Folk art painted and incised wooden Uncle Sam. This life-sized figure was originally decorated on both sides, but the paint on one side has been mostly worn away. The reverse side has more paint but some crude wooden repairs.
A label attached to the figure states that it was used in the 1909 Hudson Fulton celebration in New York and New Jersey. This two-week celebration was organized by a group of wealthy New Yorkers, such as J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River and the 100th anniversary of Robert Fulton’s successful commercial application of the paddle steamer, as well as New York’s status as a world city.
The celebration included fireworks, a naval display, an historical parade with 54 floats and a carnival parade with 49 floats. This Uncle Sam figure was probably used on the last float of the carnival parade, which represented "Uncle Sam's Welcoming the Nations".
Dimensions: 23” wide x 79” high
Item No. 170146