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The Working White House: Tip Envelope - Photo 1

The Working White House: Tip Envelope - Photo 1

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Lent by Mayland Fields

The Working White House: Tip Envelope - Photo 1

Tip envelope, c. 1948. It was a longstanding White House tradition for workers to receive a gratuity from the first family at Christmas. Alonzo Fields recalled that President and Mrs. Hoover would give each employee “an autographed picture and an envelope with a crisp new $5 bill for servants of the lower bracket, and larger amounts for those of the higher brackets.” The size of the tip President Truman presented to Fields in this envelope is not known.

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