Iconic presidential photos from the year you were born
Historic moments pepper each year of American history. From historic legislation and technological breakthroughs to war and natural disasters, no year is without its share of highs and lows. Our nation’s leaders are tasked with facilitating some of these historic moments, negotiating for a more peaceful world, and providing relief during times of crisis.
Photographs of American presidents capture some of these consequential moments for all time and serve as a lightning rod to memories of some of the country’s most defining, tender, stoic, and even silly moments.
Stacker rounded up one iconic presidential photo from each of the last 100 years. From inspecting fight planes to posing with Elvis Presley, keep reading to see which you remember from history class—and which historic moments you lived through.
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1921: Women ask president for equal rights legislation
Fifty prominent members of the New National Woman's Party congregate at the White House on April 6, 1921, to ask for President Warren G. Harding’s aid in passing an equal rights bill in the next Congress. The bill would give women full equality in the government.
1922: President Warren G. Harding cuts a record
President Warren G. Harding records with a sound-catching megaphone attached to a gramophone recording machine in 1922.
1923: President Harding and Babe Ruth shake hands
President Warren G. Harding shakes hands with New York Yankee player Babe Ruth during an April 4, 1923, visit to Yankee Stadium.
1924: Coolidge inspects world flight plane
President Calvin Coolidge inspects a world flight plane at Bolling Field in Washington D.C. on Sept. 9, 1924.
1925: Indian Delegation invites Coolidge to Northwest Indian Congress
A delegation of Indigenous tribal leaders gathers at the White House in Washington D.C. on Oct. 23, 1925.
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1926: President and Mrs. Coolidge with Andrew Mellon
President Calvin Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge with Andrew Mellon and others on the White House lawn in 1926.
1927: Chief Leading Eagle
President Calvin Coolidge, named Chief Leading Eagle by Sioux members in 1927.
1928: Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover
President Calvin Coolidge with President Herbert Hoover in 1928.
1929: President and Mrs. Hoover at World Series
President Herbert Hoover and First Lady Lou watch a World Series baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Athletics in Chicago on Oct. 1, 1929.
1930: Herbert Hoover signing unemployment relief bill
President Hoover is shown at his desk in the White House on Dec. 20, 1930, signing the bills passed by Congress authorizing appropriation of $45 million for loans to farmers in drought-stricken areas and a bill appropriating $116 million for emergency construction. These funds were designed to bring relief to the unemployed. This is the first photo taken of President Hoover in the White House, and captures the first telephone to sit on the desk of a president.2018 All rights reserved.