ESTEEMED MR. KENNEDY, Allow me to congratulate you on the occasion of your election to the high post of the President of the United States.
Just added a great image of the Yellow Oval Room in 1909, sent by Stephen Martin. However, this makes the circa 1910 date of another image a little suspect. Did Taft put moulding on the walls and then someone remove it by 1930?
Times Online is reporting that President of France Nicolas Sarkozy has secretly married supermodel Carla Bruni in the Elysee last week. It’s hard to imagine such a thing happening in the White House (except maybe back in the days of President Hefner), but then there is a little church just across the park from the White House, where such things could be taken care of discreetly. One imagines the Elysee is surrounded by cheese shops and topless beaches.
The legend reads
Cortelyou, Knox, Payne, Moody, Hay, Roosevelt, Hichcock, Root, Shaw, Wilson. The President reading his message to the Cabinet before sending it to Congress.
Update: Let me stress that the photo is a genuine 1903 print. I haven’t done anything to it myself, and I doubt the Library of Congress did. But clearly the original publisher optically printed in several of the figures.
The visits of Charles and Diana (the Waleses, don’t you know) must have been a big deal in the Reagan White House. More photos keep popping up from time to time. The one I’ve just added is of the second floor dining room set up for a little dinner party.
The one of Diana dancing with John Travolta in the Entrance Hall is famous. There is a nice one of them sitting in the West Sitting Hall. And the State Dining Room has one taken from a high corner, that must have been tricky to rig. Next I suppose we’ll see one of them lounging by the pool or perhaps bowling. Better still, we’d see one of Charles reacting to being served a cup of tea with a tea bag in it.
Also just added, the Reagan Green Room.
Full text of Elizabeth Keckley’s 1868 memoir Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House. There doesn’t seem to be much description of the White House itself, but there is an awful lot of this sort of thing:
Mrs. Lincoln was especially severe on Mr. Wm. H. Seward, Secretary of State. She but rarely lost an opportunity to say an unkind word of him.