Do You Know What Your President Signed?
The President of the United States is a very busy person. Their entire day is mostly meetings with staff, with constituencies, with groups, with the media, with government officials, with ambassadors, with other heads of state, along with ceremonies, bill signings, speeches, travel…whew. Who would want the job. Yet, many do.
The Eisenhower Birthday Plate
Sometimes in the world of collectibles there is an event item that is made specifically and only for that special time and then there is a commemorative item that was not made officially for the event, but instead honors the event itself. For example, the official inaugural medal for a president’s swearing in recognizes the event officially. Another company produces its own inaugural medal
The Inaugural Medal of Warren G. Harding
President-elect Warren G. Harding wanted "…the most dazzling celebration in the memory of the present generation." Fireworks, concerts, balls, parades, and the return of the inaugural medal. However, with the economy approaching deep depression, the political climate did not warrant an extravagent celebration.
The Inaugural Clothing Buttons of George Washington
In the first inauguration of a freely chosen president of the United States in 1789, President-elect George Washington appeared in New York "…dressed in deep brown, with metal buttons, with an eagle on them…", according to William Maclay, a Pennsylvania Senator. As would happen in decades to come, merchants saw a chance to sell souvenirs of the occasion and they would be clothi