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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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East Room: 1910

East Room: 1910

The East Room of the White House circa 1910. So, where'd we put that feather duster? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, 8x10 inches. View full size.

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Ceiling detail

The plaster ceiling detail looks somewhat like a swastika, which was not an uncommon design in times past.

[It's called a Greek Key. - Dave]

Beautiful Ballroom

This was after the sympathetic McKim, Mead & White remodelling and redecoration of 1902. It still looks essentially the same today. It's a beautiful room.

Which East Room do you like?

Like the rest of the White House interiors, the East Room was frequently redecorated to match the taste of the times. The Lincoln East Room featured wallpaper, patterned carpeting and a Renaissance Revival style ceiling:

Later administrations frequently altered the decor and even the structure of the room. Andrew Johnson's ceiling was in the Rococo Revival Style, and Ulysses Grant's had massive gilded plaster beams. A detailed gallery of images documenting the various decors can be found here.


That must have been extremely difficult to reconstruct when the White House was gutted and rebuilt during the Truman administration. Beautiful detail!

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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