Perspectives from the Archives: Past and Present Preserved


Wondering how to decorate your table this holiday season? What about this?

Taft table decoration

This unusual item is part of the Notarianni Political Collection of presidential campaign memorabilia. Called “a flounce,” this stocking leg was the center piece at President William Howard Taft’s table during his inaugural banquet in 1909. Hmm, you say, a bit sexist. Not a problem in 1909.

It took eleven more years until the 19th Amendment was ratified and women could celebrate an inauguration in which they had voted.

The Archives and Special Collections wishes you joy for your own holiday celebrations.

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