Faces & Places of Yesterday, Guest Posts / 04.10.2012

For this last post, let us turn to the December 2, 1936 copy of the Washington Post. In this article, we observe a great tongue-in-cheek opening line (a nod to various failed multilateral trade initiatives, notably the 1933 London World Economic Conference): “The State Department last night refused to make a reciprocal trade agreement with Cupid.” On President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s instructions, the State Department announced that diplomats in the foreign service had to get permission from the Department to marry foreigners. A study ostensibly conducted by State noted that...

Faces & Places of Yesterday, From the Crazy Vault / 23.07.2012

That football bet story, uncovered in the last post, about Marjorie Morris is too good not to look into, and sure enough, there's an article about it titled "Hilltop Football Victory Wins Bride for Student." Below is the Washington Post article from November 21st, 1928. When Georgetown's football team downed the University of West Virginia Saturday, it rang the wedding bells for Marjorie L. Morris, 20 years old, of 26 Grafton street, Chevy Chase, Md., and F Stanley Nishwitz,...

Notable People & Places, This Day in History / 06.01.2012

The Baltimore Sun on January 6th, 1887 has a notice of the Waller-Stuart wedding, which happened the day prior in Staunton, VA. This of course is notable because Miss Virginia Pelham Stuart was the daughter of the J.E.B. Stuart. We all know him as the guy that participated in the capture of John Brown and his raiders in Harpers Ferry, a graduate of West Point and the famous Confederate general, who partially contributed to their defeat in the Battle of Gettysburg.
This Day in History / 06.01.2012

An interesting society section article in the Washington Post from January 5th, 1912 (I know I'm a day late. I started this last night and set it to post today) mentions that President William Howard Taft -- the heaviest president we've ever had the pleasure of electing -- had dinner the night before at his Secretary of State's home. Secretary Philander C. Knox and his wife hosted the first couple in the annual winter dinner of cabinet officers, honoring the President and Mrs. Taft (clearly not a tradition that survived across administrations). Below is the excerpt from the Post.
The President and Mrs. Taft were guests at dinner last night of the Secretary of State and Mrs. Knox at their home on K street. The dinner was the first in the series given every winter by cabinet officers in honor of the President and Mrs. Taft. The home of the Secretary and Mrs. Knox, which is one of the handsomest official residences in Washington, was decorated last night with orchids. The other guests were the British Ambassador and Mrs. Bryce, the German Ambassador and Countess von Bernstorff, the Italian Ambassador and Marchioness Cusani, the Russian Ambassador and Mme. Bakhmeteff, Mr. Justice McKenna and Mrs. McKenna, Senator and Mrs. Warren, Senator and Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Garrison McClintock, Mr. Horace Taft, and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh S. Knox.
That is an impressive guest list. I'd love to be a fly on the wall at that dinner. I added photos of some of the guests below.