Uncle Sam Costume, 1956

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Description
By the mid-19th century Uncle Sam became the most recognizable personification of the U.S. government. Rather than an authority figure, he most often was portrayed with affection and used as an emblem of national kinship to instill patriotism. This costume was worn by Wilburt E. Leppien. Leppien first appeared as Uncle Sam in 1956 and took part in numerous ceremonies and parades across the country, including five presidential inaugurations.
Credit Line
Marcella M. Leppien
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Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
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Exhibition
Exhibition
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
1984
1956-05-25
ID Number
1984.0974.02
accession number
1984.0974
catalog number
1984.0974.02
associated person
Leppien, W E
subject
Parades
Costume
place made
United States: Wisconsin
Physical Description
synthetic fibers (overall material)
red; white; blue (overall color)
Measurements
overall jacket: 44 in x 22 in; 111.76 cm x 55.88 cm
National Museum of American History
Object Name
Costume
Object Type
costume
Costume