"STOP REAGAN’S GRIM REAPER" — Anti-nuke protest, Los Angeles, February 23, 1987, photo by Mike Sergieff. Original caption reads, “Holding banners, carrying placards, and beating drums, members of Earth First! stage an anti-nuclear protest near the Westwood Federal Building on behalf of astrophysicist Charles Hyder, who has been fasting for 153 days in Washington. Motorists gawked as the local demonstrators undertook their 24-hour vigil and fast.” (Los Angeles Public Library)
Great artwork from George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign, reflective of his campaign slogan, “Come Home America.”
It’s featured in the Library of Congress’ recent coffee table book, Presidential Campaign Posters From the Library of Congress: Two Hundred Years of Election Art, though per the LOC entry, it was never an official poster.
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-USZC4-14781], Design: Alix Nelson, Paul Weller, Paul Bacon, Copyright 1972 Darien House, Inc., A Contemporary Poster Classic, Distributed exclusively by Darien House, Inc., New York City
Personally, these are the kind of questions that keep me up at night. Dammit, this nation deserves some closure!
On June 24, 1916, silent film star Mary Pickford, “America’s Sweetheart,” became the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract. She went on to co-found the film studio United Artists with Charlie Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, and her soon-to-be husband, Douglas Fairbanks. Pickford was also one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
She is seen here with President Herbert Hoover, giving him a ticket for a film industry benefit for the unemployed on November 12, 1931.
Fourth of July with the Presidents
Some Presidents preferred to relax away from the White House – Lyndon B. Johnson traditionally spent the holiday at his ranch in Stonewall, Texas. Others have traced the history of the holiday with visits to Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Read more
To celebrate the Fourth here’s a gallery of Presidential Independence Day celebrations from the White House Blog.
This photo is from the fireworks display over Washington D.C. during the Eisenhower administration. 7/4/54.
“Liberty is a living flame to be fed, not dead ashes to be revered, even in a Bicentennial year.”
-Gerald R. Ford
President Ford stands at attention while Marines present the flag prior to delivering his remarks on American Independence at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1976.
-from the Gerald R. Ford Library