THE PRESIDENCY: The Coolidge Week: Feb. 25, 1929

¶The clean aromatic smell of raw pine wood spread through the White House. Excelsior littered the floors. Busy workmen in overalls came and went. Mrs. Coolidge was packing. Into 150 new boxes, crates and barrels under her careful eye went objets d'art, china, books, whittling knives, stag antlers, desk sets, etc. etc.— symbols of a people's free-handed affection for their President. Eight Coolidge trunks entered the White House in 1923; 16 trunks will go back to Northampton, Mass., not to mention all the barrels, boxes, crates. "It is," President Coolidge remarked, "easier...

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