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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Whistle Stop: 1952

Whistle Stop: 1952

Sept. 17, 1952. "Presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower speaking to a crowd at a whistle-stop event near a steel mill." Medium format color transparency by Charlotte Brooks for Look magazine. View full size.

Signs and Portents

I've been trying to read the sign on the left side of the picture. Can only come up with what appears to be in red letters:

"Adlai ****
Hiss
**Army(?)
1952 **"

I'm assuming it refers to Adlai Stevenson, Ike's 1952 presidential challenger and Alger Hiss, a State Department official, accused of having been been a communist and a convicted perjurer. Stevenson had been deposed as a favorable character witness for the Hiss trial.

Can anyone read it clearer and make corrections for the sign?

[ADLAI LIKES HISS HARRY HORSE MEAT - Dave]

Next Stop, Chicago

This is the parking lot for the main office building of Inland Steel in East Chicago, Indiana. The train is westbound to Chicago, Ill., about to cross the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal.

 
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