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Jim Fletcher's Presidential Memorabilia Collection

Like any longtime teacher Jim Fletcher has lessons and materials he relies on every year. But for Fletcher that includes a 40,000-piece collection of presidential memorabilia.

This dress was designed for locals to wear to welcome John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, on a trip they were scheduled to make to Africa in 1964. Kennedy was assassinated a few months before the trip was supposed to take place.

This dress was designed for locals to wear to welcome John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, on a trip they were scheduled to make to Africa in 1964. Kennedy was assassinated a few months before the trip was supposed to take place.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

George Washington is depicted on one side of this flask, Andrew Jackson on the other. These flasks were distributed, filled with whiskey, at Jackson campaign events. Distributing alcohol to voters in this way is illegal today.

George Washington is depicted on one side of this flask, Andrew Jackson on the other. These flasks were distributed, filled with whiskey, at Jackson campaign events. Distributing alcohol to voters in this way is illegal today.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

Supporters of Dwight D. Eisenhower wore dresses like the one pictured here as part of the Eisenhower Bandwagon during his first run for the presidency in 1952.

Supporters of Dwight D. Eisenhower wore dresses like the one pictured here as part of the Eisenhower Bandwagon during his first run for the presidency in 1952.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

The January 1961 issue MAD Magazine congratulated John F. Kennedy for winning the election on its front cover and congratulated Richard Nixon on the back cover. Half the magazine was Kennedy parody, half Nixon.

The January 1961 issue MAD Magazine congratulated John F. Kennedy for winning the election on its front cover and congratulated Richard Nixon on the back cover. Half the magazine was Kennedy parody, half Nixon.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

This Clairemont High School room, used for meetings and tutoring sessions, also houses a mini-museum of presidential memorabilia. The collection was amassed by Jim Fletcher and many of his students over the 27 years Fletcher has been at the school.

This Clairemont High School room, used for meetings and tutoring sessions, also houses a mini-museum of presidential memorabilia. The collection was amassed by Jim Fletcher and many of his students over the 27 years Fletcher has been at the school.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

Clairemont history teacher Jim Fletcher demonstrates how much noise an oak noisemaker from Teddy Roosevelt's 1904 campaign can still make.

Clairemont history teacher Jim Fletcher demonstrates how much noise an oak noisemaker from Teddy Roosevelt's 1904 campaign can still make.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

This pong pong paddle set was sold to commemorate the U.S.-China ping pong tournament that helped pave the way for the thawing of relations between the two countries and Richard Nixon's historic visit to Beijing in 1972.

This pong pong paddle set was sold to commemorate the U.S.-China ping pong tournament that helped pave the way for the thawing of relations between the two countries and Richard Nixon's historic visit to Beijing in 1972.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

This print from the early 1840s depicts President James K. Polk and Vice President George Dallas. It is the oldest piece on display in the Clairemont High School collection.

This print from the early 1840s depicts President James K. Polk and Vice President George Dallas. It is the oldest piece on display in the Clairemont High School collection.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

A salt and pepper shaker set that depicts John F. Kennedy in one of his iconic rocking chairs. Kennedy suffered from chronic back pain, which the chairs eased.

A salt and pepper shaker set that depicts John F. Kennedy in one of his iconic rocking chairs. Kennedy suffered from chronic back pain, which the chairs eased.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

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