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Harry Truman's Panama hat

Harry Truman's Panama hat
Creator: Brodt's
Date: 1950
Panama hat worn by U.S. President Harry Truman. Photos of Harry Truman wearing a Panama hat appeared in the press during the summer of 1950. These images were seen by lumberman Frank Hodges of Olathe, Kansas, a lifelong fellow Democrat whose brother had once been governor of Kansas. Considering himself an expert on Panama hats, Hodges felt the example worn by Truman was not of the quality befitting a sitting president, and sent him a new one. This is the Panama hat sent to Hodges by Truman in exchange for the new model. The president's initials, "HST," are stamped in gold on the sweatband inside the crown, and Truman also signed his name on the exterior hatband. The hatband is stamped with the vendor's mark, Brodt's of Washington, D.C.


President Harry S. Truman's radio address to the nation on the railroad strike

President Harry S. Truman's radio address to the nation on the railroad strike
Creator: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1946
This is a copy of President Truman's May 24, 1946, radio address on the current railroad strike. Truman states that "The railroads must resume operation. In view of the extraordinary emergency which exists, as President of the United States I call upon the men who are now out on strike to return to their jobs and to operate our railroads." Accompanying the speech is a letter from F.G. Gurley, President of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company. Gurley's letter addresses the need for negotiations but also reminds employees that strikes damage the nations needs and jeopardize the public welfare.


President Harry Truman viewing flood damage, Kansas City, Kansas

President Harry Truman viewing flood damage, Kansas City, Kansas
Creator: Kansas City (Kan.) Police Dept
Date: September 6, 1951
A photograph of President Harry S. Truman touring areas damaged by the 1951 flood, Kansas City, Kansas. The motorcade is traveling along 7th Street.


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