Harry S. Truman (seated) and Harry
Vaughan, photo from the Truman Library
U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s favored vacation spot was Key West; he first visited on doctor’s orders in November of 1946, and made many return trips. As anyone who has been to Key West can attest, your typical Washington, D.C. casual attire simply will not do in the hot, humid environment, and it wasn’t long before President Truman started looking like a local. His “wild” and “dizzy” shirts did not go unnoticed by the public, and he helped push the popularity of casual sports shirts with outlandish colors and designs. The National Park Service website’s pages for the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site include a featured exhibit on President Truman’s “Key West Uniform”, including several aloha shirts, with maker and size details for each, and accompanied by photos of Truman wearing the shirts. Tip of the Stetson to Cynical-C for the link.
- The “Key West Uniform”: President Truman’s Tropical Sport Shirts [National Park Service]