Photo of U.S. House of Representatives When Laws Were Once Passed

This photo shows the old United States House of Representatives in a time when laws were passed, senators would verbally spar on the floor, and spend the evening socializing over whiskey and cigars. The good old days.

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House Chamber of the Capitol circa 1908, with a quorum of ghosts in this time exposure.
House Chamber of the Capitol circa 1908, with a quorum of ghosts in this time exposure.

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  • Publius Washingtoniensis

    Dear Ghosts, Your caption is right but the introductory text is wrong: the photo above is of the House of Representatives’ Chamber. The portraits of Lafayette and Washington are a dead give-away, not to mention the hundreds of miniature desks: the Senate in 1908 had only 92 members. The skylight was was replaced when the chamber was renovated in 1949-1950, which may have been the same time the desks were replaced by rows of connected chairs.