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President Taft “National Geographic” Article on Washington, D.C., and 5 News Photos from His Funeral.













      
Lot 775. President Taft “National Geographic” Article on Washington, D.C., and 5 News Photos from His Funeral. William Howard Taft served as President of the U.S. from 1909-13 and as the country’s 10th Chief Justice from 1921-30. Between these roles, Taft published a 71-page article in “National Geographic’s” March 1915 issue titled “Washington: Its Beginning, Its Growth and Its Future.” As part of the article, Taft discusses political and financial issues in the development or Washington and offers his opinions. Photos and illustrations extensively support the article, including two three-page maps, one of which is loose, and 31 pages of color photos, each with a detailed description. The article is simply bound in white covers with the title and the President’s name typed in red on the front and back. Ex. President Taft passed away on March 8, 1930. Five different 8” x 10” news photos, including two from the Pacific & Atlantic Photos news service, provide images from his funeral. Four of these photos are prints from the time of the funeral. Two photos show a horse-drawn caisson, accompanied by a military guard of honor, transporting his casket to the Capitol to lie in state. One photo is ex with newspaper editing marks. The second photo likely is a post-1930 print. Two photos, one at a distance and one close-up, show the casket being carried up the Capitol steps. The distant shot, which has many people standing in the rain in front of the Capitol, has a chipped lower right corner and two punch holes along the right edge and several light-to-moderate creases. The close-up, from P. & A. Photo, is missing a 3 ½” x 2” section from the upper right corner and has several tears and moderate creases. The fifth photo, also from P. & A. Photo, shows political and diplomatic notables at President Taft’s gravesite in Arlington Cemetery. At the center of the photo are President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover. This photo is vg-ex. Minimum Bid $15.    


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