Christmas Down South – Day 6 – The Old Try

Today, we want to give you something to decorate your ho-ho-homes. The Old Try is one of our favorite companies we’ve come across…ever. We talk about them often and proudly hang their work from our own walls. Multiple walls. Starting in May 2011, Micah was homesick and heartbroken after seeing Alabama beat up after the tornadoes. That, mixed with a good bit of Willie Morris, made him want to do something to show that just because he’d moved away from the South, didn’t mean he didn’t think about her. “These are my love letters chronicling our long distance relationship.”

Pick a print, any print, and leave a comment letting us know which one you want. A winner will be chosen at random on December 21st!

Frame not included. Ask Santa for that.



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    1. “Yellowhammer”

    2. Would love the “Summer, In Picture” print.

    3. Blue Skies!

    4. Gotta love “General Manners No. 1”. Thank you ma’am.

    5. Please! Just moved back home (TN) from NY and could *really* use this awesome piece. Keep up the good work, btw.

    6. Love me some Jesus! Tough to choose, but I wouldn’t hate winning that one. Merry Christmas, y’all.

    7. love carolina and hark! but general manners no. 1 is tops. i’ve been thoroughly enjoying my high cotton shirt – what a great collaboration!

    8. As a Tennessean, I already own “Eight Orange Squares” & “Rocky Top.” My law office could definitely use some more manners so I would add “General Manners No. 1” in blue to my collection. Merry Christmas!

    9. Charleston is the dream place to settle down with the fam, so “While I Breathe I Hope” is pretty much our mantra.

    10. Yellowhammer! It’s beautiful!

    11. “12th Man” print is amazing!!! Whoop!

    12. Jessica Richardson says:

      Well I’d have a hard time deciding if I should share my luck with a friend (gosh A’mighty) or keep it for myself (rocky top)!

    13. Foxtrot Lima! Miss my Florida Home!

    14. The Line! Love it!

    15. The Hark! print is great. Go Heels!

    16. Bull city!

    17. General manners no 1

    18. I love The Old Try and would love the General Manners No. 1 in blue!

    19. Hark the sound! My alma mater and always in my mind!

    20. I love the “Em Eye Crooked Letter” poster.

    21. 12th Man, please!

    22. WANT

    23. I love the “General Manners no. 1” print. :)

    24. “Old Line State.” Maryland pride, and our flag is beautiful!

    25. Would love a Carolina to hang in our Southern home.

    26. “Eight Orange Squares”

    27. I love the Manners print and the “Love me some Jesus” print. Great giveaway – thanks. And I love your blog – check in every day.

    28. I’d love to have Blue Skies to represent AL up here in Baltimore!

    29. 12th Man. Gig ’em.

    30. I’d love to have the “Sawgrass meets the sky” print. Great print representing my native Florida!

    31. Seth Palmer says:

      My pick would be “Carolina”

    32. I love Blue Skies! Im just glad I found these prints!

    33. Will Higdon says:

      I would love Summer, In Picture

    34. Would love to have “General Manner No. 1” in Blue to hang in my classroom. Just started a Southern Lit class at our high school, and the importance of manners relative to the Southern experience has been a semester-long conversation. Vital to the beauty of the South.

    35. Colin Forshwandivia says:

      Honey Suckles & Lightning Bugs

      I love them and have been asking for a few prints for Christmas :)

    36. lee lankford says:

      general manners in blue, would love for my boys room!

    37. Either Ft. Moultrie or general manners

    38. I love the honeysuckle/lightning bugs! They’re all great — thanks for letting me know about this company!

    39. TN Flag

    40. Claire Garst says:

      Even if I don’t win, I’m definitely getting the Kentucky Weep No More print!

    41. I love the Mason Jar “Summer in picture” print but I love all of the NC prints

    42. Keith Dycus says:

      “Sugar & Spice” for my Daughter who will be here in March..

    43. Sonya Houston says:

      I like the “While I breathe I hope” print.

    44. Jennifer in SC says:


    45. Jennifer in SC says:

      Love the Ft. Moultrie

    46. General Manners #1 in red == perfect for my sons room

    47. General Manners #1 in red – a southern tradition

    48. Yes Ma’am.

    49. Would love “Man of Letters”. Hotty Toddy!

    50. Summer, In Words!!

    51. I’d pick one of the Kentucky prints! Probably Weep No More My Lady in Blue!

    52. The Gosh A’mighty print for my fiancee, a die hard Ole Miss fan!

    53. The Maryland flag! Best state in the union.

    54. deb-u-naunt says:

      Yes Maam, please!

