What Does the President Look Like?

Technology has changed the way Americans know about the President. Today, the President’s image is everywhere you look, but how did Americans know what George Washington looked like when he was president? And why isn’t George smiling on that dollar bill in your pocket? Think Currier and Ives made only Christmas cards sung about in Sleigh Bells? Think again. Posters of presidents–not one horse sleighs– made Currier and Ives a household name. Did a single photograph of Abraham Lincoln really elect him president? And why didn’t Andrew Jackson laugh at those cartoons? 

What Does the President Look Like answers these curious questions and many others to show how technology and new inventions have both shaped and made presidents–and America–over the years. And don’t forget to grab your digital camera; you just might meet the real president along the way.

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