Offered for sale is this group of rare family photos of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Presidential Inaugural Parade from January 20th, 1953. There are 25 black and white photos that consist of 3 photos of the family and 22 photos of the inaugural parade. The photos are on Kodak Velox Paper and measure 5 1/8" x 3 1/2". Only one photo measures 4 5/8"x 2 3/4".
The parade lasted 3 1/2 hours while 750,000 spectators saw 17,000 people including 11,757 military members march in the 3 mile long parade. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were represented in the longest and most elaborated inaugural parade ever staged.
The parade had 73 bands, 50 floats, horses, elephants, military vehicles, mounted and motorcycle police, dignitaries, along with every branch of the Armed Forces marching honoring President Eisenhower. The President rode in a White Cadillac Eldorado Convertible which was one of 532 built. Also every float was pulled by a White Jeep #CJ-3B's. The only known white jeep with its original white factory paint is located overseas.
Listed below is a description of the photos and its condition: (All photos are clean and bright; as noted below, the white border around the photo might have tiny bumps or tiny crease marks).
1. 2. and 3. are members of the family that went to the parade. 1-tiny crease mark at top left corner; 2-a tiny bump at top left and bottom right corners; 3-excellent condition.
4. Two participants of the parade dressed up as Indians; back of photo has some light stains. 5. A close-up of the White House; back of photo has some light stains.
6. and 7. Showing section B were they stood and watched the parade; 6-a tiny bump at top left and top right corners; 7-bottom left corner has tiny crease mark.
8. and 9. Showing cars carrying dignitaries; 8-top left corner bump, back of photo is lightly stained; 9-bottom left corner has tiny bump. 10. The White Cadillac carrying President Eisenhower; top right corner has tiny bump and back of photo has minor stains.
11. 12. 13. and 14. showing The Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force proudly marching past thousands of spectators; 11-three corners have very tiny bumps; 12-top left and right corners have very tiny bumps; 13-top left corner has very tiny bump and back of photo has minor stains; 14-top right and top left corners have tiny bumps.
15. VMI (Virginia Military Institute) Corps of Cadets marching in front of President Eisenhower's White Cadillac. The 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry is from Fort Myer, Virginia; top left corner is lightly bumped.
16. A photo of a Well Fargo Overland Wagon beginning brawn by miniature horses; top left corner has tiny crease mark. 17. A photo of cowboys riding beautiful horses; tiny bump at top left and bottom right corners.
18. A photo of the Freedom To Worship Float; tiny bump at top left corner. 19. A photo of the State of Massachusetts Float; tiny bump at bottom left corner.
20. A photo of the State of North Carolina Float; tiny bump at top and bottom left corners. 21. A photo of the State of New Jersey Float; Excellent condition.
22. A photo of the State of Tennessee Float; tiny crease mark at bottom left corner. 23. A photo of the State of Alabama Float; tiny bumps at three corners.
24. A photo of the State of Indiana Float; tiny bump at top left corner. 25. A photo of the Oasis Temple Bank Band of Charlotte North Carolina; tiny bump at bottom left corner.
President Eisenhower was in charge of our Armed Forces during WWII and earned the love and respect of Americans because they knew how much he loved the men serving under him knowing their young men were in good hands. And when he ran for President he was elected in a landslide. So on a cold January day 750,000 Americans came forward to show their love for a great man they called the gentle giant.
If you collect rare items pertaining to our American History, then these photos will be a wonderful addition to your collection. If a friend or a member of your family was present at the parade they might love seeing these photos again. You can also go on the internet and find sites that show footage of this historical event and parade.
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