    55. Hope

    56. Godspeed would be a nice bookend to my Old Dominion print

    57. i love the “Dinner &” print, it would look great in my kitchen~

    58. The Old Line State

    59. Eight Orange Squares would be my pick!

    60. Summer, In Picture is amazing

    61. Grand Old Party! Love The Old Try products.

    62. Mason jars with lightin’ bugs, please!

    63. I love the General Manners No. 1 and The District!

    64. Summer, In Picture

    65. Weep No More My Lady

    66. Ginger Turnbough says:

      Yes Sir, No Sir, Please, and Thank You are always appropriate!

    67. “Yes Sir, No Sir” – a reminder to my children to “act right!”

    68. Being a Tennessee native who has also lived in Maryland and Louisiana, it was a hard choice for me to make, but I choose ROCKY TOP!

    69. I love “The Line”! Merry Christmas!

    70. A Southern girl to the core, I’m stuck in school in the north – “The Line” print would be the perfect reminder of home!

    71. Trey Keenan says:

      A Yes Sir… Yes Ma’am poster would be great to keep these rugrats in line :)

    72. ‘Til Gabriel Blows His Horn …. period, end of paragraph

    73. This displaced Virginian would love to hang Old Dominion in my office.

    74. Highway

      a glorious 8 hour stretch of plantations, sugar cane, cotton and fried chicken.

    75. I adore this company’s work; I have ordered several times for gifts. I would love to win the General Manners print for my boy’s room or any of the state of AL prints to remind me of home.

    76. Haleigh Parmer says:

      the anchors aweigh or the compass would look great in my house!

    77. The Line, please.

    78. Justin Hoppock says:

      Yes Ma’am
      No Ma’am
      Yes Sir
      No Sir
      Please, Thank You

    79. Ryan Green says:

      I love those Maryland prints. I’d like to add the “Old Line State” to my collection.

    80. Ashleigh Lancaster says:

      I already have one SC print, but my eyes are on “While I Breathe, I Hope” Next!

    81. LOVE the Grand Old Party print!

    82. Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation

    83. I would love the State Flag of Florida print.

    84. Thomas Perkins says:

      Texas, 1836

    85. Katy Kweder says:

      Summer, In Words…

    86. I love the “resurgens” print…seems like a good thing for all Atlantans to have.

    87. Jolie Sims says:

      love me some Jesus

    88. Keith Sims says:

      General Manners

    89. Yellow Dog!

    90. Ashton Daley says:

      I have to pick just one! True North is definitely the next to go on my walls.

    91. The Florida flag print needs to be hanging in Denver.

    92. any north carolina print

    93. Robie Sullins says:

      Tennessee print. Any Tennessee print.

    94. Loving the “Old Dominion” print!

    95. I truly love the artwork, “New and Old South”!

    96. love them all! but really love the tn state flag print and the general manners prints!!

    97. So precious! Love it!

    98. I love anything by Old Try! My favorite is the “Down Home” print.

    99. The Anchors Aweigh print would look killer in my living room

    100. I am OBSESSED with The Old Try. My favorite is the Sweet Home print. I would love to have it!

    101. I’ve got the Yes Sir one hanging in my sunroom – love it!! Now I want Hot Toddy, Gosh Almighty. Makes me think of a cocktail right now or a little bourbon!! Love living in the South!

    102. Brian Cromeens says:

      My Wife and Mother in Law bought me the Texas Republic Flag Print for my birthday. It looks great. I really enjoy Old Try’s products and would be pleased to have any of their prints…

      My current print crush is the Twelfth Man Print….

      Thanks and Gig’em

      Keep up the wonderful work.

    103. Love. all. of. this. As a middle school teacher the General Manners needs to be prominently displayed in my classroom!

    104. Grand Old Party…absolutely LOVE it!!! Merry Christmas :)

    105. the “Free Republic” print from Tennessee. Can always use more patriotism. Thanks!

