- President Richard Nixon, October 7, 1970.
Nixon campaigned in 1968 on the idea that he would end the war in Vietnam. In January 1973, he announced the end of U.S involvement , but the war continued. The last U.S. combat soldiers left in March of 1973; it wasn’t until April 30, 1975, when North Vietnamese tanks rolled into Saigon, that the war ended.
WSB-TV newsfilm clip of United States president Richard M. Nixon speaking about the Vietnam War while in town to dedicate the Ocean Science Center of the Atlantic on Skidaway Island, Savannah, Georgia, 1970 October 7, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 1680, 38:53/41:56, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.
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
The 1860 Republican National Convention took place in the “Wigwam" in Chicago. Delegates would nominate Illinois Representative Abraham Lincoln for President and Hannibal Hamlin of Maine for Vice President.
Photos from Bygone Days in Chicago; Recollections of the “Garden city” of the Sixties by Frederick Francis Cook , digitized through the University of Illinois Library’s participation in the Open Content Alliance
Presidential fancy lad, William Howard Taft
Doesn’t work that way, unfortunately …
I would have brought this to school every. single. day.
Before he was president, Jimmy Carter was a one-term Georgia governor, serving from 1971-75. In his inaugural address (opens a PDF), Carter laid out his vision for a Georgia of the future:
"At the end of a long campaign, I believe I know our people as well as anyone. Based on the knowledge of Georgians north and south, rural and urban, liberal and conservative, I say to you quite frankly the time for racial discrimination is over. No poor, rural, weak or black person should ever have to bear the additional burden of being deprived of the opportunity of an education, a job, or simple justice."
The tone and content of his speech attracted nationwide attention, with Time Magazine declaring him a leader of the “new South.”
Georgia Capitol Museum, University System of Georgia. Currently at the Capitol Building, 4th Floor, Exhibit Case “Governor Campaigning”
I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.
"T. Jefferson President of the United States of America: John Adams is no more."
A linen banner celebrating Thomas Jefferson’s win in the presidential election of 1800, while tweaking his opponent John Adams and his Federalist supporters.
According to the National Museum of American History, which holds the banner, it’s “believed to be one of the earliest surviving textiles carrying partisan imagery.”
This romantic 1907 4-postcard puzzle series evokes a certain “Teddy,” “the head of a nation,” though it claims “not the slightest relation.”
The connection between Teddy Roosevelt and teddy bears dates back to a hunting trip in 1902, according to the Theodore Roosevelt Association. After failing to spot a bear during the hunt, anxious guides found an old, injured bear and offered it up to the president. Roosevelt declared it unsportsmanlike and refused to shoot.
After renowned political cartoonist Clifford Berryman heard the story, the first of many cartoons featuring Roosevelt and a small bear debuted in the Washington Post. A candy shop owner in New York who’d seen Berryman’s original cartoon put two homemade stuffed “Teddy’s bears” in his shop window. They were so popular the owner started mass-producing them; meanwhile, at about the same time, German seamstress Margarete Steiff expanded her company’s line of stuffed animals to include bears. An American businessman saw the Steiff bears at the Leipzig Toy Fair in 1903 and ordered 3,000 to be sold back home. The “Teddy” bear was on its way to becoming one of the most popular gifts for kids and significant others.
So if someone gives you a stuffed bear today, just know it’s because Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a half-dead bear in 1902. Maybe don’t bring that up right away, though.
Happy Valentine’s Day!