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White House in 1867

White House in 1867

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Library of Congress

White House in 1867

Creator: Kerston & Fordham, 1867.

Under the care of President Johnson's daughter, Martha, the White House was thoroughly cleaned. The house needed repairs badly. Cracked walls, sagging floors, and caving ceilings were unsafe. To save money in the redecorating process, carpets and curtains from the State Rooms were snipped, reassembled, and reused in the smaller family rooms. During receptions most of the furniture was removed from the rooms and the carpets were covered in order to reduce damage. Servants were assigned to watch and make sure objects were not taken from the White House as "souvenirs."

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