It’s Zachary Taylor as you’ve never seen him: riding side-saddle on a white horse … with a sword and a top hat … surrounded by flowers, in this lovely textile depicting General Taylor in a battle during the Mexican War.
Franklin Roosevelt loomed large in American popular culture. Elected to four terms as America’s president, he became a familiar presence on the radio and in newspapers, magazines, and newsreels. Inevitably, his well-known likeness appeared on products ranging from clocks and lamps, such as this one, to calendars, bookends, and jigsaw puzzles.
Try not to be overcome with squee, all you Dick Gephardt fangirls out there.
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Worn by Patricia Hawley, a Wisconsin delegate to the 1996 Democratic National Convention, this is an official “cheesehead,” manufactured by Foamation, Inc., out of Milwaukee. To it, Hawley festooned the chapeau with stickers and a pinwheel to complete the look, according to the National Museum of American History, adding one more to the long list of interesting and unusual hats worn by delegates at party conventions.