Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Era around 1920 Presidential Election - Ohio Centered - Two Newspaper Men - In Black and White NEW photos

Looking to find solace and a sober perspective about what it means to be "presidential" during this 21st Century on Turtle Island, known politically as the United States of America.   I was raised in rural Minnesota in the 50's and early 60's by parents who were raised in Ohio and mostly by those, in the Glessner and Weaver families who had been Taft Republicans.  I tend to be a middle of the road, red road, person who is fiscally conservative (I rarely have given money to politicians at all, and am socially the root, like Henry David Thoreau of the 19th C who lived by Walden Pond, I love to learn from Mother Earth and Creation and be connected to her. And noticing with an "Easy Does It" balance of heart and mind, that the current campaign with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on the blue side of the Democrats and The Donald Trump now on the red, Republican side, has a lot of drama and money at stake. And the media is so different now in the digital and mostly post TV environment my sons have experienced.  I am up meditating here in a gentle thunder storm on an early June morning...and find the photos of my ancestors, help me to drop into a calm reality.   And have experienced many politicians to speak with forked tongue.....just to get elected.  And I have enjoyed the Obama Presidency very much as Barack and Michelle have seemed grounded and bright, raising their two Afro- American daughters with grace during their 8 years in office.  Midwesterners through and through and for me, open hearted and intelligent ambassadors, just the right folks.  

Presidential Candidates in 1920 were both newspaper men, and knew the printed media to influence thinking and actions prior to radio and TV.    
Election humor of 1920, and the Harding vs Cox campaign, an all Ohio affair.  
1920 Doll like boy with a Cox  beanie, likely a campaign hat during the Harding - Cox Ohio election campaign.  NEW album 

Ca 1919-20 Henry Eicher, Noah Elwood Weaver and Paul Henry Weaver, 3 generations enjoying watermelon....
In 1920, Noah Elwood Weaver took photos of his travels to Marion Ohio, where Warren Gamaliel Harding, was running his presidential campaign from his porch.  from wiki
 "Harding begins his front porch campaign by accepting the Republican nomination, July 22, 1920. 
 Here is a photo during the campaign of Florence Kling Harding on the steps for the Marion home, by NEW.
Harding campaigning on his front porch in Marion OH - 1920 NEW family Album 
Context of the times, when Edna Eicher Weaver and son, Paul Henry Weaver with his grandpa, Henry Eicher are visiting Cleveland Ohio, the bigger city near Mansfield, Canton area where Uncle Hans and Phenie Hansen lived.
1920 license plate and Henry Eicher in the front seat of the family car, parked in front of the Mansfield Ohio State Reformatory where Han O Hansen worked as the head of the furniture factory to teach the men at the reformatory to have a skill and profession when leaving the facility. (This building was made famous by the film Shawshenk Redemption 1994, which saved what is left from the wrecking ball to preserve as a historic site
CA 1920 Mansfield area Summer Picnic with Weaver - Eicher  and Hansen cousins.  L - R Phinnie, Josephine Brandt Hansen,  Edna Eicher Weaver,  Hans O Hansen, Henry Eicher, by NEW
CA 1920 Paul Henry Weaver with swan, at Pond likely by the Mansfield Reformatory.  looks like the "beanie" hat was the style of the day for boys.
Swan in NEW Album.

Attire of regular folks during the era.Perhaps gathering in Marion to hear Warren G Harding from his porch
Black 2 cent stamp issued with the death of president Harding in 1923.
Commemorative gold coin issued for first lady Florence Harding in 2014.