National Geographic : 1960 May
Madrid: Flags and triumphal arches IT 'MAY be true, as Eliza Ioolittle AMinA says in My Fair Lady, that "the spelle rain in Spain stays mainly in the Towe plain." At least the evening Mr. boast Eisenhower arrived. rain fell in Ma- Mr dridl. But this did not dampen the West( splenlid Spanish fiesta. since Laborers built arches 50 feet high power garlanded with greenery and topped in h( with banners, lights, and pictures of Presic Mr. Eisenhower and Generalissimo umen Franco. Irom one arch they hung As Mladrid's arms (right). Four-story- touch high '.S. flags and color portraits after clung to building facades; in all, the "I wa hosts distributed more than 260,000 travel U. S. and Spanish flags. wandi The Spanish installed a thousand raised new street lights and huge electric reach signs that (lashed :sPANA SALUI)A A cheer. 644 IKI (Spain salutes Ike) and IKE- In H5 EKTACHROMESBY GILBERTM. GROSVENOR N.G.S. IRS ~ ~ s r VRrO SSAnDOR OF PEACE. Office lights d out IKE in Mladrid's 34-story r building, which Spaniards is among Europe's tallest. . isenhower was the first top ern statesman to visit Spain Generalissimo Franco assumed Sin 1936. A square was named )nor of the guest--Plaza del lente Eisenhower. Later, a mon t will be raised there. usual. President Eisenhower ed the hearts of the people soon he touched their soil. Said he. s born in Texas, where I)e Vaca ed and the comrades of De Soto ered after his death. I was in Kansas, which ('oronado ed... ... " Delighted Spanish ;sdrowned out the loudspeaker. the city Mr. Eisenhower and Generalissimo Franco role the President's famous bub ble-top Lincoln, brought from Washington. Even in the cold drizzle. Mr. Eisen hower stood bareheaded and wavedl, to the cheers of half a million friendly but subdued Spaniards. Soldiers held back the crowd on the sidewalks: pho tographers were not tempted to tangle with these tough troops. When they said re main in the trucks, they meant it. Mounted lancers leading the procession wore shiny silver helmets. blue-scarlet and-gold uniforms. Red-and white capes covered riders and much of the horses. The schedule was tight: a state dinner, an early break fast, a short conference with Generalissimo Franco: then off to Morocco. The Mladrileiios forgot the departure. Not even the gov ernment radio carried the farewell. Instead it carried the annual (hristmas lottery, worth millions. Stiff compe tition. even for Dwight David Eisenhower.