Old Faithful
November 16, 1951 — U.S. Editorial

The Mossadegh Project | February 21, 2017    

Harry S. Truman in Key West, 1951, sporting a (sloppy?) Hawaiian shirt Here’s a non-syndicated editorial about U.S. President Harry S. Truman, then vacationing in his favored retreat in Key West, Florida (aka the Harry S. Truman Little White House), which appeared in numberous U.S. newspapers.

One Florida paper, The Panama City News-Herald, ran this alongside another similarly frivolous, widely reproduced editorial, Fish Story (which they retitled Were They "Red Herrings?"). Remember: they were publishing this as if they wrote it.

Sloppy Caps and Outlandish Shirts

In the shifting sands of a troubled 1951, what leaves a permanent imprint, what can we count upon as unchanging?

Not many things, that is certain. So it is with considerable comfort that we pick up the papers these days and spot pictures of President Truman enjoying himself at Key West. There he is, wearing those same sloppy caps and outlandish sport shirts.

Yes, the world may be in flux, but Harry Truman’s taste in warm-weather attire is a veritable Gibraltar.

Newspapers who ran this editorial under their masthead included:

The Sandusky Register (Sandusky, Ohio) — November 16, 1951 (Old Faithful)
The Warren Times Mirror (Warren, Pennsylvania) — November 16, 1951 (HARRY’S ATTIRE)
The Cumberland Evening Times (Cumberland, Maryland) — November 16, 1951 (Old Faithful)
The Courier News (Blytheville, Arkansas) — November 17, 1951 (Old Faithful)
The Middlesboro Daily News (Middlesboro, Kentucky) — November 17, 1951 (Old Faithful)
The Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, Texas) — November 19, 1951 (Old Faithful)
The Panama City News-Herald (Panama City, Florida) — November 19, 1951 (Sloppy Caps and Outlandish Shirts)
The Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) — November 20, 1951 (Old Faithful)
The Lead Daily Call (Lead, South Dakota) — November 21, 1951 (Old Faithful)
The Deadwood Pioneer-Times (Deadwood, South Dakota) — November 21, 1951 (Old Faithful)

Related links:

It Proves One Thing — U.S. editorial, November 19, 1953

He Smells A Dictator — Anti-Eisenhower letter in The Chicago Tribune, July 10, 1953

Motives and DangersThe Troy Record, November 19, 1951

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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