Heads of State: The Presidents as Everyday Useful Household Items in Pewter, Plastic, Porcelain, Copper, Chalk, China, Wax, Walnut and More
There's room for only four presidents' heads on Mount Rushmore, but Heads of State more than makes up for those presidents who aren't carved in stone, and still includes Washington (as a thimble), Jefferson (as a vase), Lincoln (as a paper clip), and Roosevelt (as a whistle)!
Since the earliest days of the presidency, the American people have either loved or loved to hate their president. And in the American spirit of entrepreneurship, some have used their know-how to merge commemoration with commerce, creating mass-produced, marketable household items that bring the president's face into every home. Heads of State celebrates these objects, highlighting through lively text and extensive research the humorous, sometimes strikingly apt parallels between the chief executives and the objects used to portray them. It's the perfect book for anyone fascinated by politics, Americana, and the way in which presidents have been memorialized, satirized, romanticized, and worshipped by the very people they serve.
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