California senator Hiram Johnson does not look happy to be receiving the information detailed in the telegram in this image. The telegram informed him that President Calvin Coolidge was bestowing him with the honor of serving as postmaster in Oil City, PA. Postmaster was not an esteemed position and by figuratively placing Johnson there Coolidge would eliminate him as a political threat. Johnson was a strong critic of Coolidge and unsuccessfully challenged him for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1924.
G. K Berryman
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