Whereas: Stories from the People’s House

Recent Artifacts Online, Fall 2021

All year, newly digitized artifacts join the thousands already available online. Take a look at a few added this autumn, and browse more of the House’s most eye-catching and recognizable objects at Collections Search.

Barbara Charline Jordan, Ebony Magazine Cover

Barbara Charline Jordan, Ebony Magazine Cover/tiles/non-collection/1/12-7-collections-fall-jordan_2017_025_000.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
At the start of the 94th Congress (1975–1977), Texas Congresswoman Barbara Charline Jordan joined the influential House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. This appointment helped Ebony magazine declare that Jordan was “indeed a new power on Capitol Hill” in this February 1975 issue.

Washington Scenes Trade Card

Washington Scenes Trade Card/tiles/non-collection/1/12-7-collections-fall-tradecard_2017_101_000.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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An impeccably dressed woman stands in front of the Capitol in this French advertisement for egg noodles and macaroni. Before the rise of color advertisements in magazines, trade cards like this one peddled all sorts of products, including pasta. Popular around the turn of the 20th century, trade cards usually included colorful images and short promotional text. This trade card was one in a collectable series of 48 subjects from around the world.

Elevation and Floor Plan of the Capitol

Elevation and Floor Plan of the Capitol/tiles/non-collection/1/12-7-collections-fall-elevation_2020_029_000a.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
A rendering of the East Front and floor plan of the U.S. Capitol joined the mix of plants, animals, and natural and man-made wonders within Friedrich Justin Bertuch’s 12-volume series, Bilderbuch für Kinder. Published between 1792 and 1830, the books strived to create a feeling of discovery in readers. With little description, the volumes focused on the images.

House Restaurant Teacup

House Restaurant Teacup/tiles/non-collection/1/12-7-collections-fall-teacup_2019_123_001.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
In 1900, the House Restaurant used durable cups and saucers from the Onondaga Pottery Company. The company produced Syracuse China, a type of vitreous dishware named for the location of the factory in New York. The vignette of the Capitol with a ribbon reading “House of Representatives” demonstrates one of the company’s innovations: Onondaga Pottery was the first U.S. manufacturer of china to have an in-house lithographic department, which efficiently produced custom-decorated dishware.

Post-Haste. Let This Be the Fastest (Male) Mail on Record.

Post-Haste. Let This Be the Fastest (Male) Mail on Record./tiles/non-collection/1/12-7-collections-fall-mail_2017_002_002.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
Harper’s Weekly shows Postmaster General Marshall Jewell, his hat smoking like a postal delivery train’s chimney. He bears a petition to Congress against higher mail rates. In 1875, Congress changed the rates for periodicals to two cents per pound for weeklies, to be prepaid by publishers. Previously, postage was paid quarterly or annually, and frequently ignored by postmasters. The subtitle “Let this be the fastest (male) mail on record” refers to the “fast mails” that delivered mail from Chicago to New York in 24 hours. The cheering crowd and Uncle Sam’s encouraging flag, as well as the petition’s pronouncement that “We the People” object, all underscore the popularity of the previous rate.

Can’t get enough of the newest artifacts online? Here are a few more:

Shirley Chisholm Portrait Sketch/tiles/non-collection/1/12-7-collections-fall-chisholm_sketch_2017_053_008.xml
“Armed Freedom” Postcard/tiles/non-collection/1/12-7-collections-fall-freedom_2016_213_000.xml
John Bayard Anderson Lapel Pin/tiles/non-collection/1/12-7-collections-fall-anderson_2007_265_009.xml
Edith Nourse Rogers/tiles/non-collection/1/12-7-collections-fall-rogers_2021_013_005.xml
Not a Fire—Just a Bath for the Capitol/tiles/non-collection/1/12-7-collections-fall-washing_PA2018_11_0010.xml
Shirley Chisholm Portrait Sketch
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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“Armed Freedom” Postcard
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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John Bayard Anderson Lapel Pin
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Edith Nourse Rogers
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Not a Fire—Just a Bath for the Capitol
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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