Inauguration crowd, Union Station (LOC)

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Inauguration crowd, Union Station

1913 March 3.

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title and date from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photo shows large crowd gathered in front of Union Station in Washington, D.C., for the arrival of Woodrow Wilson for his inauguration as president on March 4th. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

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Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2506-2


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 28/Jun/2008 08:25:48

    The caption says "3/3/13", not "3/3/13". Wilson's 1st inauguration was 4 March 1913.

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    The Library of Congress

    • 02/Jul/2008 13:25:56

    Thanks for the catch! We'll fix the title in the source data and reload the description.

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    Rob Ketcherside

    • 05/Jan/2009 19:41:26

    I think the caption is a bit misleading. As @cotinis mentioned, the inauguration was on the 4th, pictured here. The crowds on March 3rd were watching the spectacle of the Suffrage Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, pictured here. I think this crowd is welcoming the president elect to DC. Here's a quote from Jailed For Freedom, 1920, p.21.

    "Where are the people?" This was Woodrow Wilson's first question as he arrived at the Union Station in Washington the day before his first inauguration to the Presidency in March, 1913. "On the Avenue watching the suffragists parade," came the answer.

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    The Library of Congress

    • 06/Jan/2009 22:10:53

    roketpad: Thanks for the information. We will update the information and reload the description.

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    Rob Ketcherside

    • 09/Jan/2009 14:57:31

    It would be perfect if Wilson arrived while the parade was in progress (not sure on timing). Also, I'm guessing the crowd is looking at the car he's getting into... are they looking towards Pennsylvania Avenue?

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    Rob Ketcherside

    • 13/Jan/2009 18:19:56

    This photo is taken near the southeast corner of Union Station, looking west. One of the columns across the front entrance on Massachusetts Avenue is visible on the right. The monument visible on the left is in the park fronting the station and is aligned at center with the building. This could be taken as a pivot from a photo of Wilson apparently exiting Union Station. Question I have for this photo: where's the president elect? In one of the cars? In a car looping around the crowd? In the streetcar?

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    Melinda Young Stuart

    • 04/Jan/2014 18:47:30 Thank you for all this wonderful info!!