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Independence Day Messenger Bag Tribute!

Pictures of the brave and loyal soldiers that risked their lives to carry messages back and forth during the American Revolution are some of the most inspirational images that one can come across in relation to America’s fight for independence. As we get ready to celebrate Independence Day this Fourth of July, we at Fashlets would like to take a moment to honor the messengers, soldiers and brave citizens on the

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front lines and the roles they played in bringing about the signing of the Declaration of Independence as we prepare for Independence Day!

It is always facinating how Fashion and History combine to make up current trends. During the American Revolution, the cross body messenger and satchel bags were used as an essential part of the soldier’s life.

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Cartridge bags (1777), like the one above, were carried by American soldiers during the revolution. You can see the similarities between this and the cross body messenger and satchel bags that are worn today. The purpose? To keep the soldiers hands free while carrying gear that they may need at a moment’s notice.

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Looking at a fashion cross body/messenger bag and fashion satchel bags, you can see the similarities in style as through history, utilitarian turned into utilitarian fashion. The long strap, hanging across the chest and back keep the small, light bag secure while the front flap gives you access without fuss.

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Serious business! But let’s not forget the ladies! Emily Geiger was 18 years old and living in South Carolina when the Revolutionary War broke out in America. American General Nathaniel Greene was camped nearby and needed to get a message to General Thomas Sumter so that the two could mount and attack. South Carolina was heavily occupied by British Troops at the time and he could not find anyone brave enough to take the risk. Except Emily Geiger. Taking the message she set off on horse back but was captured by British soldiers.

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They took her to a farmhouse, locking her in a room where she quickly memorized and ate the message! After an extensive search they gave up and released her. Emily was able to deliver the message to General Sumter from memory and the British troops were forced into retreat. We have no confirmation, but we bet that the precious message was carried in a secure messenger bag for safe keeping prior to being devoured. In honor of Emily and all of the other heroes and heroines of the American Revolution, we are pleased to offer 20% off Realtree® Camo Print Bags of all shapes and styles for Independence Day. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July! UPDATE: This sale has expired, but please visit us at Fashlets for more exciting promotions!