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E.B. and P.P.: 1921

E.B. and P.P.: 1921

"Edwards boy and P.P. Claxton." Our mysterious lad continues his tour of Washington in early 1921 with a visit to the offices of the federal commissioner of education, Philander P. Claxton. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

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Could anyone be elected commisioner of anything today with a first name of "Philander" ? He was probably appointed to the position anyway.

From the look at his desk, he did a lot of reading on education, or on something.

Eggs is Eggs

"Hey Butthead! Pull my finger!"

Haven't found him yet...

I tried to connect him to Edward Edwards, the then-governor of New Jersey, but that just doesn't ring right. I can't imagine the son of an anti-prohibitionist Democrat in a photo-op with then-GOP Chairman Hayes.

[Or do you mean Hays, as in Will Hays? - Dave]

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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