Day 26: Eleanor Roosevelt in India
In 1952 Eleanor made a significant trip to Asia – a month of which was spent in India. Having been invited by Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Eleanor chronicled her trip through her “My Day” columns and later in her book India and the Awakening East. Through her writings she worked on educating Americans on what was a little-known country at the time.
Her “My Day” column from March 3, 1952 talks about her excitement at finally visiting India:
It is very exciting to be in India after reading my father’s letters of many years ago, which told of his trip under very different circumstances 89 years ago. Meeting people from here and reading books about it are not quite the same as seeing with one’s own eyes. It is really a joy to feel that I have accomplished something I have talked about and hoped for, but really did not ever expect to see. My impressions are becoming very well crystallized in my mind as I go forward on this trip, and it is certainly most interesting to see the difference that a landscape takes on when it is peopled by so many more inhabitants than one would see at home in the same area of space.
"Ask an Archivist" at the Eisenhower Library
This month’s Ask an Archivist query comes from Missouri.
“I would love to use the following quote in a paper about stamp collecting that I am writing for a college course, but I don’t know when or in what context President Eisenhower said it. Any chance you can help?
‘The stamps of the world are powerful object lessons in the eternal hunger of men for knowledge and news about their fellow men. They are a pictorial history of all the arts and sciences, and human progress, since the earliest civilizations.’” – Anonymous
Yes! We know exactly where that quote comes from. It is part of the President’s December 13, 1955 statement to the Fifth International Philatelic Exhibit (FIPEX) held at New York City Coliseum from April 28 to May 6, 1956.
Retired Lieutenant General Cornelius W. Wickersham, formerly of General Eisenhower’s WWII staff, was one of the individuals associated with the exhibit and asked a White House special assistant for a statement from President Eisenhower that could be used to promote the exhibit.
Photo: Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield presents a block of “Atoms for Peace” stamps to President Eisenhower during the White House ceremony marking the issuance of the new three-cent stamp, July 28, 1955
-from the Eisenhower Library
Harry S. Truman at a Surprise Poker Party
Photo: Surprise poker party at the home of A. J. & Mildred Granoff, on the occasion of A. J. Granoff’s 60th birthday. Seated at the poker table in the lower left hand corner are: Frank Rope, A. D. “Doc” Jacobson, former President Harry S. Truman, Hy Vile (standing), A. J. Granoff, and Harry Small. 2/22/56.
-from the Truman Library
The Development of TV Spots
Television became an important part of campaign fundraising for the 1952 presidential election.
These storyboards are from an Eisenhower campaign strategy book that illustrates how money-raising goals were achieved through “TV Spots.”
Thirty four more days until the Presidential election. In the coming weeks, the Presidential Libraries will be featuring memorabilia, photos, and documents from campaigns of the past century.
Up first, a campaign comic book created for the 1952 election. A Republican senatorial campaign in Rhode Island promoted the GOP slate by making the most of Dwight Eisenhower’s heroic image as “Leader, Statesman, Administrator, Presidential Candidate.”