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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Abraham Lincoln American Andrew Jackson Andrew Johnson Arthur beer bottle opener BOTTLE STOPPER brass office clasp campaign candle snuffer Carl Sferrazza Anthony Carter CARTER'S BROAD celebrated ceramic coffee Coolidge countenance of John Democratic-Republican depicting depression diminish this figurative doll elected feature this Renaissance Franklin Pierce Garfield George GOLF Grover Cleveland Hall China Company Hayes Hoover inches tall JACK-IN-THE-BOX JAMES GARFIELD James Monroe JAMES POLK Jimmy John Adams John F John Quincy Adams Kennedy Ladies leaders legendary Old Rough limited edition log cabin Lyndon Martin Van Buren McKinley Midwestern moderate mood and chilly moon—blissfully ignorant National objects penny perfect doorstop Pierce had certainly pipe pitcher plates Polk's sole social presidential head ran for president Reagan Republican ROOSEVELT Rough and Ready seltzer bottle shirt hanger soon SOUght to nickname souvenir Taft thimble Thomas Jefferson touted the mysterious Truman Union Washington Whig White House wife WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON Wilson Zachary Taylor