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Taft speaking at Springfield, Mass.

[probably 1912 April 25]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from negative.
Photo shows President William H. Taft giving a speech. Probably the same speech described in the New York Times, April 26, 1912, though Taft visited Springfield in 1909, too. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008, and Library staff)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Springfield, Mass.

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.11216

Call Number: LC-B2- 2485-11

Tate Nations, Zachary R, and 46 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. matt21cdog 107 months ago | reply

    Wish candidates wore these frock coats again! Especially in the summer.

  2. budderflyman 107 months ago | reply

    It didn't help Taft too much, Matt.

  3. rockcreek 107 months ago | reply

    Searching in the NY Times, it looks like Taft only spoke formally once in Springfield during the 1910s, the week of 4/25/1912 (see "Taft Opens Fire on Roosevelt", on the front page of the 4/26/12 paper).

  4. Spencer Black 107 months ago | reply

    I want a stash like that.

  5. phantom kitty 107 months ago | reply

    shooting from below makes your subject look heavy...

  6. Ken Zirkel 107 months ago | reply

    Taft was heavy.

  7. captainslack 107 months ago | reply

    Taft would look heavy no matter what angle you shot him from!

  8. Richie Giordano 107 months ago | reply

    I once read he had a train stopped at a station to pick him up. The conductor was told of a "large party" ahead. After he boarded, he told the conductor to proceed, stating "I am the large party".

  9. apolonia85 107 months ago | reply

    ha ha ha, good ol big bill! i bet he wasn't that big compared to americans now.

  10. kittenry 107 months ago | reply

    i've become a great admirer of taft. this image was a welcome revelation. here is my own artistic rendering.

    gentleman, scholar, statesman

  11. budderflyman 107 months ago | reply

    Taft got stuck in the bathtub in the Whitehouse. That is how big he was, over 300 pounds at one point. However, I think he had more sense than his grandson Bob Taft who was recently Gov of Ohio and who took illegal money and gifts from Tom Noe.

  12. billy_pilgrim 107 months ago | reply

    Bob Taft, governor of Ohio, is William Howard Taft's great-grandson. He is the son of Senator Robert Taft who was the son of Robert Alphonso Taft, President Taft's son.

  13. The Library of Congress 106 months ago | reply

    Rockcreek: Thanks for your information about the 1912 date of Taft’s speech. It looks like you are probably correct. We'll add the information to the source data and reload the description.

  14. BayRoadPhoto/Laura 48 months ago | reply

    This was Dec. 8, 1913 -- he was in the city dedicating the Campanile Tower and associated buildings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springfield_Municipal_Group

  15. Ryan (LOC P&P) 48 months ago | reply

    BayRoadPhoto/Laura: Was he speaking from the Campanile Tower in this photo do you think? A photo of that structure would help to confirm it. Definitely not the front of the Symphany Hall as depicted in the wikipedia entry.

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