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The 1952 presidential election between Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower and Democrat Adlai Stevenson certainly represented a different era — one of civility — in American politics. That was Carolyn Agostini's takeaway in sharing this photo of a commercial storefront on Spring Street in Williamstown with The Eagle's County Fare.

The image, taken in 1952, captures two sides of the political divide back then between a barbershop at the left and her father's law office on the right. The lawyer was the late Frank Agostini.

The barbershop was the first to cover its facade with posters supporting Eisenhower and his vice presidential running mate, Sen. Richard Nixon, according to Agostini, of Williamstown.

But, shortly after the barbershop posted the "We Like Ike" slogan, attorney Agostini got on a ladder and completed that thought on his side of the building with "But We'll Vote for Stevenson."

Her father had lent his office to serve as a local campaign office for the Stevenson camp, Agostini said. "He partnered with Jim Burns for the campaign and the posters."

Eisenhower won the 1952 and 1956 contests.

"My parents passionately supported Stevenson," she said. "They lost, but democracy and civility remained intact. Different times."

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.


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