    106. Texas, 1836!

    107. Would love the manners print for our kids’ room.

    108. Em I crooked letter

    109. I want the Old Dominion print from the Virginia line!

    110. Oh man my mom would be so proud if she new how badly I wanted this

    111. This Tennessee girl would love General Manners No. 1 in red for her NYC apartment!

    112. Love the General Manners

    113. Alabama Block Party (in crimson of course)

    114. Hmmmmmm…Gotta go with the Purple Cross Cutaway in slim fit. Wait…yeah, I’ll take that one.

    115. Jonathan Guidry says:

      Anchors aweigh would look great in my new house!

    116. S. Carolina Hope print Go Cocks!

    117. The “‘Til Gabriel Blows His Horn” Print! I’m a law student at UT and a native Texan and I need something to hang in my house to go with all of my Alabama memorabilia from undergrad.

    118. Love them all!!!! …but gotta go with the Love Me Some Jesus.

    119. I’d love the 39° 43′ print. I’ve already got the shirt, and my heart sits essentially on the Mason-Dixon.

    120. Scott Kidd says:

      Texas- Bonnie blue!

    121. Love the “27” Florida print!

    122. I love the lightning bugs in the mason jar.

    123. The Fort Moultrie print is my favorite!

    124. Love to get the manners print. Great to have to remind us all to me more polite in times like these.

    125. Steve Jones says:

      “Summer, In Words.”
      “Honeysuckle, Lightning Bugs” are likely my two favorite uniquely Southern things.

    126. Yes ma’am, yes sir- manners. With all the running around and hubbub during this festive season so many forget little things like manners.

    127. PreppyCowgirl says:

      yes ma’am…yEs sir….PURTY PLEASE!!!
      love BACK DOWN SOUTH!

    128. Suzanne Hammontree says:

      I would like either the “sugar and spice” or the “snakes and snails” and if I win one, I want to purchase the other. I have two wonderful grandchildren–a girl and a boy–and all of us are Southern both by the Grace of God and by birth!! Actually I love all your prints.

    129. I like Old New South.

    130. M X 1 Mississippi print

    131. Manners print.

    132. I love the “What Folks Are Made Of” Sugar and spice one! It was closely followed by grand old party and yes ma’am

    133. True North

    134. I have been a fan of theirs for a long time, buying prints for my family members but I have yet to get one for myself. I am out in Wyoming and would love an “8 orange squares” print to put on my wall out here. Go vols and God bless the South!

    135. I would love the “Dinner &” print with Grits and Gravy.

    136. Yellowhammer! It’s the state bird and the BEST gameday drink. Next time you’re in Tuscaloosa, stop by Gallette’s on the strip and have one or a few. It’s recipe is a secret but I was able to get my hands on it. Oh and it’s cheer but I don’t care for it…War Eagle!

    137. Love the Resurgens print and the history behind it!

    138. Summer, In Words.

    139. Love the Weep No More, My Lady Old Kentucky Home Print! Too cute!

    140. I’ve had my eye on the Fort Moultrie print for some time now. I would love to have a little bit of South Carolina with me in my new home 15 hours away

    141. True North.

    142. I NEED one of these prints! any of these would surely be fantastic! But the one I want is the Grand Old Party, that one is just awesome!

    143. i sure would love the “while I breathe I hope” Print from SC!!!!

    144. Love the “Yes Ma’am No Ma’am” print! It’s always a great reminder of being polite :)

    145. Old south New south

    146. I am loving the Alabama block party print in Crimson of course!

    147. Melanie Tapp says:

      I adore the “Love me some Jesus” print! I thought it was just my friends who said this, I didn’t realize it was truly a southern thing! Makes me even more proud to be Southern!

    148. Any of the ampersand sets in the “Etc.” category! It wasn’t until this past July that my father-in-law and mother-in-law introduced me to chicken & waffles at our farewell wedding reception in NC. Needless to say, I fell in love with the southern delight and it will be a tradition in our home for years to come! The prints would make a lovely statement in our little San Francisco apartment kitchen that currently has no wall art (and it will remind us of home while being so far away). Thanks, y’all! Go Heels!

    149. The Fort Moultrie print in the South Carolina category!

    150. Love the District! Or Old Dominion. DMV represent!

    151. Representing my home state of FL, so would love ‘Sawgrass&Sky’. I already own ‘General Manner No. 1’ and I love it!

    152. Please pick me!
      I would love to have the longitude/latitude Mason Dixon line print. A must have in a true Southern home!!

