Dig into the PG Photo Archive: 1968 presidential campaign in Pittsburgh and 'Nixon dresses'
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The presidential campaign of 1968 was like no other campaign in the U.S. history. It played out against a backdrop of assassinations, civil unrest and war in Vietnam.
Both presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and Hubert H. Humphrey carried their campaigns to Pittsburgh several times in 1968.
Richard M. Nixon was elected president on Nov. 5, 1968 with a victory margin of about 1 percent of the popular vote.
The photos on The Digs capture Richard M. Nixon's visit to Pittsburgh in October 1968, just six days before the presidential elections: with a photo of Nixon and his wife Pat en route to a Civic Arena rally, and a crowd photo from that rally.
And check out some of Nixon's more fashionable supporters, who are wearing their "Nixon dresses."
Yes, Richard Nixon's campaign designed paper dresses for its female supporters. Nixon paper dresses had blue stars and "NIXON" printed in red capital letters on a white background.
The Pittsburgh Press photo featured on 'The Digs' captured the "brightly-clad young Nixon Girls" lining an aisle at the Civic Arena to greet Nixon on his arrival to the rally.
Check out the photos at The Digs.
First Published August 15, 2012 11:30 am