Appreciating all that makes America special

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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?


Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Americana | Comments Off on Target

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 | Comments Off on “America the Beautiful”

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

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U.S. Coast Guard

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Americana, Featured | Comments Off on U.S. Coast Guard

Let’s say you’re a nitwit, and you decide it’s a good idea to sail a tall ship replica of the H.M.S. Bounty into...

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Americana, Featured | Comments Off on

Okay, here’s a project: Try to think of something Amazon doesn’t sell. Oh, I can’t believe where your mind went. Of...

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L.L. Bean

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Americana, Featured | Comments Off on L.L. Bean

In today’s urbanized America, it’s not likely that a company started by someone named Leon Leonwood Bean and headquartered in...

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Coleman Coolers

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Americana, Featured | Comments Off on Coleman Coolers

First, let me say up front that I’m not a camping person. One of my favorite quotes (paraphrased, and by Nora Ephron, best I can...

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“Twas The Night Before Christmas”

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Holiday | Comments Off on “Twas The Night Before Christmas”

How does Santa Claus look? We can thank the Coca-Cola Company for giving Americans a visual that we all now accept as the jolly old man....

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Marching Bands

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Americana, Featured | Comments Off on Marching Bands

If you watch football on television these days, you’d conclude that marching bands are a relic of the past. Halftime shows for the...

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Veggie Tales

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Featured, Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Veggie Tales

It’s a basic law of children’s entertainment that the best movies and videos appeal not just to kids, but to parents as well....

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Coal Miners

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Americana, Featured | Comments Off on Coal Miners

This isn’t about coal, for good or bad. It’s about the men who make their living underground in the dangerous dark, risking...

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