Ronald Reagan

Wacky Wednesday

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Everything has a story, and it is the mission of the American Treasure Tour blog to explore all of the stories of the world one by one – at least so long as they somehow connect to our collection. Today, we explore the story of something important, something without which life would be a little sadder, and without which we might all be a little thinner. We refer to jellybeans. But not just any jellybeans – the most funnest and tastiest jellybeans ever.  Jelly Belly. Jelly Belly started out an idea of immigrants. Gustav Goelitz traveled from Germany to Belleville, Illinois in 1866 and began his own confectionary business. Followed by brothers Albert and George, mellowcremes were their first product, which soon morphed into candy corn (inspired by Philadelphian George Renniger). Gustav’s son Herman moved to California and opened his own candy company, and he explored the jellybean and gummy bear markets.

In 1965, something called the Mini Jelly Bean was first introduced, a tiny bean full of flavor. The next year, the governor of California tried one, an act of distraction against the temptation of cigarettes. His name was Ronald Reagan and he thanked the Herman Goelitz Company for helping keep the government running. In 1976, the Jelly Belly got its name by a candy and nut distributor named David Klein, inspired by the blues musician Lead Belly. Klein also came up with the red and yellow logo that dominates the tummy (a.k.a. belly) of our happy red fella hanging in the Toy Box, introduced in 1983 and affectionately, if unimaginatively, named Mr. Jelly Belly. 

Much to Celebrate - November 4, 2014

So many important events occurred on this day in history!

In 1842, a 33-year-old lawyer out of Springfield, Illinois named Abraham Lincoln married his 23-year-old betrothed, Mary Todd. 

Three important patents were granted on November 4th: In 1846, B.F. Palmer patented an artificial leg. In 1873, Dr. John B. Beers patented a gold crown for teeth. And in 1879, James J. Ritty patented the cash register. 

In 1922, King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in Egypt.

T.S. Eliot won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.

The following men were elected to the position of President of the United States on November 4th:

Grover Cleveland (1884)

James Buchanan (1856)

Calvin Coolidge (1924)

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1952)

Ronald Reagan (1980)

Barack Obama (2008)

Don't forget to VOTE today!

Happy Birthday to...

Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Gig Young (1913-1978)

Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

Art Carney (1918-2003)

Martin Balsam (1919-1996)

Doris Roberts (1930)

Loretta Swit (1937)

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989)

Ralph Macchio (1961)

Matthew McConaughey (1969)

Alright, alright, alright!

National Senior Citizens Day - August 21, 2014

Happy National Senior Citizens Day! In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared this day of recognition to honor seniors. We LOVE seniors here at the American Treasure Tour…and seniors love us! We provide fun and nostalgic entertainment with maximum comfort.


Today marks another important day in American History. What is it?

a)   The Wright brothers had their first successful flight

b)   Hawaii became the 50th state

c)    President Richard Nixon resigned

d)   The Golden Gate Bridge opened

Answer below!


Three seniors are out for a stroll. One of them remarks, “It’s windy.”

Another replies, “No, it’s Thursday.”

The third replies, “Me too, let’s have a soda.”


Proclamation 5847

Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land.

With improved health care and more years of productivity, older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders and as links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation. Many older people are embarking on second careers, giving younger Americans a fine example of responsibility, resourcefulness, competence, and determination. And more than 4.5 million senior citizens are serving as volunteers in various programs and projects that benefit every sector of society. Wherever the need exists, older people are making their presence felt -- for their own good and that of others.

For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older -- places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity.

The Congress, by House Joint Resolution 138, has designated August 21, 1988, as “National Senior Citizens Day” and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim August 21, 1988, as National Senior Citizens Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of August, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirteenth.

~Ronald Reagan, August 19,1988


Seniors may get special discounts and promotions at stores and restaurants today. Be sure to ask!


b) Hawaii became a state in 1959 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.