So each of New York State's 62 counties has an actual official county seal.  ever notice it?

Me neither.

The county seals are little pieces of official artwork that are supposed to highlight, in creative graphics, the history or strong points of their home county.  Some of them feature famous men, some highlight animals or agriculture, others may feature natural landmarks like mountains, lakes, or rivers.  A lot of work went into creating these colorful little county symbols.

But who notices them?  Probably nobody.

So in this gallery we took ten random Upstate New York counties and examine their county seals.  And guess what?  They are pretty cool!

Take a look at the symbolism and stories depicted on these seals.  They (for the most part) really nail it.  I mean, take Essex County for example.  Located high up in the Adirondacks.  Their county seal features mountains (Whiteface?), pine trees, and a blue lake.  Simple.  Plain.  Attractive.  And, oh so Essex County.

And one boring old county seal has stirred up a bit of a scandal!  You will read about it in the gallery.  Shocking!

If your county did not make this list, don't fret.  With dozens more the examine we will revisit this topic again and again over the next several months.

In the meantime, think about it.  If you were tasked with creating a simple, but to the point, seal for your county, say Broome or Erie or Saratoga for example, which characters and images would choose for decoration on the county seal?

It's a great little mind game and not as easy as you would think!

Upstate New York Official County Seals Tell Fascinating Stories!

Each county in New York State (and all across the country) has an official county seal. They all have them, but have we ever really looked at them? They are on government buildings, county flags, and adorn all official county business communications.

But what do they mean?

Well, they mean a lot, actually. Here is a random selection of ten Upstate New York official county seals. You can see the diligence most graphic artists employed coming up with images that represent the county the best. Some are a bit weak, and others are spot on.

So, did your county make the list? If not, watch for future similar galleries!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

Betcha' Didn't Know This! 17 Upstate New York Inventions We Are Very Thankful For!

New York can boast of being the home of literally thousands of inventions. Here is a starter list of 17 (more lists will follow).. And I can speak for everyone when I say we are VERY thankful for each and every one of these items!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio