U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Charles Lindbergh and Evangeline Lindbergh (and… Calvin Coolidge?)

Famous flyer Charles Lindbergh (center left, in fedora) and his mother, Evangeline, leave the Washington Club in Washington, D.C. on June 12, 1927. The man in the top hat at the car door is said by the Library of Congress to be President Calvin Coolidge, although it doesn't look exactly like him. To be honest, Lindbergh looks as much like gangster John Dillinger as the smiling guy in the top hat looks like President Coolidge. Still, we'll take the venerable Library's word for it, of course. Maybe we're just not used to seeing Calvin Coolidge smile.

The event was honoring Charles Lindbergh, who had just become the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Evangeline Lindbergh was a high school teacher. President Coolidge and his wife were temporarily living in the Washington Club while repairs were made to the White House.

This image is from the National Photo Company collection at the U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (code LC-USZ62-111700).

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