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Monday, July 6, 2015
Some Heraldry for an Anniversary
The July 4 date just passed got me to thinking about the foundational document of the United States of America, the Declaration of Independence, issued 239 years ago. The publication of the Declaration was followed closely by the establishment of a committee to design a seal and coat of arms for the newly-declared nation.
It took a little while -- three committees and another couple of individuals -- before that seal, and the coat of arms, was finally adopted. I've written an article about the history of the attempts to design a coat of arms for the United States which can be found at http://appletonstudios.com/Congress2014DBA.pdf
Over the years, the arms of the U.S. have been subject to interpretation by any number of artists in a number of different media, and I thought that today I would share some of my favorites with you. Some old ....
Some newer ...
A couple of Art Deco interpretations done in the 1930s.
And some where someone has used the arms of the United States humorously ...
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