The Art of Political Stagecraft

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TIME examines an array of stages at conventions from 1868 to present, where evolutions in technology, fashion and architecture have all played a role in how a candidate is portrayed.

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10 comments
JohnYuEsq
JohnYuEsq

Only President Obama and the Democrats PROTECT America's MIDDLE CLASS. VOTE the DEMOCRATIC TICKET.

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

 

Reagan has a legacy so distorted by the Conservative

idolization of him that we may never have a clear picture of the real man behind

the television set beyond the elaborate myth now concocted around him.  Did he really rid the world of commie

scum?  Did destroy or save our

economy?  Check out my portrait of The

Gipper and help me figure it out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...

with some Cold War Hollywood!

gretchenj173
gretchenj173

A bit if misinformation presented in the slideshow; someone ought to fact check before publishing! Interesting that both Reagan and Obama, based on pictures, had very presidential looking stages. This year's looks as fractured and chaotic as the GOP seems to be, am waiting to see how the Dem's stage looks.

kshporter
kshporter

Dole wasn't the nominee in '76, FORD was the nominee ... that's why he's standing at the podium.  Who wrote this article, Alfred E. Newmann?

Ariana Mclaughlin
Ariana Mclaughlin

Thank you for pointing this out, Kshporter. Dole was the Vice Presidential nominee and we have updated the caption to reflect this.  

kshporter
kshporter

Mondale's stage set looks like something from Toys-R-Us!

kshporter
kshporter

George H.W. Bush was re-elected?  Um, I think you need to recheck that history book.  He lost to Clinton in the '92 election.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

Picture 7, 1992 GOP convention: "Reagan was speaking in support of the nomination of George H.W. Bush, who was reelected."

Um, really?

Ariana Mclaughlin
Ariana Mclaughlin

Thank you for pointing this out, Sue_N. We have appended this to reflect that George H.W. Bush was not reelected.

chupkar
chupkar

Wow. Super cool to go so far back. Nice slide show!