1950’s President’s Day

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In the 1950’s, there was no President’s Day, the holiday as it is today generated out of the 1980’s when holidays were being reorganized and celebrated on the Monday closest to their actual dates.  Therefore, during the Korean War era, the people of the U.S. had George Washington’s birthday to celebrate with family dinners, B-B-Qs and shopping for the best sales, whatever your heart desired.  Harry Truman said good-bye and “I Like Ike” was sworn in as President.  It was a great time to be growing up and for young WWII families that were just starting out…

Eisenhower sworn in as President

   Eisenhower sworn in as President 

Bye-Bye Harry

Bye-Bye Harry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Backyard BBQ

Backyard BBQ

 

 

Have a beer...

Have a beer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a ride in your new 1953 El Dorado

Take a ride in your new 1953 El Dorado

 

Too cold?  Have the family in for dinner...

Too cold? Have the family in for dinner…

 

 

...or go away for the long weekend.

…or go away for the long weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only today things seems to be like this……………

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Farewell Salutes – 

Joshua Baker – Scarborough, Ontario; Canadian Armed Forces, Corporal, Afghanistan

Frank Burke – Northbrook, IL; US Navy, WWII

Bronze Star

Bronze Star

Irving Cohn – Arlington, Heights, IL; US Army, WWII, ETO, Battle of the Bulge, Bronze Star

Vincent Dwyer – Malba, NY & Ft. Lauderdale, FL; US Army, 242nd Infantry/ Rainbow Div., WWII, Purple Heart & Bronze Star

Hugh James Hamilton – Christchurch, NZ; RNZAF # 4215243

Thomas Lindsay, Sr. – Grand Rapids, MI, US Navy, WWII

Sherwood  Petry – Venice, FL; US Army, WWII

Leo Schlissel – Tamarac, FL & NYC: US Navy, WWII,  PTO

John Tillman Simpson – Greenforest, AR; US Army, WWII

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on February 17, 2014, in Korean War, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 67 Comments.

  1. What great, great vintage celebration! 🙂 I love this post, lovely cheerful photos, just what I needed now. Enjoy your weekend, Gpcox!
    Greetings from the Rhine Valley
    Dina
    and Klausbernd, Siri & Selma says hello too! xo

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    • Yes, thank you. I was surprised to see the post in my Reader, thought you were back from Germany. Thank you for taking the time to read so many of my posts!

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  2. wow! this is a knock-out post! Thank you.

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  3. I remember when Lincoln and Washington each used to have their own designated holiday. “Modernists” are busily rewriting our history books. Peculiar the way the world has gotten so concerned with political correctness but apparently unapologetic for bashing or denigrating the names of our founding fathers or putting down the ideas and intents of the original framers of our Constitution. I’ll be honest, so much of it fills me with disgust and disbelief. I am flabbergasted at times. Oh well. I should be ecstatic that they even share “President’s Day” with the others. Thanks once again sir for the fine honor you paid the day and it’s relevance. It really matters that we have good folks like you to help keep our real American history true and honest.

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    • Thank you very much, Mourgie. Trying to be politically correct often causes more harm than good. I just try my best for the vets, but again, thanks for the compliment.

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  4. Love the retro images and the extra insight into the holiday traditions of the time period.

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  5. I also enjoyed this post and looking back through the vintage posters. Also have to agree with that last picture and the tear.

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  6. Great images. Amen to that last one.

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  7. Great collection of old posters there, they really do illustrate what American celebration days were all about, family, fun and post war laughter.
    Regards
    Emu

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  8. Great photos, posters and facts, gpcox! And I really liked the last one! Those were the days when holidays in the name of people were because they did something for the ENTIRE country, and not for a subset like today.

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  9. Great stamps 🙂

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  10. I always especially enjoy the posts with the old advertisements. They sure provide wonderful insights into the culture back in the 1950s.

