LBJ’s 1941 U.S. Senate Campaign
Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson speaks with voters on one last campaign stop in Johnson City. The election was later that day. 6/28/41.
LBJ Library photo 41-6-130, by the Austin American-Statesman. Use free with credit to the original source.
A Fashion Friday salute to one of the staples of 1970s menswear — the leisure suit.
President Ford wore this one to a surprise drop-by at a spaghetti dinner for reporters and staff who traveled aboard Air Force 2 with him when he was Vice President, hosted by New York Times correspondent Marjorie Hunter, on October 18, 1975.
-From the Ford Library
First Ladies Fashion
Betty Ford donated one of her gowns to the First Ladies Hall at the Smithsonian on June 24, 1976. Betty is pictured here with Frankie Welch, the gown’s designer (at left), and S. Dillon Ripley, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
The princess line dress was produced at Ms. Welch’s studio in Alexandria, Virginia. Made from a pale green chiffon crepe embroidered with chrysanthemums that simulates fabric the First Lady had brought home from China, it also features a Chinese inspired high standing collar. Mrs. Ford had worn the gown at a few state functions, including White House dinners for the Shah of Iran and King Juan Carlos II of Spain.
“I’m delighted to have one of my favorite dresses in this very special collection,” Mrs. Ford said in her remarks. “When I brought visitors to this Hall, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to ever be here myself.”
-from the Ford Library
As a teenager growing up during the Depression, Betty Ford worked as a department model on Saturdays to earn money. “I would wander through Herpolsheimer’s tearoom wearing an outfit from stock, and ladies at the tables would stop me” to ask about the clothes and where to find them, she later recalled.
When Betty returned to Grand Rapids in the 1940s she found work at Herpolsheimer’s again, this time as a fashion coordinator. She trained models to show clothes and organized the Saturday fashion shows in the tearoom that she had previously modeled in.
Here she and her mother-in-law Dorothy Gardner Ford visit the Herpolisheimer’s Department store in July 1949.
-from the Ford Library
Ike’s 1919 Road Trip
As you embark on summer roadtrips, let’s hope you find better roads and bridges than Colonel Eisenhower did on the route of the 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy.
These photos with handwritten notes are from Eisenhower Library.
Ernest Hemingway Fighting a Bull
The Running of the Bulls is happening now in Spain. Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel, “The Sun Also Rises” famously described the Fiesta de San Fermin that brings thrill-seekers to the crowded streets of Pamplona alongside fighting bulls.
Here’s a photo of Hemingway bullfighting in Pamplona, Spain. Hemingway was participating in “The Amateurs” in 1925, one year before the publication of “The Sun Also Rises.”
Explore more from the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
“Where is Mamie Eisenhower’s 1955 Chrysler limousine? I would like to see it again. I once installed some Secret Service equipment on it when Mrs. Eisenhower was using it after the presidency.”
This week’s “Ask and Archivist” question at the Eisenhower Library comes from Washington State. For the answer, read more here.
PHOTO CAPTION: On November 14, 1955, President Eisenhower rode through Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the rear of a 1955 Chrysler Imperial limousine that was part of the White House fleet.
-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