The "recalled" papers were brought back to the warehouse and treated as regular "returns". As was common procedure for returns, the upper right hand corner of the front page (the "ear" portion) was clipped off. In some cases, portions of the nameplate and even date area ended up being ripped off.
Next, these papers were put out in the trash to be hauled off to a dump yard. Few realized the potential value of this edition, thus, very few of these were taken home by staff or rescued from the dump yard by individuals. For this reason, this edition can be found in the intact and "ear removed" format. The "ear removed" format, of course, has a much lower collector value.
When Truman went to bed November 2, he was losing the election. Upon arising the next morning he, of course, learned he had won. he traveled to Washington, D.C. that day by train. On a short stop in St. Louis, Truman was presented with one of the "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN" papers while on the back platform of the train. It was at this moment that the now famous photo of Truman holding up the paper was taken. When asked to comment, Truman said "This is for the books."