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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

The Romney Bunch: 1970

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The Romney Bunch: 1970

1970. "Lenore Romney, wife of former Michigan governor George Romney, campaigning for U.S. Senate throughout Michigan. Includes Romney walking with son Mitt and young supporters in downtown Escanaba." Photos by Douglas R. Gilbert for the Look magazine article "Lenore Fights Alone." View full size.

The Parade-y Bunch

The boys on the steps in the background don't seem the slightest bit interested in all the girls marching by.

Metal

Of the four pairs of sandals on the feet of the young supporters, at least three have metal rings included in the design. I was a boy of 12 that summer, about the same age as those girls, and I had sandals pretty much like those. All the other shoes, even Mitt's, have metal buckles, except those on the candidate and her little pal.

Today

Having been born in 1957 and looking at America today, I long for the days depicted in this photograph.

Decline is a subtle process. Look around.

[What a lot of ridiculous nonsense. -Dave]

Have you been to Detroit lately?

Rambler American

Hey I owned a Rambler American just like that one, in the old days! Good pickup!

Birthers

Had George Romney's campaign for president in the late 1960's gone further, there could well have been a long-pre-Obama "birther" controversy. He had been born in Mexico to parents who, while U.S. citizens, were permanent residents in Mexico with every intention to stay in that country. When George was a small child the Mexican Revolution broke out and his parents had to return to the United States. Although he was a U.S. citizen, it was less clear whether he was a "native born" citizen as the Constitution requires for presidential eligibility. His candidacy fizzled out before much of a controversy developed.

A citizenship-eligibility issue could have arisen a hundred years earlier if Gettysburg hero George Meade had run for president in 1868, as he had considered doing. Meade had been born in Spain to U.S. citizen parents. Unlike George Romney's parents, however, Meade's parents considered themselves to be living abroad only temporarily, while his father was working on behalf of the U.S. government.

Romney got 33% of the vote.

Phil Hart, incumbent Democrat, had 67%.

Binders Full of Women: the Prequel

Nice touch: Just in back of the blonde girl behind Mitt's right shoulder is a Rambler American, a product of the company Dad George had headed.

 
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