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Photo 2: The Taft boys.

[Graphic] Photo 2 with link to higher quality photo. (William Howard Taft National Historic Site, National Park Service))

Photo 2 shows the Taft boys and their pony by the family's barn. William Howard is holding the reins.

Questions for Photo 2

1. Since you know that William Howard is the one holding the reins in the photo, refer to the census data in Document 1 to figure out which of his siblings are also in the photo. On what did you base your answers?

2. In approximately what year do you think this photo was taken? On what did you base your answer?

3. Does this photograph seem posed? Why or why not? What influence would the primitive type of photography available in those days have had on the type of poses and expressions in the photograph?

* The image on the screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high resolution version of Photo 2 but be aware that each will take about 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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