In 1897, President McKinley appointed Theodore Roosevelt Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and TR found himself in this office when the United States declared war on Spain in 1898. Always ready for action, he promptly resigned his post to form a volunteer regiment of western cowboys and eastern adventurers that the press...
In 1897, President McKinley appointed Theodore Roosevelt Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and TR found himself in this office when the United States declared war on Spain in 1898. Always ready for action, he promptly resigned his post to form a volunteer regiment of western cowboys and eastern adventurers that the press dubbed "Roosevelt's Rough Riders." The Spanish-American War did not last long, but it was long enough for the Rough Riders to take San Juan Hill and pass into folklore. Roosevelt returned to the United States as the most famous man in the nation. Three years later he was President.
Rockwood Co. photographers took a photograph of Roosevelt in his Rough Riders uniform. It was a magnificent one, and probably the photograph of which TR was most proud, as he used it as the frontispiece of his 1899 book, The Rough Riders. Soon after, pioneering postcard publisher Arthur Livingston made it into one of the postcards in his noted “Greetings From Picturesque America” series, which was famous for its American flag in color as part of the logo.
A Livingston postcard picture of TR taken from the Rockwood photograph, printed in black & white halftone lithography, bodly signed by him at the bottom. This is only the third image of Roosevelt in his Rough Riders uniform that we have carried in all our years in the field.
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