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Letter from William Wingate Sewall to Theodore Roosevelt

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William Wingate Sewall sends President Roosevelt a pair of stockings knitted by his family and requests information regarding their upcoming visit to the White House. He is concerned that they are "green" as his family is from the "backwoods" and worries that they will be "beyond their depth" in Washington, D.C.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Hosiery; Knitting; Entertaining; Etiquette; Washington (D.C.); White House (Washington, D.C.)

Date: 1902-11-05

"I wonder if I am his valentine"

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Charles W. Fairbanks, as an old woman, sits in a rocking chair in front of a fireplace, holding a portrait of the "G.O.P." elephant. "Blessed Are the Pacemakers" appears on a sampler above the mantle. Fairbanks is wearing a pair of shoes labeled "Nomination Sneakers," and a basket of knitting labeled "Political Fancy Work" lies on the floor next to the chair. A cage with a bee inside is on a table labeled "Presidential Bee."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Knitting; Older people; Presidents--Elections; Republican elephant (Symbolic character); Rocking chairs; Fairbanks, Charles W. (Charles Warren), 1852-1918

Date: 1907-02-13

"I'll take care of you, Grandma"

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President William H. Taft, as a young boy, kneels on the arm of a rocking chair and leans over to put his arms around the shoulders of an elderly woman, labeled "Ultimate Consumer," who is knitting a large sock.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Consumers; Older people; Knitting; Intergenerational relations; Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930

Date: 1909-06-09

The knitting craze

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At center, an effeminate Santa Claus stands in front of a fireplace where stockings are hanging. His bag of toys is on the floor nearby. He considers taking the stockings "for the Belgians." The surrounding vignettes show scenes depicting the "knitting craze": a chess player knits while waiting for his opponent to make a move; a society woman knits while walking the dog, with a servant following her to carry the yarn on a tray; a man knits while sitting in the bathtub, the only free time he has; passengers and a conductor knit while riding on a streetcar; a boxer drops a stitch when caught off guard by the gong; and a drunkard tells his wife "No, my dear, I wash tnitting at the tlub."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: World War (1914-1918); Santa Claus; Knitting; Fads; City and town life; War and society

Date: 1914-12-26

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Meyer Lissner

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Theodore Roosevelt is sorry that Meyer Lissner and California Governor Johnson are disappointed with him but Roosevelt didn't want to interfere by offering advice. Roosevelt discusses his grandchildren and a blanket that Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt is knitting for the Governor's grandchild. Roosevelt asks if Lissner and his wife Ermine Greenwood Lissner might visit this winter. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Presidents--Family; Grandchildren; Knitting; Presidents--Attitudes; Political culture--U.S. states; California; Johnson, Hiram, 1866-1945

Date: 1915-11-06

Letter from Betty Kilral to Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt

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Betty Kilral, a student from a Girl's Latin School in Boston, writes to Edith Roosevelt that her Latin teacher told her of a friend who taught Quentin Roosevelt to knit while on train from New Hampshire to Boston.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Knitting; Roosevelt, Quentin, 1897-1918

Date: 1932-07-18

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