If not for the Thompson family, this blog would be bereft of new material. The previous post "Franklin Pierce on 'Futurama'" sprang from the keen observation by Ryan Thompson of Franklin Pierce in a contemporary cartoon. Now his sister, Jenny Mais, has documented another appearance of Handsome Frank in popular culture. While on a visit to Pumpkin Fantasyland in Ligonier, Indiana, Jenny took these photographs of the the Presidents of the United States (POTUS) exhibit.
Presidential Pumpkins, replete with identical plastic top hats and seemingly superfluous jackets
Closeup of Young Hickory of the Granite Hills, AKA Franklin Pierce
A tip of the plastic hat to Ms. Mais for supplying these pictures!
This blog is a spinoff of the author's original blog, Lugubrious Drollery. As the original blog evolved, the obscure 14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was the subject of numerous posts. It seemed appropriate to move those posts to a blog dedicated to Pierce. Not above cheap trickery to draw visitors to the blog, the author chose the title in a feeble attempt to capitalize on the current popularity of body modification. If you came here expecting to see hardware in belly buttons, I offer my sincere apologies. Please stay and look around. BTW, the slogan in the header is a slogan for Franklin Pierce's 1852 presidential bid. It's a play off the name of former president James Polk.