Note: This is one of the original “Facebook posts” from April, 2012. This was one of the early “history finds” that were posted on Facebook and eventually led to this creation of this blog. I have plans to expand on all of the original “Facebook” history finds in the near future. I’ll add more pictures, history, and a bit of drinking.
One of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century was taken at Union Station in downtown St. Louis. On November 3, 1948, Harry Truman was headed to his hometown of Independence, Missouri the day after his stunning upset of Thomas Dewey in the 1948 presidential election. On a stop in St. Louis, a reporter handed Truman a copy of the Chicago Tribune that erroneously declared Dewey the winner of the election (the paper’s Washington correspondent had told the paper’s editors on election night it was a safe bet that Dewey would win). Truman famously held the paper up and smiled for the cameras.