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Americana means different things to different folks. Here at Great American Things, it means cool stuff that doesn’t fit into any other category. I guess we could have called it Miscellaneous, but “Great Miscellaneous Things” doesn’t tell you much, does it?


“Green Eggs and Ham”

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Featured, Kids Stuff | 0 comments

Is Green Eggs and Ham the most popular Dr. Seuss book of all? A couple of lists I found both placed it at number two, but I’m giving...

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Barnes & Noble

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Americana, Featured | 1 comment

Remember when Barnes & Noble was the enemy? It was considered the big box Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, crushing mom and pop bookstores in...

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Memorial Day

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Holiday | 1 comment

It probably comes as no surprise that this significant and meaningful holiday started in the South the year following the end of the Civil...

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Newport News Shipbuilding

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Americana, Featured | 0 comments

I grew up in Newport News, and many of my friends’ parents worked at the Shipyard. After high school, many of those friends also had...

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Southwest Airlines

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Americana, Featured | 1 comment

Most airlines will get you where you want to go. But as an industry, rising costs have made them a pale imitation of what they used to be....

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Barn Advertising

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Americana, Featured | 0 comments

Before folks traveled almost exclusively on interstate highways, when two-lane roads often wound past farms and through small towns, barns...

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The Everglades

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Americana, Featured | 0 comments

Smack dab in Central Florida is the Kissimmee River, which most folks never see on their visits to Disney World. But this river is the...

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“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

He’s wanting her to stay, she can’t make up her mind. Such a simple idea, but brilliantly executed by the wonderful Frank...

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Target

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Americana | 0 comments

Doesn’t it seem like you never heard of Target stores, and two days later they were everywhere? It’s as if someone in the...

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“America the Beautiful”

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Holiday | 0 comments

“America the Beautiful” is in our pantheon of greatest patriotic songs, right there with “God Bless America,”...

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