Hoover Campaign Songs, 1928

In 1928, campaign songs were not like the borrowed pop tunes or professional advertising jingles of today.  In fact, campaign advertising in all its forms was very different than today.  There was little centralized control, no focus group tested messaging, and certainly no requirement for candidates to “approve” anything.  Most campaign songs were not commissioned … Continue reading Hoover Campaign Songs, 1928

Kicking off a Presidential Campaign — Herbert Hoover’s 1928 Acceptance Speech

On August 11, 1928, Herbert Hoover formally launched his campaign for the Presidency.  That’s not a typo -- yes, the campaign kicked off less than three months before Election Day.  At that time, Presidential candidates were expected to modestly pretend they weren’t running until after the party conventions, though of course their “friends” were working … Continue reading Kicking off a Presidential Campaign — Herbert Hoover’s 1928 Acceptance Speech

The Economy Act of 1932

By Spencer Howard On June 30, 1932, President Herbert Hoover signed into law the "Economy Act of 1932" to reduce government salaries, which was intended to help balance the Federal budget that was badly in the red due to the Great Depression.  At the time almost all economists and politicians believed that a balanced budget … Continue reading The Economy Act of 1932

The Good Will Tour – a Journalist’s Adventure

Rodney Dutcher was one of 27 journalists who accompanied President-Elect Herbert Hoover on his "Good Will Tour" of Latin America in November and December 1928.  Dutcher was a bureau manager and political columnist for the Newspaper Enterprise Association, one of the big news syndicates that served 850 U.S. newspapers.  As published for a much smaller … Continue reading The Good Will Tour – a Journalist’s Adventure

“Viva Hoover” exhibit – but what’s that thing that looks like a clock?

A number of visitors to the temporary exhibit "Viva Hoover!  The 1928 Goodwill Tour"have asked about one of the large photographs of the battleship USS Maryland -- what is that clock-like thing on the mast? It's a device called a "range clock," and you will see it in pictures of battleships from World War I … Continue reading “Viva Hoover” exhibit – but what’s that thing that looks like a clock?

Herbert Hoover’s Good Will Tour – by Battleship

When Herbert Hoover was elected President in 1928, long-distance air travel was still in the future; Franklin Roosevelt would become the first President to travel internationally by air.  Hoover left the continental U.S. twice: first, as President-Elect in 1928, he traveled to Latin America on a "Good Will Tour," then in 1931 he visited Puerto … Continue reading Herbert Hoover’s Good Will Tour – by Battleship

The Impeachment of Herbert Hoover

Some recent news articles have noted previous Presidents who have faced impeachment, including Herbert Hoover.  In a narrow sense this is true – on Dec. 13, 1932 and Jan. 17, 1933, Rep. Louis Thomas McFadden, a Republican from Pennsylvania, offered resolutions on the floor of the House calling for the impeachment of President Hoover.  It's … Continue reading The Impeachment of Herbert Hoover

Waterloo Movie Makers, or, The Gift that Would Not Stop Giving

In August, 1928, Lou Henry Hoover visited her hometown of Waterloo as part of a trip through Iowa to kick off Herbert Hoover's Presidential campaign.  While Lou expected to be the center of attention, she did not anticipate the persistence of a local photographer who saw a business opportunity. As the appointed day approached, the … Continue reading Waterloo Movie Makers, or, The Gift that Would Not Stop Giving

Christmas in Vienna, 1920 – Part 3: Caring for the children

Continuing Coningsby Dawson's tour of post-World War I Vienna, his writings sought to convey the absolute desperation of the people – primarily children – who were dependent on the American Relief Administration.  In this dispatch, he describes his visit to one of the child-feeding stations: Today I visited one of the strategic points where the battle … Continue reading Christmas in Vienna, 1920 – Part 3: Caring for the children