Monday, October 10, 2011

The Blue Elephant

Want to see something amazing that turned up in a thrift store in the Treasure Valley? Even if you don't:

Why would I want a blue elephant figurine emblazened with "G.O.P."? This is why:

Yes, this figurine originated in one of Herman Welker's two campaigns for the United States Senate. Welker, as those of you familiar with Idaho history may remember, served in the U.S. Senate for one term before being defeated by Frank Church. Welker is also responsibile for something else important in Idaho history--he recommended a young Harmon Killebrew to then-owner of the Washington Senators Clark Griffith who sent a scout out to Idaho and the rest is baseball history.

A big thanks to the friend who spotted it and knew exactly who Welker was and that I would value this piece of Idaho history.

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