The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Public Figures: 1929

Public Figures: 1929

Washington, D.C., 1929. The caption for this one is, disappointingly, NO CAPTION. That looks like Herbert Hoover on the left. Who are the others? What about the lady? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

I'm pretty sure

this is actually a still from a Twilight Zone episode.

From left to right

Some of these are tough and I am less than 100% certain of but I believe that they are from left to right...
Herbert Hoover
Sitting Uncertain but possibly Charles Curtis
Calvin Coolidge
Charles Dawes
Sitting w/glasses James Eli Watson
Sitting Nicholas Longworth
Standing Billy Sunday
Sitting Robert M. La Follette

Billy Sunday

I think the standing character leaning on a small podium (back right) might be the brimstone and fire preacher Billy Sunday. Pictures of him show him leaning heavily on a small podium like that. He had a national following and used a lot of physical action and antics in his sermons. These postures he took while preaching were widely known and often poked fun at.

Statue of Limitations

"Mrs E.F. Flotney of Walla Walla displays her hand carved likenesses of the Presidents, produced from the finest Mississippi mud"

Silent Cal?

The one with the glasses looks like Calvin Coolidge.

True to the Nom de Plume

I thought that was Hoover in the center.

I think

the one on the left is Theodore Roosevelt, although it also looks like Ted Kennedy, and yes, perhaps Hoover.

The lady draws my eye. She seems to look looks a bit oddly upon the carvings, presumably her creations. They are all interesting, but would I be willing to sleep with them in the same house at night?

I don't think so.

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.