A giant cake from Hersheys that turns out to be plywood and papier mâché is like a nightmare I would have had as a kid.
On October 13, 1953, one day before President Eisenhower’s 63rd birthday, Hershey hosted a birthday party for him. The party was intended as a fund raiser for the Republican Party. Pictured above are Mamie and Ike in the Hershey Sports Arena next to the giant (9 feet wide, 6 feet high) birthday cake made of plywood and papier mâché, topped by 63 electric candles. The two of them got a piece from a small portion of real cake inserted in the second layer.
Creepiest Business Card Ever
This card, advertising the engraving and printing services of one A.G. Gedney of Washington, D.C., contains about twenty hairs from the head of President Abraham Lincoln and that’s not actually the creepiest part:
Hair side reads:
Cut from the head of Abraham Lincoln by Dr. Brown the Embalmer and given by him to Mr. Gedney of Washington; Cut from the vicinity of the wound.
Ew. Non-hair side reads:
A.G. Gedney, Copper, Steel & Lithographic Engraving & Printing. Washington. 466 Penna. Avenue.
So, questions: why was Dr. Brown the Embalmer handing out locks of Lincoln’s hair? Did Gedney buy it? Was hair “cut from the vicinity of the wound” more expensive that non-wound-related hair? Did Gedney think Presidential Hair Business Cards (did he have more than one?) would get him more engraving business?
These are questions which demand answers!
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Rare Books Dept. Prints and Ephemera. Judd Stewart collection
In celebration of winning the Presidency of 1881,Chester Arthur went on a Brooks Brothers shopping spree. He just became my favorite president.
Did Four Hours of Televised Richard Nixon Help Clinch the 1968 Election?
On November 4, 1968, one day before the general election, GOP presidential candidate Richard Nixon held a four-hour telethon (two hours for the East coast and two hours for the West coast) to speak directly to voters. Actor Jackie Gleason opened the program with a personal endorsement for Nixon.
Telephone operators, including Nixon’s daughters Tricia and Julie, took questions from viewers across the country, a selection of which were chosen by moderator Bud Wilkinson for Nixon to answer. Wilkinson also talked to audience members, like Dwight Eisenhower’s grandson, David, who would soon marry Julie Nixon.
In RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, Nixon wrote:
Some of my advisers had thought that such a costly and tiring effort was not needed, but I overruled them. I remembered 1960 and felt I should do everything possible that might make the difference in a close election. It was my best campaign decision. Had we not had that last telethon, I believe [Hubert] Humphrey would have squeaked through with a close win on election Day.But more importantly: how adorable are Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower? I mean really.
H/T Michael Beschloss on Twitter. Watch the telethon on Vimeo.
Whenever I start to feel sad I just remember that there exists a Theodore Roosevelt mascot.
Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John F. Kennedy waves to supporters while standing on the roof of a car outside the Concourse Plaza Hotel in the Bronx, New York City, Nov. 5, 1960