Just before the Big Day, the famed Lamar, Mo. Democrat (circ. 1,300) published an urgent appeal: "We want as many tin and granite cups as we can get for use of the public on Truman Day. The cups will be returned to their owners."
And on its front page, the Democrat carried an advertisement:
TRUMAN DAY SPECIAL
GOOD RED BARN PAINT $1.45 PER GAL.
BEST HIGH GRADE WHITE
HOUSE PAINT $2.95 PER GAL.
THIS IS CHEAPER THAN PREWAR PRICES
ONE DAY ONLY
Thus last week did tiny Lamar (pop- 3,000), prepare to welcome back its most successful native son, Senator Harry S. Truman, and to watch him being...