by Emmett Smith
Sixty years ago on the 20th of January, 1949, I was just six days old when Harry S Truman was inaugurated to his second term as President, after knocking Republican Thomas P Dewey off of the wedding cake in a surprise landslide two months before.
[copyright, Robert McMahan RMP Archive]
Here is some YouTube footage of the Truman inaugural:
Those folks as you can see for yourselves plainly thought of themselves as being as modern as could be right down to their top hats and morning coats, and for sure — the images from 1949 after all tell their own tale — whatever it is we are in now, ours are not modern days any more….
[Emmett R Smith all text-rights reserved 20 January 2009]