Two albums (quarter-leather, 8.75 x 12 inches), containing a total of 63 professional black and white photographs, most 7 x 10 inches. Each album has a printed title page ("Welcome to Tunisia" and "Economic Cooperation in Tunisia") followed by photographs tipped in one to a page (rectos only). The "Welcome" album has a printed list of captions at the end. Some rubbing to spines, three leaves loose and laid in, just a few images with creasing or chipping to the edges; very good.
In December 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower embarked on an eleven-nation "Flight to Peace" goodwill tour, travelling 22,000 miles by air in 19 days. The tour took the President to Rome, Ankara, Karachi, Kabul, New Delhi, Tehran, Athens, Tunis, Madrid, and Casablanca. These albums commemorate the stop in Tunisia and were likely sent to members of his party upon their return to the U.S. There are shots of Eisenhower, Richard and Pat Nixon, Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba, and other officials greeting crowds, touring a farm and a factory, and looking generally delighted as they discuss matters of diplomacy. Many of the images highlight aspects of Tunisian history and tradition, architecture, culture, agriculture, and industrial and commercial development. We see fisherman working their nets, laborers picking cotton, a tannery, a demonstration of the Tunisian national dance, women in traditional dress, men playing drums and riding camels, artisans at work carving plaster and weaving mats, mosques and Roman ruins. But we also see a city street bustling with auto traffic, a modern food-processing plant, construction work on a large infrastructure project, well-drilling apparatus, and other signs that Tunisia is a forward-thinking, developing nation. By most accounts, Eisenhower's tour was a success. According to biographer P.G. Boyle, it "not only made Eisenhower re-asses the value of personal diplomacy, but it also convinced him to a greater extent of the need to assist Third-World countries." Tunisia had been receiving aid from the U.S. since 1957, and no doubt officials were keen to demonstrate that progress was being made, and the flow of aid should continue. We find no examples of these albums recorded in OCLC.