All 31 Rediscovered Historic Inauguration Photos Now Available on Council’s Website

In January and February, an exhibit of eleven photos was on exhibit in the Atrium of the Wilson Building. Now, for the first time, the complete set of 31 photos drawn from our cache of rediscovered historic negatives are available to the public online.  The 31 images constitute a historic triple-play in terms of their content, in that they depict:

  • The Inaugural Parade of William Howard Taft as the 27th President on March 4, 1909
  • The District (now Wilson) Building just months after its dedication
  • A historic blizzard so bad that the Presidential Oath was extraordinarily moved indoors

Full information on the rediscovered photos is available here.

We encourage local historians and photo enthusiasts to vigorously examine the details of each photo. If you make any interesting discoveries, or hatch any intriguing theories, please let us know via e-mail at jgibson@dccouncil.us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District Building, parade shot, procession heading towards the White House. Note grandstands at left.

District Building's western neighbors, parade shot. Procession heading west towards White House. Note vendor stand at bottom left, and streetcar tracks.

Crispest photo of the District Building. Note flag vendors at bottom right.

We think the two white dots on top of each other in the carriage at center are Mrs. Taft's hat and scarf. President Taft would be seated next to her.

Another shot of the District Building's western neighbors.

Another District Building parade shot.

Shot likely from earlier in the day, procession heading toward Capitol. Note umbrellas are still out, and snow has not been trambled down/melted yet.

Another District Building parade shot.

Another District Building parade shot.

Mystery Photo 1: Snow is freshest, possible pre-parade shot of where the photographer had stayed the night before. Ideas on where this is? Email jgibson@dccouncil.us

Shot of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the Treasury Building, looking west towards the gateway in front of the White House. Note two police officers at right.

Mystery Photo 2: Same snowy yard as in Mystery Photo 1.  Ideas on where this is? Email jgibson@dccouncil.us

Another District Building parade shot.

Shot of District Building's eastern neighbors, including the Old Post Office Pavilion. Note historic weather kiosk at bottom right.

Another District Building parade shot.

A view of the District Building's neighbors slightly further to the west. Note flag vendors at bottom center, and streetcar tracks.

Another District Building parade shot. Note flag vendors at bottom right.

Another District Building parade shot. Note marching band in parade.

A view of the District Building's neighbors slightly further to the east, including the Old Post Office Pavilion. Note historic  weather kiosk at bottom right.

A view of the District Building's neighbors to the east. Note the historic weather kiosk at center.

Another District Building parade shot.

Another District Building parade shot.

Another shot in front of the Treasury Building. Note inaugural gateway in front of White House, police officer visible at right.

Another pre-parade shot, as the procession heads east towards the Capitol. Note greater show accumulation, umbrellas deployed. Best view of the grandstands.

Another shot of the District Building's western neighbors.

Mystery Photo 3: Possible rear view of buildings in other Mystery Photos. What is the long building on the right side of the alley? Ideas on where this is? Email jgibson@dccouncil.us

Another shot of the District Building's western neighbors.

Earlier shot of the District Building's western neighbors. Note higher show accumulation, umbrellas out. Procession heads east towards the Capitol.

Earlier shot of the District Building's western neighbors. Note higher show accumulation, umbrellas out. Procession heads east towards the Capitol.

Another District Building parade shot.

Mystery Photo 4: Another shot of tree-filled front yard, possibly where photographer spent the prior night and left from first thing that morning. Ideas on where this is? Email jgibson@dccouncil.us