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Dry Run: 1936

Dry Run: 1936

August 1936. "President Roosevelt greeted on tour of drought area. Near Bismarck, North Dakota." Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


Rear car

could have been a mere Buick. :)

Hope they had a break in the weather for FDR's visit. That July North Dakota recorded its hottest temperature before or since - 121°F.

Low Plate Number

More Like a State Dignitary considering the low number on the license plate.

No cigarette holder?

C'mon Mr. President, that was your trademark!

Backup limo?

The car behind the convertible looks like a Cadillac 75 limousine or 7-passenger sedan. It could have served as a backup for FDR or perhaps Secret Service transportation.

Due Respect

These may or may not be local politicians or perhaps farmers and they're wearing the best they have to greet their President.

Presidential Limo

1936 Chrysler. Probably borrowed from a local dignitary. A bit less pretentious than the current President's half million dollar "Beast."

How times have changed

Can you imagine the POTUS riding around in an regular open car (not even a limo!) out in the middle of nowhere today?

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