5/3/1948 NYT Caption: Truman receives first buddy poppy. Brannaman Washington photographers at work (Sunday).
The poppy is the "official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States." VFW first began distributing poppies in 1922; in 1923 the poppies were named "Buddy Poppies" and were assembled by disabled veterans. This tradition of creating jobs for veterans continues to this day and every year poppies are assembled by "disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals". The Information from the Veterans of Foreign Wars website.
4/25/1946 NYT Caption: President Truman at his desk in his office.
12/28/45 NYT Caption: Truman arrives in Washington.
Truman returned to Washington after Christmas in 1945 from a tense holiday. Bess Truman, upset at her husband's distance after he took office in April of that year, was not pleased when he waited to fly to Missouri for the holiday until december 25. The LA Times reported on this rift in 1986 and the New York times reported on his plans to fly home in bad weather.