The General’s Lady (June 2, 1952)
This is an interesting article from 1952 about Mamie Eisenhower. It was written to introduce Mamie to the American public as a potential First Lady. It started with a description:
For the benefit of U.S. citizens who are about to see the wife of General Eisenhower for the first time next week as a prospective First Lady, an officer at SHAPE in Paris gives an estimate: "Take an average pretty Iowa girl, transplant her to Colorado, give her parents enough money to take winter holidays, let her bump around the world with the Army, give her a modified Lillian Gish hairdo complete with bangs, and that's Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower."
It offers mostly trivia, but is a fun look into the 1950s. So what do we learn about Mamie?
- She smoked Phillips Morrises
- Loved canasta (there’s something I can connect with!)
- She didn’t do much cooking and didn’t like it
- She lost a son in 1921
Another interesting tidbit about their life came from a honeymoon story:
After a honeymoon visit to Ike's family in Abilene, Kans.—and a bitter quarrel over Ike's imperturbable refusal to come home from a hometown poker game until 2 a.m.—Mamie joined the Army. It was often a trying life; in one year she had to set up housekeeping on seven different Army posts.
So enjoy Mamie through the eyes of the US that elected her husband!