Monday, February 13, 2012

B is for...

Bourgeois (this interior), Bess (Truman, the lady deep in her magazine, left), and Birthdays.  Today is hers; she would be, in a better world, 127 today.

Few would argue that she was the most exciting of first ladies, but she had her own kind of homey charm, and she simultaneously managed to keep Harry happy and put up with Margaret (who would sing), which is no mean feat.  If nothing else, she set the stage for Mamie, who seemed by contrast both stylish and vigorous.

I don't know about you, but I'm just mad for that davenport, and I have to admit with a certain pride that somewhere in the depth of a storage unit back home, I have a chair just exactly like Harry's.


  1. You know she's not wearing any knickers.

  2. gotta wonder if she would've
    done pushups on "ellen."

  3. Yup, you're on the money, P. - but on the other hand, Harry is, so it all evens out.

    And as for pushups? You'd be surprised; Bess may look matronly, but on a good day she can benchpress 350...

  4. Harry's socks match the woodwork and furniture. Not a style choice I've ever considered, but now I can't shake the thought.

  5. White shoes ARE allowed after Labor Day if you wear black socks for contrast.