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  11. really awesome series of vintage photo ads – and I had no idea that president’s day evolved out the 80’s -nice to learn…and the vintage ads were amazing…

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  12. Lovely look at the way things were. I am not sure I understand the last picture. Is it something like people being led like sheep to the slaughterhouse? As in Congress and Presidents don’t really help them anymore; and are not good shepherds?

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  13. Thanks for the back-story! I was trying to get hold of a few people in the U.S. and when the phones went unanswered and the emails bounced back I have to admit to not knowing much about President’s Day. Thanks for filling me in!

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  14. Enjoyed the look at advertisements from a simpler, more relaxing time of life. That last picture was certainly on the mark.

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    • Glad you liked it – I did hesitate for a moment before putting in that last pix -(politically correct?) then figured, it’s my web site, I’ll put in what I want. Good to know you’re behind me, Bev, have a great day.

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  15. It’s nice to see someone knows ‘Alexander Hamilton’ wasn’t president (that was Groupon’s marketing mistake of the day).

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  16. I grew up in a time and place where both Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Washington had their birthdays celebrated in February. We kids loved the holiday jackpot of that month! I was checking on some if the history surrounding Presidents Day, and found some interesting facts at Snopes.com. Turns out it still is only George Washington’s Birthday we are celebrating on Presidents Day. I always thought it was a combo for Lincoln and Washington. Surprised me!

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  17. Nice collection of images.

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    • Thanks; I didn’t get as many as I wanted, just couldn’t seem to find them – so I went with what I had. Personally, I liked the 1940’s President’s Day I did last year better.

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  18. I remember 1950’s Florida and other South R E Lee and Jeff Davis birthday.

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    • In the ’50s, my family came down here for the month of October, so not I did not know that, Carl. We were the tourists back then; I’ve only lived here 43 years.

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  19. Great! Just love this little trip to a nicer, simpler time! 🙂

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  20. After the first few, I think things went downhill pretty quick . . .

    . . . and I do think the last graphic is misleading. As far as I know, the sheeps are not allowed to roam all willy-nilly near the capital, and certainly not to congregate that close in any large numbers; it might make the shepherds nervous.

    Also, these sheeps still have their coats . . . mighty few of those left, and they usually winter in nice places like the Bahamas.

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    • I don’t think the sheep have the money for the Bahamas anymore – that’s us po’ folk. Did you happen to notice the tear on Washington’s cheek?

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      • Yeah, I be the noticing kind.

        Washington could have been what many presidents since wished they were . . . he turned it down, preferring to forego the power-grab in favor of giving the idea of an independent and self-governing citizenry forging their own destiny.

        Presidents these days are a far cry from that idea . . . as is the citizenry, it seems.

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  21. Since I’ve retired, every day is a holiday! Some just have more meaning than others. LOL! Love these old advertisements. That last one is one of the best depictions I’ve seen — God help us….(He’s the only one who can.)

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    • I like the retro best myself, Linda. This holiday is really nothing to rave about, but it gives us a chance to share our memories and take a break from the battles! I agree whole-hardheartedly with your opinion of the last photo – when I saw it a few weeks ago, I just HAD to have it.

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  22. Great retro posters. Love the Pepsi one…strange to see what was considered effective advertising back then.

    No BBQ for me…self employed…no work no pay. Right now I’m working extra so I can take off time in June to go see my daughter and grandson. 🙂

    I think both Lincoln and Washington both would be disappointed in having holidays (official days off) in their honor.

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    • A worthwhile endeavor on your part. Since Washington didn’t want the job in the first place, I would say you are quite right. Thanks for dropping in despite having to work.

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  23. Holidays were reconfigured to give 3 day weekends. Convenience rules over everything else–a shame. Of course, in my home state of Illinois, Lincoln’s Birthday was a school holiday–Washington’s B’day was not, until they came up with the morphed President’s Day. Neighboring state Missouri, formerly took off Washington’s B’Day, and not Lincoln’s–figure that one out.

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  24. What a splendid insight into days long gone – a wonderful musing.

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  25. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    History!!! My year ….

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  26. Excellent! TY For the trip back In time!

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