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  • Apple Tree, South Lawn
    Underwood & Underwood
    South Grounds
    This photograph of an apple tree was taken by Underwood & Underwood between 1910 and 1930. This apple tree produced three varieties of apples annually for eighty years. It was likely a gift of Andrew Jackson Downing, who proposed a plan for the gardens that prioritized trees. He wanted to cultivate every tree that could grow in the Washington, D.C. climate so that the arboretum might become a public museum dedicated trees, bushes, and shrubbery.
  • Girl Scout Margaret Lusby presents roses to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the National Tree Lighting
    Underwood & Underwood
    Christmas
    winter holidays
    National Christmas Tree lighting
    First Family
    In this black and white photograph, Girl Scout Margaret Lusby presents roses to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the National Tree Lighting on December 24,1933. The first lady of the country has served as the honorary National President of the Girl Scouts ever since Edith Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson, began the tradition in 1917. Accompanying Mrs. Roosevelt are President Roosevelt and their granddaughter, “Sistie” (Anna Eleanor) Dall.
  • President and Mrs. Warren G. Harding
    Underwood & Underwood
    presidential visits
    In this black and white photograph, President Warren G. Harding and First Lady Florence Kling Harding are making a public appearance at an unknown location in 1921.
  • Lou Henry Hoover
    Underwood & Underwood
    pets
    Rose Garden
    This photograph by Underwood & Underwood shows First Lady Lou Henry Hoover standing under the arched entrance to the West Garden with her dog, King Tut. The West Garden, which would later become the White House Rose Garden during the John F. Kennedy administration, was designed by landscape architect George Burnap under the efforts of First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson, President Woodrow Wilson's first wife. The South Portico of the Executive Mansion is visible behind Mrs. Hoover.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt by the White House Staircase
    Underwood & Underwood
    Portrait
    State Floor
    Grand Staircase
    This black and white photograph, taken by Underwood & Underwood, shows First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the base of the Grand Staircase on the State Floor of the White House. The inscription at the bottom reads “To Ambassador Jos. Daniels. With the affectionate regard of, Eleanor Roosevelt.”
  • Garden Party
    Underwood & Underwood
    event
    White House Guests
    South Lawn
    This stereograph shows a garden party held on the White House South Lawn. First Lady Edith Roosevelt introduced garden parties to the White House and others in Washington society followed suit.
  • William McKinley's Coffin in State in the East Room
    Underwood & Underwood
    funeral
    East Room
    State Floor
    This is a stereograph of the President William McKinley lying in state in the East Room in September 1901. McKinley was assassinated while attending the Buffalo Pan-American Exhibition and died on September 14th. His casket was moved by train back to Washington, D.C. and lay in state in the East Room, then in the Capitol building before it was taken back to Canton, Ohio for burial. Underwood and Underwood was a company founded by the Underwood brothers, Elmer and Bert, and known being one of the largest publishers and distributors of stereographs.
  • Herbert Hoover Presenting Medal to Amelia Earhart
    Underwood & Underwood
    award
    medal
    Head of State
    White House Guests
    In this photograph, President Herbert Hoover presents the gold Medal of the National Geographic Society to Amelia Earhart on June 21, 1932. Amelia Earhart was honored for being the first woman to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic. Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor of the National Geographic Society stands on Hoover's right; First Lady Lou Henry Hoover stands on Earhart's left.
  • Theodore Roosevelt's Dinner Honoring Prince Henry of Prussia, in the East Room, Washington, D.C.
    Underwood & Underwood
    East Room
    State Dinner
    State Floor
    This image depicts the East Room of the White House decorated for a dinner honoring Prince Henry of Prussia on February 24, 1902 during the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt. Decorations included smilax festoons, white and pink azaleas, ferns, and palms. Red, white, and blue lights decorated the room, and the East Room’s chandeliers were draped in vines for a dinner referred to as “the crowning event” of Prince Henry’s 1902 visit to Washington, D.C.
  • Prince of Wales Room 1882
    Underwood & Underwood
    President's Dining Room
    Second Floor
    stereograph
    This stereograph of the old State Bedroom, or President's Bedroom, was taken after 1882 by publisher J.F. Jarvis and was distributed by Underwood & Underwood. The grand "Lincoln" bed visible in this image was placed in the room in 1861 by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Since the Kennedy administration, this room has been known as the President's Dining Room and is the primary dining room for the First Family. It is located on the Second Floor of the Executive Mansion in the northwest corner.
  • The White House, the Historic Residence of the Nation's Chief - North Front - Washington, D.C.
    Underwood & Underwood
    White House
    north view
    This stereographic view of the North Grounds of the White House by Underwood & Underwood shows the grounds, the fountain, the White House, and people standing on the lawn. It was taken during Theodore Roosevelt's presidency (1901-1909).
  • Akron, World's Largest Dirigible, Pays First Call on Capital
    Underwood & Underwood
    west view
    This black and white photograph shows the U.S.S. Akron flying above the White House. The Akron, a U.S. Navy helium-filled airship that also carried reconnaissance aircraft, was the largest dirigible in the world at the time, and was christened on August 8, 1931 by First Lady Lou Henry Hoover. The ship was only in service for two years before it was destroyed in a storm on April 3, 1933 that killed 73 members of the 76-man crew.