During much of the 19th century, George Washington's image dominated
the iconography of the presidents. It was reproduced on souvenirs
and household items, affirming his continued historical importance
and the nation's need for heroes. This cast-iron hatchet was a souvenir
from the centennial celebration of Washington's 1789 inauguration.
Jackson snuff box
Andrew Jackson garnered the support and admiration of many Americans.
This souvenir snuffbox, about 1828, depicts Jackson as a military
Andrew Jackson comb
This 1831 comb has Jackson's image surrounded by those of Washington
During the 1932 bicentennial of George Washington's birth, plays and
pageants performed in costumes like this one were presented throughout