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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Politics

The White House: 1914

The White House: 1914

1914. "White House tent in Rose Garden." A view of the executive mansion from over the West Wing looking east past the Treasury and along Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Women Voters: 1917

Women Voters: 1917

New York circa 1917. "Calm about it. At Fifty-sixth and Lexington Avenue, the women voters showed no ignorance or trepidation, but cast their ballots in a businesslike way that bespoke study of suffrage." National Photo. View full size.

 

Zero Mile: 1925

Zero Mile: 1925

Washington circa 1925. "White House Zero Mile." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

See Dick Run: 1956

See Dick Run: 1956

August 1956. "Attendees at the Republican National Convention, San Francisco, California." They liked Ike, and Richard Nixon too. Photograph by Thomas J. O'Halloran, U.S. News & World Report. View full size.

 

The Great Gesticulator: 1924

The Great Gesticulator: 1924

September 1, 1924. "Robert M. La Follette, first radio campaign speech." Republican senator from Wisconsin and Progressive Party presidential candidate "Fighting Bob" La Follette, who died less than a year after this picture was taken. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Lost Cause: 1924

Lost Cause: 1924

September 29, 1924. "Mrs. La Follette at Mountain Lake Park, Maryland." Belle La Follette campaigning for husband Robert La Follette, a senator from Wisconsin who ran for president as the nominee of his own Progressive Party in 1924. Eight months after winning 17 percent of the vote in the general election, he died. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Peace and Progress: 1924

Peace and Progress: 1924

September 29, 1924. "Mrs. LaFollette at Mountain Lake Park, Maryland." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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