venerdì 4 luglio 2014

The Fourth of July

The Independence Day throught the beautiful illustrations of Ellen H.Clapsaddle.

I love Ellen art! Her images are so beautiful that I never get tired of admire them!
Her St Patric'ks children are unforgettable and the little witch that she drew for Halloween are really  delicious!!:)
These images are from series of Fourth of July cards dedicated to the National Day of the United States !

The Indipendent Day is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.

Ellen Hattie Clapsaddle was an American illustrator/commercial artist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 
She was born in South Columbia, New York in 1865 and was a freelance artist who specialized in postcards, greeting cards, advertising fans and calendars. 
She is recognized as the most prolific souvenir/postcard and greeting card artist of her era. 

She is most famous for her more than 3,000 illustrated postcards, most of which depict adorable, innocent children in holiday scenes. 
Ellen was active in New York and later in Germany. Shenever married and after the war she returned to the United States destitute and lived out her remaining years in poverty until she died in 1934.  Her talent started to be recognized ten years after her death.
She produced an imaginative series of Fourth of July cards.

The Indipendent Day
In 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence. On July 2, 1776, the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was first published two days later on July 4, 1776. The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was on July 8, 1776. Delegates began to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. 
In 1870, Independence Day was made an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1941, it became a paid holiday for them.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and presidents of the United States, died on July 4, 1826 - exactly 50 years after the adoption of the declaration. 

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