1948 Dewey Defeats Truman Iconic Type 1 Original Photo PSA/DNA LOA

"Dewey Defeats Truman" was an incorrect banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune (later Chicago Tribune) on November 3, 1948, the day after incumbent United States president Harry S. Truman won an upset victory over his opponent, Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York, in the 1948 presidential election. It was famously held up by Truman at a public appearance following his successful election, smiling triumphantly at the error.

The erroneous headline of the Chicago Daily Tribune became ill-famed after a jubilant Truman was photographed holding a copy of the paper during a stop at St. Louis Union Station while returning by train from his home in Independence, Missouri, to Washington, D.C. The Tribune, which had once referred to Democratic candidate Truman as a "nincompoop", was a famously Republican-leaning paper. In a retrospective article some 60 years later about the newspaper's most famous and embarrassing headline, the Tribune wrote that Truman "had as low an opinion of the Tribune as it did of him".

For about a year prior to the 1948 election, the printers who operated the linotype machines at the Chicago Tribune and other Chicago papers had been on strike, in protest of the Taft–Hartley Act. Around the same time, the Tribune had switched to a method by which copy for the paper was composed on typewriters, photographed, and then engraved onto the printing plates. This process required the paper to go to press several hours earlier than usual

This is an original TYPE 1 photo from International News Photos that measures 8x10 in size of President Truman holding up the Chicago Daily Tribune paper with the wrong headline, as Truman was duly elected as the President of the United States.  Original paper caption on back along with a dated stamp from 1948.

One of the most iconic shots of the 20th Century

Full LOA from PSA/DNA Type 1


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1948 Dewey Defeats Truman Iconic Type 1 Original Photo PSA/DNA LOA