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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

J. Edgar Hoover: 1924

J. Edgar Hoover: 1924

December 22, 1924. "J.E. Hoover, Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice." A young J. Edgar Hoover, age 29, director of the government agency that we know today as the FBI. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Roaring Twenties

Awesome photo! J. Edgar Hoover as he was... in the time of Lovecraft!

Past Life

When I looked at this picture the first time, for a moment I saw a younger Rudolph Giuliani.

Wow

What a captivating portrait! One gets used to the pictures of him from the 1950's and 60's, this is a nice contrast.

 
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