Truman and Stalin, in Color
Another great color photo of President Truman with someone you might not expect – Joseph Stalin.
Truman and Stalin met while attending the Potsdam Conference in Germany in July of 1945, shortly after the end of World War II in Europe.
The first meeting between Harry S. Truman and President Franklin D. Roosevelt after Truman won the Democratic Vice-Presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention. 8/18/44.
The National Christmas Tree with the White House in the background.
Below, a composite photo of President Dwight D. Eisenhower pushing the button to light the National Christmas Tree, and the tree after lighting. 12/22/59.
-from the Eisenhower Library
Today in 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt met with fellow Allied leaders Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin for the Tehran Conference. From November 28 to December 1, the Big Three, as they were known, discussed strategy against Germany and Japan. This included the decision to launch Operation Overlord, the codename for D-Day.
For a glimpse of history in the making, here are two photos from the Tehran Conference in Iran. The one on the left is a well-known image of the Big Three seated on a porch together. The image on the right shows the action around them, including a crowd of photographers with spent flash bulbs by their feet.
While the Truman picture elements in the Motion Picture Preservation Lab are in better shape than the magnetic soundtracks, we still sometimes find very visible signs of deterioration. Some types of film splicing tape used in the past react with film emulsion over time, causing discoloration. We remove harmful tape, clean off the residue, and resplice the film using more stable tape. Though we can’t remove the discoloration, it will be much less evident when the film is reprinted to new black and white polyester film stock.
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.