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15 November 2005
TRUMAN, Harry S. Photograph signed ("Harry S. Truman"), as President [ca. 1949], also signed by VICE-PRESIDENT-ELECT ALBEN W. BARKLEY, and First Lady Bess Truman. 1 page, black and white photograph, 4 x 5 in.
TRUMAN AND BARKLEY ON THE WAY TO THE 1949 INAUGURATION. In a stovepipe hat and tails, Truman stands in front of Blair House on the morning of 20 January 1949. To his right is Vice-president-elect Alben W. Barkley (1877-1956), Barkley's wife, Jane Hadley, then Margaret Truman and the First Lady, Bess Truman. The 80th Congress, sure of Republican victory in the 1948 presidential contest, had set aside the record-setting sum $80,000 to stage a great Inaugural bash. Truman joyfully spent every cent to stage the first extravagant parade since the war. The weather cooperated as well, with perfectly clear, blue January skies. "Everybody looked wonderful," Margaret Truman later wrote. Especially so her father, "whose face was shining like a new moon" (McCullough, Truman, 733-734).
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