Vintage Photograph Shows Stock Watchers on Broad Street Looking for Good News Surrounding Vietnam Peace Calls

April 1, 1968: Stock-watchers observed the numbers on Broad Street, which showed signs of good news “as securities markets around the world generally placed a bullish tag on President Johnson’s bid for peace in Vietnam,” reported The Times. “Brokers said that markets hungering for good news in recent months seized upon the speech Sunday night by President Johnson,” which called for a halt to bombing in Vietnam and invited its government to “join him in a ‘series of mutual moves toward peace.’ ” The war lasted until 1975.
April 1, 1968: Stock-watchers observed the numbers on Broad Street, which showed signs of good news “as securities markets around the world generally placed a bullish tag on President Johnson’s bid for peace in Vietnam,” reported The Times. “Brokers said that markets hungering for good news in recent months seized upon the speech Sunday night by President Johnson,” which called for a halt to bombing in Vietnam and invited its government to “join him in a ‘series of mutual moves toward peace.’ ” The war lasted until 1975.
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Today's posting features a shot from April 1st, 1968 showing a crowd of people in the Financial District watching the stocks after a call for peace in Vietnam.

April 1, 1968: Stock-watchers observed the numbers on Broad Street, which showed signs of good news “as securities markets around the world generally placed a bullish tag on President Johnson’s bid for peace in Vietnam,” reported The Times. “Brokers said that markets hungering for good news in recent months seized upon the speech Sunday night by President Johnson,” which called for a halt to bombing in Vietnam and invited its government to “join him in a ‘series of mutual moves toward peace.’ ” The war lasted until 1975.

The original article from 1968 has more.

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