Truman in Key West, March 1950.
Harry Truman was known for his neat appearance. Double-breasted suits, Stetsons and spectator shoes were his trademark. When he became president, his clothing choices were scrutinized by the media, leading him to take greater care when selecting appropriate dress for the leader of a nation. He took few risks, except for a few splashy neckties. That is, until he started vacationing in Key West.
The Harry S Truman NHS collection contains sixty-two Truman sport shirts, worn while he was on working vacations in Key West, Florida at what became known as the Little White House. This exhibit explores Truman's adoption of the sport shirt and offers a closer look at the President's personal collection of tropical shirts.