Jul 042021

Hey guys! Happy 4th of July for those of you in the U.S. of A.!

Graphic of Ernie wearing an Uncle Sam hat and waving the flag

This is a selfie I took awhile back but I jazzed it up a bit to make me look like Uncle Sam in celebration of the 4th. Speaking of Uncle Sam…do you know how that term came about? Well, I did a little googling and found this on the History.com website:

On September 7, 1813, the United States got its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812. Wilson (1766-1854) stamped the barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” The local newspaper picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for—and personification of—the U.S. federal government.

Around 1870 or so, the American cartoonist, Thomas Nast came up with this depiction of what Uncle Sam looked like.

picture of Uncle Sam

Sheesh…this guy is kinda scary looking if you ask me. And didn’t anybuddy tell him it’s impolite to point?? I’m a much friendlier looking Uncle Sam…don’tcha think?? They should use MY picture instead.

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  32 Responses to “Easy E’s 4th of July Selfie”

  1. That’s a great Selfie, Ernie. Pawkisses for a Happy 4th to all of you

  2. Great story about how the name “Uncle Sam” got started.
    I think you are a way better looking “Uncle Sam” Ernie 😉
    Purrs, Julie

  3. Your selfie is FANTASTIC Ernie…………I always thought that Uncle Sam art was a little too – um – BOSSY…….I think Uncle Sam should look a little bit like Santa Claus – jolly! Uncle Sam should have a smile at least – hey, this is the land of the free and the home of the brave and smiling is more “welcoming” than a pointy finger and a frown! So there!

    Hugs, Teddy

  4. That is a great 4th July selfie, Ernie.

  5. Happy Independence Day Ernie!!!

  6. Happy Independence Day!

  7. You look great in red, white and blue Ernie! I didn’t know that about Uncle Sam.

  8. Ernie have a tremendous 4th!

  9. Fabulous selfie Ernie, and Happy 4th of July to all! Your picture does make a wonderful Uncle Sam!

  10. Good point about the pointing ( pardon the pun). Happy 4th! XO

  11. Happy Fourth of July, Ernie!

  12. Looks great. Happy 4th July!

  13. Ernie, that outfit suits you! Happy 4th to you and the family and I enjoyed learning aboutUncle Sam. I never knew.

  14. You got my vote for Sam.

  15. Happy 4th, friends!

  16. That is quite a spectacular selfie, Ernie!

    Tama and Benny

  17. You. Are. Stunnin. Ernie.

    Hello Ernie LadyMew here. It appears BellaDharma fainted! I can see why~~your selfie is fabulous!! Happy 4th to you & your Mom & Dad!!!
    And Uncle Sam is one stern lookin dude indeed!
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen * (when she comes around( **purrss** BellaDharma

  18. Great selfie, Ernie!! And we DO think you look a lot easier to get along with than the other Uncle sam!

    Interesting history about U.S….

  19. A splendid selfie Ernie! You do look patriotic!

  20. Nice selfie, Ernie! And hey, we enjoyed learning how the Uncle Sam moniker came about. 🙂

    Happy Independence Day, dear friends!

  21. You’re right, Erns, you would make a much better Uncle Sam. Nast’s version has a sour face and not friendly at all. Cheers for a Happy, Safe Sparkly Fourth of July!

  22. What a great story about Uncle Sam! I never knew that. And Ernie, you are a much cooler Uncle Sam than the drawing.We hope you and your family have a Happy Independence Day!

  23. Hope you had a Happy 4th. Love your selfie Ernie.

  24. Ernie you would be MUCH better than that Uncle Sam! LOVE your graphic! Meant to get over here much sooner! hoping you didn’t experience bad flooding last week and we hope that you are keeping cool! Probably a lot cooler near the water I would think. We stayed home yesterday because Levi is on Day 8 of “neuter recovery” lol!!!!! Take care and sending love!!

  25. You are far more handsome than Mr.Sam!

  26. I think we could all use an Uncle Ernie. Too bad Ernie doesn’t start with an “s.”

  27. My vote is for “Uncle E”!

  28. Hey Ernie you are giving Uncle Sam a run for his money. I think the hat suits you purrfectly
    Hugs cecilia

  29. Hi Ernie! We hope you all had a wonderful fourth!

  30. You ARE a much better looking Uncle Sam than that old codger with a mean look in his eye..sheesh!
    Hope you and your folks had a good 4th, Ernie!

  31. I enjoyed this story very much. Thank you and I hope everyone had a wonderful INdependence Day.

  32. Ernie, you are a most handsome Uncle Sam. Thanks for the history lesson. We knew none of this. And thanks, especially, for hopping. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy & Kizmet

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