Each Truly Genius Tuesday, we explore the lives of those who have inspired the unique cloth diaper prints in our Genius Series. We’ve talked about mathematics, discovered the geniuses of music and movies, and explored the world of plants and animals. We’ve met Maggie, traveled to the rainforest with Chico, and this week – in honor of Flag Day – we are talking about our patriotic genius, Mary Pickersgill!
Meet our Patriotic Genius: Mary Pickersgill
Mary Pickersgill was an American business woman and well-known seamstress. She created the Great Garrison Flag that flew during the 1814 Battle of Baltimore. Aside from her flag-making business, Mary also addressed social issues for disadvantaged women, including housing, employment and financial aid. As President of the Impartial Female Humane Society, she opened a home for elderly women that later expanded into an entire retirement community named in her honor, as was the World War II Liberty ship, the SS Mary Pickersgill.
The Star Spangled Banner Flag
Mary Pickersgill‘s Great Garrison Flag is also known as the Star Spangled Banner Flag. At the time, it was the largest garrison flag ever flown and the inspiration behind a poem written by Francis Scott Key, now known as the United States National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” Today, the original 30 by 42-foot flag, created by Mary, resides in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.
Pickergill’s dedication to her craft and her country is worthy of the title, “Patriotic Genius.” She is an outstanding person who used her skills, talents, and resource to help make the world a better place.
Shop Mary Pickersgill
To celebrate our Patriotic Genius, we have select Mary Pickersgill merchandise on sale. It’s also the anniversary of Mary Pickergill release, so we’re able to make some of the cloth diapers we’ve held back for returns available! There aren’t many in most styles, so they’re only available while supplies last. TODAY ONLY (6/13/17), while supplies last. Head to the Mary Pickersgill Genius Page to shop now!
Special Sale on Mary Pickersgill Genius Gear
Enter To Win
In this week’s Truly Genius Tuesday Giveaway, we’re giving away a Mary Pickersgill Gift Pack, including a Mary Pickersgill bumGenius Original 5.0 cloth diaper, a Genius Series Adult Tee, Genius Baby/Toddler Tee, & Genius Tote. Enter for a chance to win below!
Eligible entries must be posted no later than midnight Central Time, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. U.S. residents only. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win. Winners will be drawn after the close of the contest and notified via email. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. All prizes must be claimed within 30 days of end of giveaway.