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Best Uncle Sam Halloween Costume Guide
Uncle Sam is the personification for the American Government (as his initials are U. S.). Though the recruitment posters featuring Uncle Sam are well known, the story behind is less so. There are many theories about how this character came to be, but many believe the first use was during the 1812 war. Supposedly, Uncle Sam’s name came from a well-liked man in New York named Sam Wilson, who delivered meat in barrels to the soldiers. After the 1812 war, it became prevalent in literature and was used often in 19th-century political cartoons. The most memorable usage, however, was the image of Uncle Sam asking you to join the army in 1917.
To get the look of this patriotic man, you will need an Uncle Sam Costume, Fake Money, Uncle Sam Fake Beard, Red Bowtie, Costume Gloves, Uncle Sam Stovepipe Hat, and Men’s Dress Shoes.
Uncle Sam Cosplay Costumes
The image of Uncle Sam is so popular that everyone will instantly know who the character you aspire to be. Since the 1917 version of Uncle Sam is the one that became the most iconic, it also has a classic look from that era. The image appears with a large top hat, pinstriped pants, tailcoat, and dress shoes which were all for the higher class of the time. The outfit is based on the American flag and has a clear patriotic look to it. By incorporating three colors of red, white, and blue and adding the star-spangled vest, you will instantly look the part.
Uncle Sam’s look is iconic for, not only that era but also the character itself. It’s become a well-known figure all over the world so that it won’t be mistaken for anyone else. You’re sure to get an eagle to land on your shoulder with this bold look of freedom.
About Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam is the well-known figure from the cartoon drawn by J. M. Flagg in 1917, however, that’s not where the character’s story first begins. The backstory behind the figure is a bit of a legend, as there are many tales and theories of Uncle Sam’s origins.
The most popular story follows a man in Troy, New York, called Sam Wilson. He delivered meat in barrels to the soldiers during the 1812 war. Everyone seemed to like and respect him and the locals called him “Uncle Sam.” His barrels had U. S. marked on them and most people assumed that stood for Uncle Sam, however, it actually just stood for the United States. After that, the two ideas become one and the Uncle Sam figure was born. It wasn’t until J. M. Flagg’s version in 1917 that it really gained traction. It’s now become globally known and has had many spin-offs, parodies, and memes.