I remember very clearly when this photo was taken (if not the exact year). I was only 8 or 9 years old, and we were on a family vacation. We were driving through Independence, Missouri on our way to the Truman Presidential Library.
My father suddenly pulled the car to the side of the road – “That’s Harry Truman!”, my father exclaimed. He then asked Mr. Truman if he could take a photo. The Ex-President agreed.
Later my father had this photo enlarged and sent it to Mr. Truman – Mr. Truman signed the enlargement and sent it back to my father (my father has an autographed photo of every President that has served in my father’s lifetime).
I now have the original Polaroid, as well as several copies of the original.
I’ll see if the Truman Library has any interest in the photo. I think it was taken just a couple of years before Mr. Truman’s death. You can see a gentleman to the right of Mr. Truman – I think this was his secretary, but I am not sure. I know it wasn’t Secret Service though – Mr. Truman was walking in broad daylight without a security detail. The times have changed.
If you click the image you will get a high-resolution scan. You might notice that Harry S. Truman, the man who ended World War II by ordering the only use of atomic weapons in combat, is sticking his tongue out!
My brothers may remember more of the details (exact year, etc). Read the comments – they may share their remembrances there.