      Thx, MV

    153. Has to be the Fort Moultrie print!

    154. “Yes Ma’am No Ma’am”! I’m in college on the West Coast and I miss manners!

    155. It is so hard to choose one! I love them all, especially the General Manners No. 1. Just perfect.

    156. Love these prints, especially the South Carolina one and the Yes Sir No Sir!

    157. I love “The Line”!

    158. Jon Giddens says:

      S. Carolina “Hope”

    159. I adore The Old Try! They have definitely captured the essence of living in the South in their prints and their designs, and even their checkout process has little bits of “Southern-isms” thrown in! I just love it! (Bless their hearts!) :)

      Being a Georgia girl, I’d love the Georgia flag print, the “Wisdom, Justice & Moderation” one. I know it might be a touchy subject, but I think the print is beautifully rendered! Thanks y’all!

    160. Daniel Axtell says:

      “Yes ma’am, no ma’am, yes sir, no sir, Please, thank you.”

    161. Montague Totten says:

      “Forever to Thee” GO COCKS!

    162. I love weep no more my lady for my husband! He’s a KY boy!

    163. I already asked for “Weep No More…,” like a good Kentuckian, but I love the dinner prints. I’ve got my eye on the Chicken and Waffles!

    164. Rocky Top! Gotta show my new found love for Nashville, TN!

    165. KATHERINE ORR says:

      I have already purchased the Tennessee State flag print, but absolutely love the print “Yes ma’am, No Ma’am”……

    166. The orange and white checkerboard. I’ve been eyeing it for a while.

    167. Blue Skies. Gotta love Alabama

    168. Love Old Try! Would love to have a “Yellowhammer” so I can have a lil Rammer Jammer up here in Colorado. Roll Tide!

    169. Yes Ma’am No Ma’am, please :))

    170. “Dinner &” …need something for my kitchen.

    171. Michael Douglas says:

      I’d love the “Love me some Jesus” print.

      Merry Christmas to you!

    172. I am a Man of Letters – Love Old Try and would love another print!

    173. Old Line State would look great on this Maryland grad’s wall!

    174. I love them all, but my favorite has to be General Manners No 1!

    175. “The District” – to go with my Alabama print… two places I’ve lived in and love.

    176. Michelle Smith says:

      Yellow hammer – my husband is a huge Alabama fan and would be the perfect way to send good luck for the national championship game.

    177. Michelle Smith says:

      Yellow hammer – my husband is a huge Alabama fan and would be the perfect way to send good luck in the national championship game.

    178. WEEP NO MORE MY LADY would be my choice. A friend has it on his Christmas wish list, it would make a great Christmas gift.

    179. I would pick Summer in Words. (Thought I love Fort Moultrie as well!)

    180. Jamie Montgomery says:

      I love the summer, in picture… love a mason jar!

    181. Allison Gruehn says:

      Mannrers–we all need a reminder now and then!

    182. I love the Honey Suckle print.
      In the throes of new england almost-winter, it reminds me of the not-so-long-ago summer.
      All hail Old Try.

    183. This one goes back to the basics – love it!

    184. Wisdom, Justice, & Moderation is one of my favorite ones.

    185. I would either choose General Manners or The Line. Love their stuff!

    186. New South print would look great in our bedroom!

    187. I’m not from the South–unless Southern California counts–but I do love Old Try’s prints. The one you have featured is one of my favorites. I don’t know if I’d hang it in my kids room or the living room. It’s perfect!

    188. Yes Ma’am No Ma’am please and thank you!

    189. Love Old Try and the wisdom, justice, and moderation print!

    190. I’m a georgia boy, gotta go with Wisdom, Justice & Moderation

    191. Love these. And because I am a homesick North Carolinian, I love the “Carolina” print.

    192. Would love the manners print for my little guy’s room.

    193. My wife would absolutely ADORE “Yes Ma’am No Ma’am” for her classroom at the child development center. Sign us up for that.

    194. Kevin Cuthbertson says:

      Being a Rebel, I prefer the Gosh A’mighty print

    195. Love the Fort Moultrie LIBERTY print!!!

    196. The Ft Moultrie Liberty print is one of my favorites.

    197. Emily Dunkle says:

      I love the new North Carolina one!

