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Young FDR: 1911

Young FDR: 1911

Franklin Roosevelt in a portrait dated February 3, 1911, a few days after his 29th birthday. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

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Yup! Indeed, they're a Pince-Nez:

I think it's time for them to come back.


I think he has pretty amazing glasses for it being 1911. Do they stay on just by being pinched on the nose?


to note (and for what it's worth) that at the time of this photo, Roosevelt walked. He contracted polio in 1921, and spent the rest of his life in braces and a wheelchair.

I just took FDR's picture off my wall and boxed it up...

...since I'm packing and getting ready to move.

At a Dallas estate sale many years ago, an antique dealer (the one who bought all of the leftovers that didn't sell) told me that many Texans hung pictures of FDR in their kitchen and homes during the Depression & WWII. The elderly lady who had passed away had never taken hers down so I bought it and hung it in my own kitchen...which always raises an eyebrow among my fellow Republicans.

I just smile...and let them wonder.


The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, that was a great speech.

Now all we hear is: Be very Afraid!

A way with words

His years as president will always be debated, but his speeches were moving, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, that was a great speech as was, a date which will live in infamy.

His immigration speech is

His immigration speech is getting a lot of use now.

Looks like Ben Affleck

Looks like Ben Affleck

Looks like!

Looks like Matthew McConaughey.....heh-heh

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