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Image: White House doormen, 1889-93.
Image: Setting the table in the Family Dining Room, 1890s.
White House doormen, 1889-93.

In the 1890s, when this photograph was taken at the North Portico, White House doorkeepers were responsible not only for meeting the arrival of carts and carriages, but also for directing maids and footmen. Many doorkeepers were former police officers.

Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston | Library of Congress


Setting the table in the Family Dining Room, 1890s.

A housemaid, her dress covered with a crisp white apron, sets the table in the White House’s private dining room. The high chair was for Esther Cleveland, born at the White House in 1893.

Harper’s New Monthly Magazine



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