    198. I have been wanting the yes ma’am no ma’am print for FOREVER. Would love to win!!!

    199. Wahoowa or the Mason Jar!

    200. Taylor Cain says:

      I’d love to win the Fort Moultrie print for the great state of South Carolina. There’s no better war story in SC than that of our beloved fort’s and the creation of what is now our state flag.

    201. The Lowders would love to add the Old/New South print to our collection for Christmas.

    202. Catherine G. says:

      Love, love, love the North Carolina “Hark the Sound” print. I’m a UNC alumna! Hark the Sound, Go Heels!

    203. I am loving the new NC print – Land of the Long Leaf Pine.

    204. Ashley Pero says:

      I love Summer, In Picture!

    205. The Line

    206. Shawn ONeill says:

      Yes Ma’am No Ma’am print says it all for south of Mason-Dixon!

    207. I LOVE their prints. I would want the Arkansas state flag print. It would be a great addition to my photo gallery!

    208. Kristen Allen says:

      Yes ma’am, no ma’am, makes me feel proud to be born and raised in Kentucky and now be a resident of Alabama

    209. Charles Boudreaux says:


    210. nancy wall farrington says:

      Yes Ma’am No Ma’am for sure. It’s so Charleston. No matter how old you are.

    211. Would love the Manners print!

    212. Yes, please!

    213. I’ve been admiring Old Try’s prints for a while now. I plan to acquire all of the Alabama prints, General Manners, etc. I love the “Let The Band Play” (Dixie) print that is featured on Garden&Gun’s website as well…I’ll have to go with “Let The Band Play” or “Blue Skies” for my first print. Love their work!

    214. General Manners No. 1 in Blue. My husband and I already have both Arkansas prints and it would be the perfect addition!

    215. I love Blue Skies, but the yellowhammer print is a close second :)

    216. Ashley D. Coleman says:

      The Old/New South print…. hands down.

    217. yay! Love General Manners No. 1 -in blue! I really enjoy both these sites. Thanks!

    218. Since I already have Spruce Knob (WV), I would probably choose the manners print or Love me Some Jesus. I also love me some Old Try.

    219. I want all of them…But we’re currently trying to finish decorating our FROG (South Carolina term for a Bonus Room…stands for Finished Room over the Garage) so I’d choose the Anchors Away print to complete out collection of Navy items from my husband’s time in Annapolis & in the Navy.

    220. Would love to add Down Home to my home!

    221. Mill Graves says:

      Weep no more my lady!!!

    222. Love the Eyes of Texas! Such an awesome reminder throughout the year.

    223. Laura Caroline says:

      I am in love with the Hark the Sound print! I’ve been swooning over it for months. Such a great reminder of my beloved alma mater!

    224. Yes Ma’am No Ma’am, will hang with pride in the living room as a reminder to my northern friends of my southern roots. Also as a remiinder to the boy and girl….

    225. Love me some manners even though I live north of the Mason Dixon line!
      Yes Ma’am No Ma’am all the way!

    226. Rocky Top!

    227. LOVE the 12th Man one!!!!

    228. I’d love the yellowhammer print! I moved north of the mason dixon line a few months ago and wasn’t homesick until winter came and the Tide stopped playing. My apartment needs a good talking piece and I’d love to display such a nice print!

    229. WAHOOWA! Even told my gf I wanted it for Christmas, but I don’t think she listened.

    230. Karli cook says:

      “Love Me SOme Jesus” needs to be the third print in my collection!

    231. Rachel trammell says:

      True north!

      Love it.

    232. This would be a wonderful new edition to mine an my fiancé new house for our first ever Christmas in it.

    233. I’d love “Rocky Top”!

    234. This would make a perfect addition to the walls of mine and my fiancé new house for our first ever Christmas in it.

    235. Yes Ma’am No Ma’am – Going to hang it in my sons room so he’s reminded each day to be a gentleman.

    236. My husband is in the military and we move a lot. I’d love to have the “Blue Skies” print to remind me of home no matter where I am.

    237. Gotta go with Blue Skies. Orange and Blue Block Party is a very close second (War Eagle!)

    238. Love this for my boys playroom! Gotta keep em polite :)

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