Get your Nixon bumper stickers!
Oct. 8, 1960: Actress Ginger Rogers puts a Nixon-Lodge sticker on an automobile driven by Mrs. John R. Mount. In the background talking to Mrs. Mount is actor Cesar Romero.
In a short story, the Los Angeles Times reported the next morning:
The startled woman driver stared as Edd (Kookie) Brynes filled her car’s tank with gasoline while Ginger Rogers pasted a Nixon-Lodge sticker on the bumper and Cesar Romero handed her a Republican campaign button.
Her reaction was echoed by hundreds of Los Angeles motorists whose cars were literally serviced by the stars at a score of Sunset Strip service stations yesterday afternoon.
The stars — personalities like Irene Dunne, Mary Pickford, Laraine Day, Dick Powell, John Payne and others — were waging a bumper sticker drive for the Nixon-Lodge campaign.
They were some of the 400 GOP volunteers who manned a caravan of convertibles along Sunset Blvd. in a revival of the women’s motorcade that boosted President Eisenhower and Nixon in 1952 and 1956.
The bumper sticker photo was published in the Oct. 9, 1960, edition of the Los Angeles Times. The image below appeared in the Sept. 19, 1971, edition of the L.A. Times.
President Richard Nixon takes a break from his official duties to chat and have coffee with actress Ginger Rogers in his executive office at the White House. Credit: Associated Press
June 13, 2012, 5:58 am
The actress in the above photo is Doris Day.
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