Or a Venus Flytrap?
December 19, 1951 — The Times Record

The Mossadegh Project | November 3, 2014    

This Wednesday evening editorial in the Troy, New York newspaper The Times Record contains a ‘gag-within-a-gag’, riffing on a minor news item which itself was smart-alecky in nature.

Their saucy comments followed another editorial questioning President Truman’s “moral code” due to rampant cronyism.


A great many people have been disturbed over the withdrawal from world markets of Iranian oil, because of the drain it places upon our own continental oil resources to make up the deficit. But the oil fraternity, the men whose business it is to take it out of the ground and sell it, have been rejoicing. They’ve never had it so good.

Thus members of the West Central Texas Oil & Gas Association have voted to award to Iran’s Premier, Mohammed Mossadegh, the title of the person who has done the most for the American oil industry in 1951. As a symbol of the award, the oil men decided to present to Mossadegh, in absentia, a potted geranium.

Wouldn’t a weeping willow have been more appropriate?

Related links:

Texas Oil Men Cite MossadeghAP, December 16, 1951

University of Edinburgh Nominates Mossadegh As Rector — October 1951

The Jug’s Beneath the BoughThe Chicago Daily Tribune, August 15, 1953

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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