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At the Polls: 1924

At the Polls: 1924

November 4, 1924. Arlington County, Virginia. "In line to vote at Clarendon." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Proud American

After my grandfather became a citizen in the 1940s he always wore a suit and tie to vote because he considered it such an honor and privilege.

Warts and All

This system is still the best! Congrats to all who voted and Thanks to all the candidates, winners or losers, for stepping up.

I feel better

Election results have me down. But something about seeing those old dudes in line to vote for somebody -- a face, a name, a lame campaign slogan -- who's been basically lost to time has made me feel better in a way.

Just another election, right?

John W. Davis

I believe Mr. Davis was the only presidential candidate who hailed from the great state of West Virginia. He was a lawyer, Congressman, Solicitor General and Ambassador to the UK. He was active as a lawyer until the end of his life arguing before the Supreme Court for the steel industry in the Youngstown Steel case in 1952 and unfortunately for the separate but equal doctrine in Brown v. Board of Education.

Bound to Lose

Democratic presidential nominee John W. Davis did win Virginia, and the rest of the South, but he lost every other state in the country, including his home state of West Virginia. Trounced by Republican incumbent Calvin Coolidge in a landslide, he retired from politics and returned to his legal practice where he finished his career arguing in favor of the "separate but equal" doctrine in front of the Supreme Court in the year before his death in 1955.

She's rockin'

... the wool cape!

Sign we cannot see

obviously must say "No hat, no service."

It's a Wonderful Life!

Mr. Gower (sixth from left) is casting his vote for George Bailey.

Mama's Vote

To me the woman on the far left of the photo looks like Vicki Lawrence. Mama in her younger days!

Who needs exit polls?

Just count who's holding a picture of whom!

The polls roll to you

As a young child in Hamtramck (a city entirely within the borders of Detroit) in the early 1950s, I remember going with my dad to vote. Trucks would deliver small dark green sheds the size of a small one car garage and deposit one or more in the streets for use as voting booths. They had small wood burning stoves for heat. I also remember storage yards where these sheds were parked wall to wall between elections. When I was a Boy Scout in the early 1960s, these sheds were sold off by the powers that be and our Troop 473 purchased one for a song and had it delivered to the back lot of the church that sponsored our Troop where we stored our camping equipment. Attached is a picture of similar shed I found on the internet.

Makes Me Wonder

How old do you have to be to vote in Arlington County?

Great to see today

Voted in the neighborhood this afternoon!


I see women are acting on their new right obtained only four years prior.


Carrying a poster of your favorite candidate into the polling place wouldn't work these days. Didn't these guys see the distance markers outside?

"He is Bound to Win"

That's about as catchy a slogan as it is truthful.

Canvas canvass

I swear this is a Norman Rockwell painting with all the characters of expression.

2 to 1

Not counting the men on the posters there are two males for every female. Even though one male looks a little young to vote.

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