Old-timey White House funtacular

Pete S sent me a bunch of scans from one of the WHHA collections that I don’t have (but which I will order shortly), with a treasure trove (is there any other kind of trove?) of old-timey TR and Coolidge era pics of the family residence and old temporary Executive Office Building, which I’ve incorporated in too many places to list. Check the What’s New page.

There is an especially juicy diagram of TR’s original EOB, which I had tried to add before but which I couldn’t get a good image of. I’ve relabeled the rooms so you can see the layout of it really well.


3 thoughts on “Old-timey White House funtacular

  1. Great pictures from Pete. Interesting to see the “Lincoln” bed in a different setting. It’s big enough to have its own zip code… These bedroom pics look very homey and comfortable. Love the Reducing Machine in Coolidge’s bedroom!

    And aren’t we all glad that the West Wing (shown being built here) is only temporary? 🙂

  2. Great pictures!

    Elizabeth Jaffray: What a woman! Still driving around Washington in a horsedrawn carriage in the 1920s. She did belong in Buckingham Palace, but then so did Edith Roosevelt.

    One thing I truly dislike – putting furniture up against doors, apparently a common White House practice in years gone by.

  3. Yeah, it seems like the WH simply has too many doors. Just about every room has four to six doors. They must get in the way a lot.

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