Friday, April 6, 2018

A U.S. Secretary of War … having tea

While perusing the digital images of the Library of Congress, I've come upon quite a few scenes of women having tea, but I haven't found that many images of men having tea, much less men who happen to be the Secretary of War! Here's the caption on this circa 1918 photo: The Secretary of War, Newton D. Baker inspects Red Cross activities at the American hospital in Dartford, near London. Sunday afternoon "tea" at the hospital is a regular function, not only for the patients, but also for the staff. Mr. Baker and the Commanding Officer of the hospital, Major E.H. Fiske of Brooklyn, have their tea on the doorstep of the Administration building.

I believe Secretary Baker is on the right and Major Fiske is at left.

This image was a gift from the American Red Cross, and I'm grateful they gave photos like this one so that we could all enjoy them and learn from them!


  1. I love that photo! I wonder if any of the American soldiers who were patients at that hospital developed a lifelong love of afternoon tea as a result of their stay there?-
    --from Vernona in DC

  2. What a fun find. Wondering if people in government today could be found with a teacup in their hands like these photos? Ha!


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