Title: Sheep in front of the White House
Description: Even the White House changed with the onset of World War I. Sheep were brought to graze in the White House lawns in order to save the manpower required to mow the expansive grounds. Wool from the sheep was sold as a fundraiser for the Red Cross. Tours and receptions ceased, and all packages were thoroughly inspected before going into the house. The rationing program was observed. President and Mrs. Wilson had “wheatless Mondays” and “meatless Tuesdays.” Some days they rode in a carriage instead of an automobile to save fuel. Compared to the Spanish American War, most of the war planning activities occurred in the Executive Offices Building west of the White House.
Creator: National Photo Company Collection, Washington
Credit: Library of Congress