Topics » Politics   Aug. 10, 2012

Campaigning Through the Ages

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This 1924 political cartoon by Abril Lamarque superimposes Calvin Coolidge's face on Hollywood starlet Greta Garbo's body. Though the image was not published during a presidential campaign, Prints and Photographs Curator Sara Duke believes it is a distinctive cartoon. She said, "Hollywood and Washington usually are not in the same thought together. Lamarque takes their sensibility that they want to be left alone and puts it together in one person in a very unique way." Garbo, famed for her "I want to be alone" line, fiercely avoided attention to her private life. She gave only a handful of interviews and autographs during her career. Coolidge, nicknamed "Silent Cal," detested social banter and carefully monitored media interactions. During press conferences, reporters submitted questions in advance and Coolidge would thumb through them choosing which, if any, to answer. Under no circumstances were reporters allowed to quote the president, even on subjects as mild as his view of baseball.

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