On opening day of the 80th Congress, Members and spectators packed the House Chamber. Joseph Mansfield and Robert Crosser (pictured at the lower edge of the photograph), two Representatives who used wheelchairs, faced each other in the well of the House. Mansfield served in Congress from 1917 to 1947. After being paralyzed in 1922, he navigated the Capitol by wheelchair for 25 years. Crosser also traveled through the House by wheelchair for two decades. The House Chamber did not have special seating for Members with disabilities at the time, so Members in wheelchairs frequently sat in the wide aisles near the rostrum.