Monday, February 28, 2011

A View of the Eisenhower Family

This is probably the most well known photograph taken by Paul "Bud" Jeffcoat.  Jeffcoat was a photographer who owned and operated a studio in Abilene, Kansas for a number of years.  In 1925, he built a new building for his photography business, located at 321 North Broadway Street.  Approximately one year later, he took this photograph at a time when all of the Eisenhower brothers were visiting home.  Jeffcoat's subjects are positioned in interesting places in this photograph, especially Dwight seated on the front steps while in uniform.  After Dwight began his campaign for President, this photograph was featured in several publications, including Life Magazine and National Geographic.  Jeffcoat generally did not get credit for this picture in publications, as he had sold the rights to the photograph for a small fee.

Image courtesy of the Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum.

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