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Image: Copper skillet, c. 1910.

Copper skillet, c. 1910. When this copper skillet was in use, the White House kitchen force consisted of one cook and two helpers. The pan may have been used to prepare everything from griddle cakes and parsnip fritters to caramel custard and prune pudding for the president’s table.

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Image: Electric call-button box, c. 1930.

Electric call-button box, c. 1930. The earliest communication system in the White House was a set of call bells, but by the mid-1800s, the president could summon a staff member by means of an “electric” (battery-operated) device. Wiring the White House for electricity in 1891 paved the way for simple call-button boxes such as this set.

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