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Officer Snodgrass: 1929

Officer Snodgrass: 1929

Officer Snodgrass of the White House police force holds a captured opossum that strayed onto White House grounds, May 6, 1929. From the National Photo Company collection. View full size.


Scary little things,

Scary little things, opossums. Eek.

*insert Bush joke here*

*insert Bush joke here*

Under Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge and his family would probably have been made this opossum into a family pet. The Coolidges seem to have kept quite a menagerie of fairly tame animals during their time at the White House.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | 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.

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