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Web ID: ker-001
Available: In Stock
Frame Size (H x L): 46" x 46" (52" x 52" on the diagonal)
Flag Size (H x L): 36" x 36"
Printed cotton kerchief, made for the 1952 presidential campaign of General Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. A portrait of the man who would become the 34th President of the United States appears above his famous slogan, "I Like Ike", within a flag-draped, oval frame, decorated with scrollwork and crowned with a star. Above this, in large lettering, the following text appears: "Win With Ike For President."

The turkey red background has a white calico print in the center, surrounded by a swag border of red and blue stripes. "Ike" appears below the gathering of each valence and a patriotic shield anchors each corner. A maker's mark appears along the edge, and though it does not reveal the maker's name, the words "Fast Color" surround an image of an elephant, the Republican Party mascot.

A Brief History of Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower:

A U.S Army general, Eisenhower served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during WWII. He was immensely popular and produced landslide wins in both 1952 and 1956, losing only in the Democratic, deep South to his opponent, Adlai Ewing Stevenson II, Governor of Illinois. Stevenson's grandfather, Adlai Ewing Stevenson I, served as Vice President under Grover Cleveland following his second campaign win (1892), made an unsuccessful bid for the 1896 presidential nomination, then ran again on the 1900 ticket for Vice President under William Jennings Bryan in 1900, in a campaign lost to William McKinley & Teddy Roosevelt.

Born on October 14th, 1890, in Denison, Texas, Eisenhower grew up in Abilene, Kansas, where he "absorbed the virtues of small town America that distinguished him the rest of his life-scrupulous honesty, self-reliance, determination, and hard work as President" (U.S. Army Center of Military History, publication 71-40). Graduating from West Point in 1915, Eisenhower served as Captain during WWI (U.S. involvement 1917-18), but never left the States, which immensely disappointed him. During the signing of the Armistice of November 11th, 1918, that ended the war, he was in command of Camp Colt, the Army's tank corps training center on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg. In 1930, he became special assistant to General Douglas MacArthur, then Chief of Staff, which vaulted him up the Army food chain.

Eisenhower followed McArthur to the Philippines, but after the bombing of Pearl harbor, he was summoned to Washington to serve under Franklin Roosevelt's U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General George C. Marshall, who would oversee the building of the largest military force in U.S. history. Marshall appointed Eisenhower chief of the War Plans Division (subsequently Operations Division), the office widely regarded as the brains of the Army. After the German surrender, Eisenhower, now Chief of Staff, presided over the postwar demobilization. During this time he became the Army's first Chief of Staff to participate in the newly created, unified, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In 1948, Eisenhower retired from the Army to become president of Columbia University, but the Korean War followed shortly thereafter and, in 1951, he became the first supreme commander of Allied Forces in Europe (NATO). Eisenhower would eventually end the war as president and he maintained a stern eye on the Cold War during his tenure in the Whitehouse. He was the first president to be "constitutionally forced" from office, in 1961, having served the maximum two terms. Term limitations had come about via the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1951, just prior to Eisenhower’s 1952 election. Following the presidency he retired to Gettysburg. He passed in 1969 at Walter Reed Hospital and was buried in his hometown of Abilene, Kansas. His funeral was presided over by then-president Richard Nixon, who had served as Eisenhower's vice president for both terms.

Mounting: The textile was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by expert trained staff. We take great care in the mounting and preservation of flags and have framed thousands of examples.

The mount was then placed in a black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed Italian molding. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is U.V. protective. Fell free to contact us for more details.

Condition: Minor fading.
Collector Level: Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving
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Earliest Date of Origin: 1952
Latest Date of Origin: 1952
War Association: WW 2
Price: Please call (717) 676-0545 or (717) 502-1281

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