Outfitted in blue jeans, brown canvas shoes—and sometimes a white buttondown shirt with the collar left unbuttoned—the Squire of Libertyville puttered around his twelve-room house and 71-acre farm last week, getting ready for the campaign's call to alarms. Adlai Ewing Stevenson, as the Democratic presidential nominee, had work to do, but his chores as a top news figure were ordained by a flock of newshawks. He was photographed clipping rosebushes, climbing fences, chasing sheep, petting dogs, pulling corn, bringing in the mail, hauling groceries.

Five-Minute Spots. Between photo sessions, Nominee Stevenson got...

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