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

Once upon a time in America

Once upon a time in America, elections, even the most bitterly contested elections, included high flying rhetoric and deeply held principles to counter balance the general mud-slinging.  One such election was held in the fall of 1932.  Incumbent President Herbert Hoover engaged in a heated campaign against challenger Franklin Roosevelt, Governor of New York.  There … Continue reading Once upon a time in America

First Ladies and Presidential Campaigns

Traditionally the First Lady of the United States stays above the fray during campaign season, not wanting to sully the office in the mire of hand-to-hand politicking.  This year Michelle Obama has ventured into the public sphere, acting as a proxy campaigner for Hillary Clinton.  The First Lady has stepped out of her comfort zone … Continue reading First Ladies and Presidential Campaigns

Comparing Candidates Careers, 1928

  There is a long tradition of proxies stumping for their candidate using whatever tools come to hand.  In 1928, Archie Rice, a Stanford classmate of Herbert Hoover, produced a small flyer advocating for Hoover based on summary biographies comparing candidates’ careers.  On the front cover, Rice identifies himself as an analyst of news and … Continue reading Comparing Candidates Careers, 1928

Nominating a Candidate

 – the 1928 Republican National Convention In June 1928, Republican Party held its quadrennial convention to nominate candidates for President and Vice President of the United States.  Before the primaries and caucuses had begun, there was one candidate who enjoyed immense popularity among Republicans and the electorate as a whole – President Calvin Coolidge.  To … Continue reading Nominating a Candidate