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BobbyB -- The S was given as his middle initial as a compromise. It could represent either of his grandfathers, one was Solomon Young and the other was Anderson Shipp(e) Truman. Lyndee, your photo is definitely of a bust of Harry S Truman, but it just isn't a very good representation of him. ; ) I found a picture of him from WWI when he was 33, see: http://www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=HP5GOQ8H : )
The middle initial "S"didn't stand for anything, if I remember correctly.
A handsome fellow.
I'm sure this is Truman gnt.....just a younger version of him.Thanks Rose for the information. I only know what the tour guide told us. Although I existed doing his presidency, I was too young to remember him. I had seen a few pictures and video clips of him throughout the years, but that's about it.
Well I must agree that this bust in no way looks like the Harry S. Truman that i knew....If he looked like this bust then I am thinking about someone else LOL
Lyndee, funny you should mention the amount of time he spent at Key West. I had just read that he spent 175 days there over his nearly 8 year presidency. He took office in mid-April of the first year of FDR's 4th term. So he was just 3 months shy of being an 8 year, two term president. The White House was completely renovated during Truman's presidency. They gutted the building and installed up to date electrical and plumbing. Previous electrical and plumbing installations had compromised the safety of the building. Engineers determined that it was in danger of collapsing. not just from electrical and plumbing but from a heavier roof and a third story which had been added. Some wanted to tear it down but Truman held firm to preserving this historical building. Some of the wood work, etc., was carefully removed and stored, until it could be put back in place. Consequently the Trumans were not in the White House from 1948 until it was restored in 1952. Since 1952 was an election year, they had but a very few months. in that second term, in the newly reconstructed house. They lived across the street, at Blair House, for the four years.
No Warbler. All the bust (guessing 30 of them) were people who were connect to Key West, Florida in one way or another. Truman was the only one I knew so he was the only one I took a picture of.
Nice photo, lyndee. It looks like there are other busts in the background. Were they him, too?
Yes eleven, I doln't think I had ever seen a young picture of him.Rose, President Truman spent more time in Florida than he did in DC. He had a place there that they called "The little white house".
Interesting, Lyndee. And I know it is supposed to be him. Good thing it is labeled. ; ) I've seen a lot of pictures and video footage of Truman in various stages of his life over, and over, and over again, when I taught US History. This bust really doesn't represent him well. Odd that he is not wearing a tie, for example, although it is meant to be a casual rendition, I'm sure. I do recall that he liked to vacation in Florida when he was president. I think I recall that he liked to get together with some of his friends and play cards. Here is a photo of him from about 1945: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/89714974/ And this is a picture of a bust of him which was created for the US Senate collection of US Vice Presidents: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/artifact/Sculpture_22_00034.htm And, this is a picture of a younger HST -- in fact, it is a composite picture from several stages of his life: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/lifetimes/index.html
We're so used to seeing him as an older man, it's strange seeing him younger.