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The Media and the Presidents Press Collection

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  • President Harding's Voyage of Understanding, Alaska, Side A
    Keystone View Company
    Presidential Visits
    Alaska
    travel
    This stereograph by Keystone View Company shows President Warren G. Harding receiving an oar in Alaska during his "Voyage of Understanding." The Voyage of Understanding was the name given to Harding's tour of the western United States and Alaska. Harding was the first sitting president to visit Alaska. The caption reads: "A Paddle to Help Him on Alaskan Water Trip."
  • President Harding's Voyage of Understanding, Butte, Montana, Side A
    Keystone View Company
    Presidential Visits
    Montana
    travel
    This stereograph by Keystone View Company shows President Warren G. Harding speaking to a large crowd in Butte, Montana, during his "Voyage of Understanding." The Voyage of Understanding was the name given to Harding's tour of the western United States and Alaska. Harding was the first sitting president to visit Alaska. The caption reads: "President Harding Speaking at Butte, Montana."
  • President Harding and Laddie Boy Pose for a Photographer
    Herbert E. French
    South Grounds
    South Portico
    Pets
    Press
    In this black and white photograph, a photographer takes a picture President Warren G. Harding playing with the Harding family pet Airedale terrier, Laddie Boy, in front of the South Portico of the White House. Harding’s presidential campaign slogan was "Return to Normalcy" following the end of World War I, and Laddie Boy was the perfect representation of this shift. He even sat in on meetings and had his own cabinet chair. This photograph is from the Herbert E. French Collection, of the National Photo Company at the Library of Congress, which captured life in Washington, D.C., from the Wilson to the Hoover administrations.
  • Mrs. Harding Behind the Camera
    Herbert E. French
    South Grounds
    South Portico
    Press
    White House Guests
    In this black and white photograph, First Lady Florence Kling Harding turns the tables on photographers by going behind the camera. This photograph is from the Herbert E. French Collection, of the National Photo Company at the Library of Congress, which captured life in Washington, D.C., from the Wilson to the Hoover administrations.
  • Truman Greets Indian Prime Minister
    Abbie Rowe
    Head of State
    State Visit
    This photograph shows President Harry Truman greeting Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru; Ambassador Vijaya Pandit, his sister; and his daughter, Indira Gandhi, upon their arrival at Washington National Airport. Nehru was the first prime minister of India following the country's independence from Great Britain.
  • President Truman Announces Japanese Surrender
    Abbie Rowe
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    press
    World War II
    This photograph by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service is of President Truman standing behind his desk in the Oval Office reading the announcement of the surrender of Japan to the press. On the wall behind Truman is a portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt painted by Frank O. Salisbury.
  • President Truman Displays Chicago Daily Tribune Headline
    Unknown
    press
    This photograph was taken on the day after election day as President Harry Truman displays the issue of the "Chicago Tribune" that reads "Dewey Defeats Truman." Truman had in fact won the election despite polling numbers indicating he was behind. The newspaper went to press before the results were fully known, resulting in the disastrously wrong headline. The photograph was taken in St. Louis when someone handed Truman a copy of the paper and he held it up in victory, preserving the mistake for all time.
  • President Truman with Press in Key West
    Unknown
    press
    This photograph shows President Truman with members of the Press in Key West, Florida. Advances in communications technology and travel enabled Truman to winter in Key West during his presidency. He spent a total of 175 days over 11 visits to the island. The waterfront house he used was formerly the first officer's quarters on the naval station submarine base. Left to right: Bill Gerecke, Harry Walsh, Alfonso Muto, Harry Truman, Charles Portz, M.H. Posey, Harvey George, and Jeff Brodhead.
  • President Truman Meets with Cartoonists
    Abbie Rowe
    press
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    This photograph by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service shows President Harry Truman in the Rose Garden with cartoonists who have sketched him.
  • Press Gathers Around Franklin D. Roosevelt's Desk
    Unknown
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    Press
    In this black and white photograph, President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets with members of the press in the Oval Office as they gather around the President’s desk for a press conference.
  • Fala's Second Birthday - Photographing the Photographers
    Unknown
    Pets
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Press
    In this black and white photograph, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog Fala is shown posing on a camera for photographers on his second birthday on the south lawn of the White House. Fala, a Scottish Terrier, was a gift to President Roosevelt from his cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley. Fala went to live in the White House on November 10, 1940, and regularly traveled with the President, including trips to Roosevelt’s homes in both Hyde Park, New York and Warm Springs, Georgia. Fala was popular among the American public and frequently received letters from people across the country. In 1943, MGM made a short-subject film relating the World War II home front story from Fala's perspective. The studio made a second installment in 1946 after his master's death that included Fala's tour of Hyde Park, the Roosevelt family estate, and future site of a presidential library.
