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The Inauguration: 1921

The Inauguration: 1921

"Inauguration. March 4, 1921. Crowds at U.S. Capitol." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Not quite 11, but better than shouting

To answer mgolden's concerns, amplification was available by this time and apparently the President-elect was very familiar with it. Having said that, I do not spot any of the speakers in this photo, but possibly they were located left of the frame in this photo.

Post Pandemic Crowd

They are packed together like the pandemic never happened. Maybe we'll get there too.

Social Distancing

Amazing to see so many people packed together just a year after the Spanish Flu pandemic ended. I wonder if we'll ever return to these type gatherings once COVID stops spreading.

Painful Delay

Can anyone imagine having to wait until March 4 in 2021?


I have always wondered what happened in this sort of gathering in the days before amplification. Was everyone really so very quiet that these people can actually hear what is being said? Would it be possible to follow the address even if everyone were totally silent? If they can't hear anything, are they there just to see and be part of the scene?

Where's Waldo?

I may have found the only uncovered head in the crowd. I

Hats Off

... to your new President, Warren G. Harding! And that would be a LOT of hats. I'm hard-pressed to find a single uncovered head in the whole bunch! Let the "Roaring Twenties" begin.

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