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Five Presidents-LithOpinion Magazine 1966
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These are from a fold-out in LithOpinion Magazine from 1966. On one side are portraits of five Presidents painted by top illustrators. On the reverse side are editorial cartoons from the times. There are only four in this post because I would have to destroy the magazine to show you the fifth.

text: "FIVE PRESIDENTS; A gallery of Presidents, painted especially for Local  One, ALA backed up with period drawings, ranging from mean to vicious, and some notes on their sufferings at the bar of public opinion."

 front side, first painting:

John F. Kennedy by Bernard Fuchs,
"This is a very dangerous and uncertain world."---in a chamber of commerce speech at Forth Worth, Texas, on the morning of Friday, November 22, 1963, just before enplaning to Dallas.
Reverse Side:
 John F. Kennedy captured the imagination of the public. His vitality, youth and good looks, as well as those of his wife and children, brought unprecedented glamour and grace to the White House. It seemed at times if he could do no wrong. Following the Bay of Pigs, when a Gallup poll showed 82 percent of the population for him, Kennedy said, "It's just like Eisenhower. The worse I do, the more popular I get." But the Gallup poll in November of 1963 reported national approval down to  percent. With this in mind, Kennedy went on a speaking trip to Dallas.
Franklin D. Roosevelt by Robert Fawcett

"Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me-and I welcome their hatred."
Franklin D. Roosevelt came to office on a wave of popular acclaim and enthusiasm. His fireside chats wee the hit of 1933 and the First Hundred Days remain a time of unparalleled achievement. Then the honeymoon ended. Business and finance, recovering from the great depression, voiced many grievances, and continued to do so throughout his time in office. In 1936 he scored his record victory over Alf Landon, a true highpoint of his popular appeal. In 1940 he barely won over Wendell Willkie, but in 1944 he made a great comeback, smothering Tom Dewey in a weary campaign.
Woodrow Wilson by Bernard Fuchs

"I believe in democracy because it releases the energy of every human being."
 Woodrow Wilson remain, even today, one of the most misunderstood men ever to occupy the White House. He effected far-reaching reforms: aid to farmers and labor unions; creation of the Federal Reserve System. A slight majority re-elected him in 1916 on the slogan, "He kept us out of war." Soon he had to say, "The right is more precious than the peace" and he was for the moment cheered by a public anxious to enter the war, but who later disowned his peace treaty and league of Nations when, through his famed 14 points, he tried to make a lasting and intelligent peace.
Abraham Lincoln by Robert Fawcett

"Why should there not be a patient confidence in ultimate justice of the people? Is there any equal hope in the world?"
 Abraham Lincoln, as a country lawyer, supposedly won his great debates with Stephen A. Douglas, but it was Douglas who was elected Senator. Lincoln won the Presidency by a minority vote: the opposition split and its two candidates drew more votes than he did. His own cabinet scoffed at him; his Secretary of War referred to him as "the baboon in the White House." Campaign blunders and bad timing on the Democrats' side won him office a second time, but he stood alone throughout his Presidency; not until long after his death did understanding and reverence, emerge.
For the curious, the fifth is Thomas Jefferson painted by Robert Fawcett. Text: "When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself a public property." reverse side text: The reactionary opposition to Thomas Jefferson went to near-hysterical lengths in deriding his ideas , and in showing what it called the country's "confusion" under his leadership. He was feared and hated, called an "atheist and a "leveler" because of his championing of the common man. Even his purchase of the Louisiana Territory was criticized as a spending of a fortune on a "wilderness." When he left office after his second term Jefferson said, "Never did a prisoner released from his chains feel such relief as I shall in shaking off the shackles of Power." I recently bought a stack of LITHOPINION. They're filled lots of great illustration.


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