  • Franklin Roosevelt Delivering a Fireside Chat
    Unknown
    Press
    Diplomatic Reception Room
    Ground Floor
    In this black and white photograph, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers a fireside chat in the Diplomatic Reception Room. President Roosevelt's fireside chats were one of the most well-remembered features of his presidency. He delivered 30 broadcasts between 1933 and 1944 and expanded the use of mass media technology to connect the president with the American public.
  • Franklin Roosevelt Broadcasting a Fireside Chat
    Harris & Ewing
    Press
    Diplomatic Reception Room
    Ground Floor
    In this black and white photograph by Harris and Ewing, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his 13th Fireside chat describing the accomplishments of the 75th Congress, progress that has been made relating to the Great Depression, and the upcoming 1938 elections. President Roosevelt's fireside chats were one of the most well-remembered features of his presidency. He delivered 30 broadcasts between 1933 and 1944 and expanded the use of mass media technology to connect the president with the American public.
  • Roosevelt Throws Out the World Series First Pitch
    Theodor Horydczak
    Sports
    Presidential Visit
    In this black and white photograph, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is throwing the ceremonial first pitch at Game Three of the World Series held at Griffith Stadium in 1933. The Series featured the New York Giants versus the Washington Senators. The Giants clinched the baseball championship, winning four games to one.
  • President Eisenhower Addresses Students from India
    Unknown
    White House Guests
    press
    Rose Garden
    In this photograph, taken on October 5, 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower addresses students visiting from India in the Rose Garden.
  • President Dwight D. Eisenhower Before Announcing Reelection Campaign
    Abbie Rowe
    press
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This photograph of President Dwight D. Eisenhower was taken by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service in the Oval Office on February 29, 1956. Eisenhower listens to instructions as he prepares to announce his run for a second term during the following televised speech.
  • President Eisenhower Signs Alaska Statehood Act
    Abbie Rowe
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    press
    bill signing
    This photograph of President Dwight D. Eisenhower signing the Alaska Statehood Act was taken on July 7, 1958 by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service in the Oval Office. House Resolution 7999 of the 85th Congress marked Alaska's entry into the United States as the forty-ninth state.
  • President Dwight D. Eisenhower Announces Bid for Second Term
    Department of State
    press
    staff
    West Wing
    In this photograph, taken outside the West Wing by the Department of State on February 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces his decision to run for a second term after seriously considering the option with his advisors. The president is on his way to the Executive Office Building for a press conference.
  • President-Elect Kennedy with Reporters Outside of the West Wing
    Abbie Rowe
    press
    This photograph by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service shows President-Elect John F. Kennedy speaking to reporters outside the West Wing.
  • JFK Addressing the Press During the Cuban Missile
    Robert L. Knudsen
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This photograph by Robert Knudsen shows President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office with reporters during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. On the date this photo was taken, October 23, 1962, U.S. Navy ships moved into place around Cuba to set up a quarantine, which Kennedy ordered with the signing of Proclamation 3504.
  • President Johnson Shows the Press the Lincoln Bedroom
    presidential press media residence
    staff
    In this photograph, taken on December 20, 1963 by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service, President Lyndon B. Johnson shows the press the Lincoln Bedroom within the White House.
  • President Kennedy at a Press Conference
    Unknown
    event
    press
    This photograph shows President John F. Kennedy giving a press conference in an auditorium at the State Department.
  • Jacqueline Kennedy's CBS White House Tour, East Room
    United States Information Agency
    East Room
    State Floor
    press
    This photograph by the United States Information Agency shows First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy with Charles Collingwood of CBS News in the East Room. Mrs. Kennedy provided a tour of the White House to Collingwood, and it was broadcasted later on February 14, 1962.
  • Tricia Nixon's Tour of the White House in the Yellow Oval Room
    James E. Russell
    First Family
    press
    Yellow Oval Room
    Second Floor
    This photograph by James E. Russell shows Tricia Nixon guiding the CBS tour to the Yellow Oval Room with reporters Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner. Nixon gave a tour of the White House as part of a segment for the news program "60 Minutes” that was broadcast on May 26, 1970.
  • CBS Television Crew and Tricia Nixon Prepare for Tour
    James E. Russell
    press
    Center Hall
    Second Floor
    This photograph by James E. Russell shows CBS television crew members preparing as Tricia Nixon's tour moves into the Center Hall. Nixon gave a tour of the White House as part of a segment for the news program "60 Minutes” that was broadcast on May 26, 1970.