Nixon campaign sign goes to history group

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 42-year-old political sign for presidential hopeful Richard Nixon, discovered last month in Anchorage, will go to an historic preservation group.

The sign was uncovered during the renovation of the Recreational Equipment Inc. store in Midtown Anchorage. Workers removed siding to find a huge poster featuring pictures of a young, smiling Nixon and his running mate, Henry Cabot Lodge.

The sign drew offers of up to $2,000 and attracted the interest of the Nixon presidential library in San Clemente, Calif., said Mike Herzog, manager of the store. But at 7 high and 20 feet wide, it was too large for the library.

The sign is being given to Anchorage Historic Properties, Herzog said.

Craig Harpel, spokesman for the non-profit group, said it will remain in storage until a suitable display site can be found. The sign deserves exposure, he said.

''It's too beautiful a gem to let it not be seen,'' Harpel said.

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