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dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-07T15:43:31Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-07T15:43:31Z
dc.date.issued 1959-04-27
dc.identifier.citation "Fidel Castro reading newspaper during 1959 visit." (1959) Museum of Houston and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center: https://hdl.handle.net/1911/36640.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/36640
dc.description Fidel Castro relaxes with a cigar and reads the local newspaper during his 1959 visit to Houston, Texas. Note that the price of a head of cabbage is 3 cents per pound and that avocados are on sale '2 for 25 cents.'
dc.description.abstract His government in near collapse and the rebels on Havana's doorstep, Cuban dictator Batista fled to the Dominican Republic on January 1, 1959. Fidel Castro emerged as the leader of the new government. Fidel's first trip to the United States (on April 15, 1959) demonstrated his intelligence. He neither requested nor accepted the classical official invitation; rather, he had himself invited by the press, the Press Club, through the good offices of a man of irreproachable credentials for the American Establishment, Jules Dubois, the Chicago Tribune's correspondent in Cuba, a retired colonel, and a person to whom the State Department listened. For his part, Fidel, through OPLA, hired one of the best public relations firms in the Untied States, and it took charge of all his public appearances during the trip. "Smiles, lots of smiles," was its constant counsel. Afterward the public relations people admitted they had never handled such a consummate actor-even his "fidelenglish" was an asset. He evinced no personality problems and answered the most impertinent questions calmly. He never lost his temper, always kept his good humor. And he visited progressive universities, liberal organizations, the zoo, Yankee Stadium; he ate hot dogs and hamburgers, and tried to make a media splash. Fidel didn't try to pass himself off as a folk hero and never asked for a cent; instead, he tried to look like a calm, serious statesman people would take seriously. (From Family Portrait with Fidel by Carlos Franqui.)
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Museum of Houston and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center
dc.rights This material is to be used for personal or research use only. Any other use, including but not limited to commercial or scholarly reproductions, redistribution, publication, or transmission, whether by electronic means or other wise, without prior written permission is prohibited. Permission to use any material in this manuscript must be obtained from Houston Metropolitan Research Center - Houston Public Library, 500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77002, 832/393-1658, hpl.archives@cityofhouston.net.
dc.title Fidel Castro reading newspaper during 1959 visit
dc.digitization.specifications Oversized photo cropped during scanning. Photo converted to JPEG using Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0. Conversion done by PED of MoH on 3/1/2007.
dc.date.digital 2006-09-26
dc.date.original 1959-04-27
dc.source.collection Forms part of the Houston Post Photographic Collection at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.
dc.identifier.digital USHMRCRGD006-1384
dc.contributor.publisher Houston Post
dc.type.genre photographs
dc.type.dcmi Image


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