On the third Monday of February we honor the first President of the United States, George Washington. Washington's Birthday has been a Federal holiday since 1879 and in recent years, when we started calling it Presidents Day, has become synonymous with mattress and car sales. We've rounded up ten items that honor Washington the man — from portraits to an iPod skin to dollar bill art.
• The Mount Vernon Estate of Colours Fan Deck, available for $50, is a collaboration between Mount Vernon and Fine Paints of Europe. 30 of the colors are painstakingly duplicated directly from Mount Vernon's interior, while period artifacts are the inspiration for many of the other colors in the Estate of Colours collection.
• This George Washington portrait by Vladimir Gorsky has a pop art style that brings a modern touch to the most famous American of the 18th century. Contact artist for pricing.
• The George Washington Bedspread, shown here from P.C. Fallon Co., may make you think of your grandmother's house. The cotton bedspreads were popular in the 1930s, and even then were a reproduction of the bedspreads used by Mr. and Mrs. Washington. Starting at $125
• This Staffordshire Bust of George Washington sold for $690 when it was auctioned by Cowan's Auctions in February of 2007. Busts of Washington are a dime a dozen on Ebay so keep your eyes peeled for one of your own.
• Slap this George Washington Enjoys 3D iPhone Skin on your phone and ponder such questions as 'who would George call?' and 'what movie would george see?' $49
• This 12-piece George Washington Bicentennial Plate Collection is being offered for $1,200. Each plate depicts a historical scene from our first president's life.
• Nothing says America like folk art! This woodcarving by James Neill of Ozark, Missouri is available on etsy for $248. The piece, measuring 24" tall, is carved from pine and painted in acrylic.
• Bidding on this George Washington Needlepoint Portrait ends on February 25. Dated from the 19th Century, the portrait is inscribed Souvenir to Doctor Johnson, from the orphans of St. Vincent's Asylum. Historical and creepy!
• Rest your weary head on George Washington's face with this silk pillow. Available from Spitfire Girl for $60, you too can see what Martha woke up to every morning.
• This amazing skull by Scott Campbell is constructed from dollar bills, which of course feature President Washington rather prominently. Contact artist for pricing.
Images: As linked above.