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April 28, 1927. "Tiny tot gives President Coolidge flood relief contribution. Little Elizabeth Anne Stitt, daughter of Theodore Stitt, Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, presents Mr. Coolidge with the first 'buddy' poppy of the season." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.
September 25, 1923. Brigadier General William Mitchell in Washington, D.C. An important figure in the development of military aviation, "Billy" Mitchell is regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force. His criticism of Army and Navy leaders after the crash of the airship Shenandoah in 1925 led to a court-martial and subsequent resignation. When it came to clothes, cars and horses, he was a connoisseur of the good life. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.
September 15, 1913. Frederick Schnell and father-in-law Ardolph Kline, a president of the New York City board of aldermen who served as NYC mayor for three months following the unexpected death, five days before this picture was taken, of William Jay Gaynor. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.