Facial Hair Friday: Two names and almost two beards

Today's featured facial hair is a fan find! Thank you to Paul H. for alerting us to this wonderful forked beard. In fact, this beard really looks like there's enough hair to be two beards. Perhaps Colonel Strother had a beard for each of his names? Before his stint in the Army during the Civil War, David Hunter … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Two names and almost two beards

Facial Hair Friday: Elvis has NOT left the building

Are these the most famous sideburns in music history? They might be the most famous sideburns in the National Archives. If you are a fan of Elvis, you've seen the photograph: Nixon and Elvis shaking hands in the White House. This is the most-requested image in our holdings. The quirky story behind the meeting of the King … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Elvis has NOT left the building

Facial Hair Friday: Rising above party politics

Today in 1886, former President Chester A. Arthur died from complications from Bright's disease. He had not been relected for second term, and he had left office in 1884. He died in New York City, just 56 years old. Although he sported the facial hair style of the time, Arthur was an unlikely President. He … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Rising above party politics

Say cheese, Mr. President: White House photographers at the Truman Library

Only 43 men in the history of the United States have held the title of President. That's a fairly small group , smaller than your average NFL team. But smaller still is the group of professionals who have held the title as the President's chief photographer. To date, only nine men have served as the official White … Continue reading Say cheese, Mr. President: White House photographers at the Truman Library

What’s Cooking Wednesdays: A dozen dont’s of gardening

Feeling the urge to plant a vegetable garden?  During World War I and World War II, citizens were encouraged to plant victory gardens as part of the war effort so that more food could be sent overseas to the troops. Even the White House had a Victory Garden at the urging of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Because many … Continue reading What’s Cooking Wednesdays: A dozen dont’s of gardening

Friday Facial Hair: It’s Date Night!

Earlier today, I was searching for images with "bicycles" to create a Facebook album after being inspired by the commuters of DC, who took to the streets on their bikes to celebrate DC Bike to Work Day. I was thrilled to see this image, which is not only a fine example of a nineteenth-century velocipede, … Continue reading Friday Facial Hair: It’s Date Night!

Pennsylvania Avenue Hotline

Today's guest post comes from David Coleman,  associate professor at the University of Virginia and Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. On April 28, W.W. Norton will publish volumes 7 and 8 in the Miller Center's Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson series. (The original tapes are in … Continue reading Pennsylvania Avenue Hotline

An Egg-centric White House Tradition

Today's an eggs-ellent day in Washington, DC, for young people! It's the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, where hundreds of children gather to roll eggs and play games on the South Lawn of the President's House. But the tradition did not start at the White House. It began on the lawns and terraces of the … Continue reading An Egg-centric White House Tradition

Green Bay Packer, Detroit Lion, or US President?

Today's post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. These days, the average NFL player receives about $1.2 million a year, not a bad paycheck for throwing around the old pigskin. After all, that's three times what the President makes (though he does get free limo rides), and plenty … Continue reading Green Bay Packer, Detroit Lion, or US President?

Soccer fans, do you know who this player is?

Today's post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. We've all seen the photo of when Nixon met Elvis, but the King wasn't the only celebrity President Nixon brushed shoulders with. Can you identify the famous soccer player in this picture?  Enter your guess below and then click on … Continue reading Soccer fans, do you know who this player is?