Home Economics 101

From the pages of the May 30, 1925 New Yorker, and the pen (or typewriter) of one John C. Emery, a mildly funny bit on how Calvin and Grace Coolidge practice what they preach in terms of thrift:

I have just returned from a week-end in the White House with Calvin and Mrs. Coolidge and of course you want to know if Calvin is as economical in running his household as he is in running the government. Well, he is – or even more so. After two days with him, I thought I’d never go back to my old lavish ways. I mentally resolved to cut out smoking so many expensive cigarettes – think of it, fifteen cents for only twenty of them – but I guess my old habits were too much ingrained. Anyway, I’m smoking Pall Malls now instead of Camels.

The President’s invitation – written on the back of a used laundry list- was not to be denied, of course, and I arrived in Washington early the following Saturday morning and took a cab up to the Coolidges’ although I could just as well have walked.

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Sep. 14, 1925

On Sep. 14, 1925, president Coolidge met WWI flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker at the White House. Entrepeneur as well as highly decorated military man, Rickenbacker was a race car driver, automotive designer, and a pioneer in air transportation who was instrumental in the founding of Eastern Air Lines, a company he managed for many years.

Coolidge meeting Ed Rickenbacker and others, 09/14/25

(More or less) random Coolidge pics

Miss Vada Watson meeting president Coolidge, Jan. 29,1925

A smiling president Coolidge with the Kansas wheat girl, Vada Watson

On Jan. 29, 1925, president Coolidge welcomed to the White House a young lady named Vada Watson from Hutchinson, Kansas, a beauty contest winner at the inaugural ball of Kansas Governor Ben S. Paulen (Republican) just two weeks earlier.  Her gift to the president was a small sack of wheat harvested by the president’s predecessor, Warren G. Harding – less than two months before his death in 1923.