Peanut-shaped Pill Container

[LBJ Library photo by Ruth Goerger]

This week's artifact is a peanut- shaped pill container. (1999.29.1)  Story has it that Mrs. Johnson served tea to Betty Ford in the LBJ Library Presidential Suite during a campaign stop Mrs. Ford made during the 1976 Carter/Ford election. Without realizing the faux pas, guest Martha Tiller offered Mrs. Ford saccharin tablets in this little peanut (remembering too late that the peanut was the symbol for the Carter campaign!)  

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Betty Ford dances on a table in the White HouseFirst Lady Betty Ford dances on the Cabinet Room table on the day before departing the White House upon the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. Image #B2843-09A by David Kennerly]

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