Daily life among the lawmakers was perennially interesting to the nation’s readers. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and the other journals often published articles that amounted to travelogues of the city. In this 1881 print, such an essay was illustrated with scenes of writing cards for country visitors to hand to their Representatives, the Senate’s refreshment room, a family of visitors eating a picnic lunch, women lobbying Members of Congress, and the crowded telegraph office in the House.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Washington, D.C. -- Incidents of Life at the National Capital During a Session of Congress,” http://history.house.gov/Collection/Detail
(January 19, 2018)
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