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Politics

Old Boys' Club: 1910

Old Boys' Club: 1910

Circa 1910. "U.S. Senate pages." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

The Upper Hand: 1919

The Upper Hand: 1919

1919. "Ralph E. Madsen, the tall cowboy, shaking hands with Senator Morris Sheppard at Capitol." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Party Office: 1919

Party Office: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Woman suffrage. National Woman's Party, interior." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Acorn Musee: 1909

Acorn Musee: 1909

New York, 1909. "Political museums, Union Square." Two dueling exhibits, one mounted by the Committee of 100 against the Tammany Hall political machine, and the other a counter-exhibit staged by Tammany partisans. The particulars here are enough to make your eyes glaze over, although I was happy to see that someone fixed a misplaced apostrophe in the banner on the right. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Forward Into Light: 1916

Forward Into Light: 1916

"Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, 1916." One of the banners used in a memorial service for Inez Milholland, the lawyer who became a martyr to the suffrage movement following her death from anemia while campaigning for the 19th Amendment. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Inaugural Ball: 1925

Inaugural Ball: 1925

"Inaugural Ball. March 4, 1925." And Calvin Coolidge could have danced all night. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Court of Honor: 1913

Court of Honor: 1913

Preparations for the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson in 1913. "Inaugural stands. Court of Honor before White House." Building at the left is the Treasury at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 
 
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