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High-Minded: 1935

High-Minded: 1935

Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "NO CAPTION (man at desk with proposal for Jefferson Memorial)." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Rep. Boylan was perfectly happy to be photographed when it suited him, as evidenced by his prior appearance on Shorpy advocating demolition of supposed urban blight.


If the title of this one alludes to the shape of his forehead, I just want to say "how clever." If it does not, I want to say "Wow, this guy has quite a forehead."

Rep. John J. Boylan

This seems to be a photo of Congressman John Joseph Boylan of New York (1878-1938), who must have been unusually camera-shy, as there are very few images of him online. If this is he, he had aged greatly since he entered the House of Representatives in 1923. Beginning in 1934, Rep. Boylan rallied Congressional support for the construction of a memorial to Thomas Jefferson. The memorial's much-modified final design was not constructed until after Boylan's death.

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