Art ➔ Signed, Inscribed Photograph, Herbert Hoover Posed with his dog King Tut
To F....A signed inscribed photograph by Herbert E. French of Herbert Hoover posing with his Belgian Shepard dog King Tut.
When Hoover ran for president in 1928 he was regarded by his own campaign officials as presenting a somewhat stiff and severe image. His campaign therefore determined that a photograph of Hoover with his pet dog might make him more "personable and approachable." Thousands of copies of the photo were then circulated around the country by his campaign. The New York Times called photograph “one of the happiest pictures ever made” of Hoover.
This image is inscribed in ink "To F....(illegible) K. Heath with Kindest Regards of Herbert Hoover."
On the backing paper verso in pencil "Taken when Herbert Hoover was Secy of Commerce." Also on the verso , a gold colored metallic Jacob Hefner, Metz Bldg.Grand Rapids, Mich. frame shop sticker.
Wooden frame, glass, backing and paper photoraphg
13 1/2"" h 10"" w
Current Location Status:
Gift Of Tinkham, Mrs. Frederick
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Tinkham, Mrs. FrederickJames A. StraubJames A. Straub was a Collections department volunteer and Collection Committee Member at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, offering his services as an art historian. Among his many life accomplishments were his family, and serving in the United States Marine Corps, including a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam. His list of achievements include 27 years as Detective Lieutenant from the Kent County Sheriff's Department, Original Catalogue Director of the Mathias Alten Catalogue Raisonne, and providing significant contributions to the book, Mathias Alten: Journey of an American Painter.
Jim was honored to have been appointed by Gov. Milliken to the Board of Forensic Polygraph Examiners and by the GR mayor to the GR Historical Commission. Additionally, Jim served as President of the Command Officers Bargaining Unit at the Kent County Sheriff's Department and Vice President of the GR Historical Society. Along with his dedicated service to GRPM Jim was also a member of the Board of Kent County Employees Credit Union, the Kent County Pension Board, the Art Advisory Committee for Butterworth Hospital, the Acquisitions Committee at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the GVSU Gordon Gallery Advisory Committee.Herbert HooverHerbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) was an American politician, businessman, and engineer, who served as the 31st president of the United States from 1929 to 1933.