The National Archives presents Tokens and Treasures: Gifts to Twelve Presidents

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Introduction
About This Exhibit
Herbert Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Richard Nixon
Gerald R. Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George Bush
William J. Clinton
Gifts of State

Presidential Library System
Exhibit Hall

 

Richard Nixon

Nixon Library

Richard Nixon Signature

Richard Nixon
Republican
37th President, 1969-74

 

Nixon puppet, by Larry N. Frost, Denver, Colorado, ca. 1973
Gift of Mr. Frost
Cloth, 24 x 20 x 10 inches

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Nixon Puppet

This whimsical gift shows President Nixon with his fingers forming the familiar "V" sign. For Nixon the symbol had the old World War II meaning–"victory"–and he flashed it during political conventions and after successful speeches. For young Americans, however, the symbol meant "peace."

 

Man on the Moon brooch, ca. 1969
Gift to Pat Nixon from Freddy Wolfers, Brussels, Belgium
Gold, silver, enamel, 2 x 2 inches

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Man on the Mood

As the world watched on television, an American spaceship landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Two U.S. astronauts took the first steps on the lunar surface, making a "giant leap" for mankind. This brooch commemorates the achievement, one of the most momentous events of President Nixon's administration–and of the century.

 

 

 

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