The Front Page: Feb. 27, 1980
This 1934 $100,000 gold certificate bearing the face of President Woodrow Wilson was the highest denomination ever issued by the United States. According to the National Museum of American History, which holds the certificate:
During the early 1930s, the United States and the rest of the industrialized world experienced an economic depression. In 1934, the United States continued its movement toward removing its currency from the gold standard. It even became illegal to possess gold coins or gold-based currency until Congress relented somewhat for collectors. The Gold Certificate Series of 1934 poses a slight puzzle since the United States was off the gold standard by 1934. The $100,000 note shown here was not intended for general circulation but was used as an accounting device between branches of the Federal Reserve.Sorry, numismatic fanatics: according to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, it can’t be legally held by currency note collectors.
Via the National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
GOP presidential candidate Alf Landon makes a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa, on September 28, 1936.
Landon faced incumbent President Franklin Roosevelt. Governor of Kansas, the “Sunflower State,” Landon adopted the sunflower as his campaign symbol. Kansas Senator Bob Dole did the same thing when he ran for president in 1996, so I don’t know maybe it’s time to retire that idea, what do you think guys?
Photo held by the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, Davenport Public Library, Davenport, Iowa. Accessed via the Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive, a collaborative project of cultural heritage organizations in the Iowa-Illinois Mississippi River region.
Fans of Richard Nixon brave the rain waiting for his arrival in Nebraska in May 1968. THE WORLD-HERALD
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I am looking for a front page photo w/caption from, I believe, 1964 or 1965 showing President LBJ (immediately following his arrival at LAX aboard Air Force One) surrounded by a crowd of people and shaking hands with one FAA employee just outside the, then, adjacent FAA hangar (where Air Force One had taxied over from the LAX runway).
This one’s tough. I don’t think I found exactly what you’re looking for, but I found two items that may come close.
First, here’s President Lyndon B. Johnson at Palm Springs airport, on the Feb. 21, 1964, cover of the Los Angeles Times:
The caption reads as follows: “SHOW OF HANDS — President Johnson shakes hands with some of hundreds who lined up to greet him at Palm Springs airport on his arrival for meeting with Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos.”
And second, here’s Johnson, as vice president, at Los Angeles Airport in November 1963:
This photo is curious, though, because I’m having trouble finding where and when it was published in The Times. Here’s the caption, as supplied by the UCLA Library archive of Times photos: “CHEERY GREETING — Susie Hand, on the the Happy Bluebirds of Bellagio Rd. School, shakes hands with Vice President Lyndon Johnson on his arrival at airport. Susie is the daughter of Lloyd Hand, a former aide to the Vice President. In the background is Mrs. Billie Spencer, who was in charge of the Happy Bluebirds.”
The UCLA Library archive says the photo was published Nov. 15, 1963, but I don’t see it in that edition. The Happy Bluebirds, Susie Hand and Mrs. Billie Spencer are also tough to track down. Any help figuring out that mystery — or our anonymous reader’s — would be appreciated.