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President Taft 1909 - 1913

President Taft's use of a White Steam Car is well documented. This page provides some delightful ephemera surrounding Taft's inauguration and White's capitalization on the event to market the White Steamer.

White Steam Car, President Roosevelt, From Floyd Clymer's Steam Car Scrapbook, page 73.  Souce: The White Company

President Teddy Roosevelt, who preceded Taft, rode in a White Steam Car before President Taft. This image, reproduced from Floyd Clymer's Steam Car Book (page 73), was supplied by the White Company.

White Steam Car, President Taft, 1908 - 1909 Card

The White Company made much of its car being used by President Taft. This image was widely used on blotters and postcards. This early version shows the President Elect, taken before Taft's inauguration on March 4, 1909. This is a card, not a post card. Note the background has been obliteratated. Later uses of this image show the background.

White Steam Car, President Taft Inauguraion, Blotter

This advertising blotter shows "President Taft in his White Steamer." It is the same image shown above labeled "President Elect" and the post card images below. It was most likely an advertising piece for local dealers. Its background differs from both the card above and the post cards below.

White Steam Car, Taft Inauguration Postcard, March 8, 1909 Front White Steam Car, Taft Inauguration Postcard, March 8, 1909 . Reverse

This card is a Souvenir of the Inauguration of President Taft, postmarked March 8, 1909, four days after the inauguration. Its reverse includes a list of activities. It would interesting to know where this image was created.

White Steam Car, Taft Inauguration Postcard, March 4, 1909  Front White Steam Car, Taft Inauguration Postcard, March 4, 1909 , Reverse

This postally unused White Steamer postcard lacks the Souvenir of the Inauguration of President Taft inscription, but uses the same image. It may have been used later, after the Inauguration.

White Steam Car, Taft Inauguration Postcard, March 23, 1909, Pottstown, PA Dealer Front White Steam Car, Taft Inauguration Postcard, March 23, 1909, Pottstown, PA Dealer Reverse

J. W. Evans & Company, sales agents for the White Steam Car in Pottstown, PA, used the Taft inauguration post card to promote the White to its buyers. This card is postmarked March 23, 1909, shortly after the inauguration. Compare its background with the blotter and card above.

White Steam Car, President Taft, Stetson Estate, Chicago, ca: 1910, Front White Steam Car, President Taft, Stetson Estate, Chicago, ca: 1910, Reverse

"President Taft and His Party Taking a Ride ALong the NOrth Shore in his Famous 'White Steamer.'" This is presumably the North Shore of Chicago.

For more information, see: William Howard Taft and the First Motoring Presidency, 1909-1913, by Michael L. Bromley, 2003, ISBN 07864 14758.Hardbound, 447 pages, 7 by 10 inches, 86 photographs. Published by McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson, NC 28640, 18002532187, www.mcfarlandpub.com. $49.95 (plus $4.00 shipping).

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