Presidents' days in Boston

Teddy Roosevelt at Boston City Hall, 1912.

Teddy Roosevelt at Boston City Hall

Leslie Jones had a long career as a news photographer. Among other things, he took photos of presidents from Roosevelt to Kennedy. On this Presidents Day, here are some of his photos.

William Howard Taft at Harvard Stadium:


President Wilson and then Gov. Coolidge:

Wilson and Coolidge

President Hoover at the Parkman Bandstand:


FDR and Mayor Curley in 1934:


President Truman campaigning in an open car with Mayor Curley:


President Eisenhower on the Esplanade:


Future President Kennedy with Gov. Paul Dever and Cardinal Richard Cushing at Dever's birthday party in 1957:


Future President Nixon and wife Pat in a motorcade by the Common in 1952:


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I always assumed Leslie Jones was a woman.

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And to think

That photo of Jones with the banana shows one of his smaller cameras. The big one in his right hand in this other photo is an absolute monster (a Fairchild K-20 aerial recon camera). I know from personal experience that the lens alone weighs in at about 8lbs, and is slightly radioactive (the glass was dosed with thorium to improve sharpness).

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name gender shift

"Leslie" is one of those names that has gender-shifted from default-male to default-female over the last few decades, as names sometimes do. It's almost universally a woman's/girl's name these days but other famous male Leslies have included actor Leslie Nielsen (Airplane!, Police Squad) and Lt. Gen. Leslie R. Groves, who headed up the Manhattan Project. The swap appears to have occurred around the 1930s-1940s. Both Nielsen and Groves were born prior to 1930 (1926 and 1896, respectively).

Oddly, I can't think of any names that have shifted from default-female to default-male--it's apparently always a male->female change that happens. "Carroll/Caryl/Carol", "Ashley", "Madison", "Taylor", "Aubrey". "Kennedy" enjoyed brief popularity as a boys' name in the 1950s-early 60s before being reborn as a girls' name in the 1980s. (I was going to blame the MTV VJ for that one--name popularity often tracks pop culture and celebrities--but she became a VJ in 1992 according to Wikipedia, postdating the popularity of it for girl-babies by a good bit.)

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Leslie = male

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Lesley = female

Kind of the Francis/Frances problem.

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President Taft

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Also laid the cornerstone for the Central/ Huntington Ave YMCA building near Northeastern when it was first unde construction. I wonder if this was the same trip?

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Now there was a president. Those were the days.

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