I just got a packet of vintage color White House postcards delivered from Walt’s Postcards. I’ve photographed them and added most of them. So far I’ve added Truman’s China Room, a better image of Taft’s Blue Room, and Taft’s West Wing.
With the West Wing photo, I’m starting to wonder if the one below it (labeled c1910 from the LOC) isn’t really c1904–pre-Taft expansion. I’ll look for corroboration from Seale.
I’ve also got something fairly astonishing. It’s a picture of the Red Room, pre-McKim makeover, arrayed in green and labeled “East Room”! I believe the postcard is German, and at first I figured it was a fanciful hand-tinting job. But I’ve just noticed that another pic from the same era is labeled “Green Parlor” by the LOC, which I had always assumed was a simple mix-up. Now I wonder if that room was indeed done in green prior to TR’s renovation. I haven’t read such a thing, but I’ve been meaning to read more about that era. Can anyone help me out?
I also have a couple of exteriors that I think I’ll reshoot.