start of the Independence Day period and the unofficial beginning of summer. If you haven't already hung a flag out because of Memorial Day, now's a good time to pull her out of storage and proudly display the recognized colors of this country: let's hear it for the red, white, and blue! Also, some cities around the country like Quincy, Massachusetts and Troy, New York hold an annual Flag Day parade.


    Here's some rules for flag etiquette as established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:


    *The flag can be displayed at all times so long as it’s illuminated when it’s dark outside.


    *It can be displayed often, but especially on national and state holidays and during special occasions.


    *It should be displayed on or near the main building of public institutions, schools during school days, and polling places on election days.


    *The flag should be “hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.”


    *When the flag is displayed other than from a staff, it should be “flat or suspended so that its folds fall free.”


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