Monday, August 3, 2009

Grace Coolidge

Today we feature a picture of Grace Coolidge, one of my favorite First Ladies. The picture was taken in 1927 at the White House Easter Roll. Grace is pictured with her pet raccoon, which she had at the White House.

12 comments:

  1. We had one back in the 50"s. They are a very smart and clean animal. The one we had would take his food into the bathroom and turn on the bathtub tap and wash his food. We would play dirty tricks on him by giving him hard bread. When he turned on the tap and rub his food to clean it, the bread would dissolve and disappear. He would look and look in the tub for the food, but it had washed away. Now that I am older, I realize how mean of trick it was.
    R

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  2. omg that is just tooooooo funny raccoons actually kinda scare me i wonder if they really would make decent pets---i dont think so!

    xoxo
    Le Vintage

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  3. She looks so easy going and genuine. I suppose there were not so many people to judge every little thing back then.

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  4. Nothing funnier than feeding a raccoon loooong pieces of spaghetti.

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  5. And raccoons purr, just like cats! I'll never forget my shock at learning that. I was helping a friend bottle feed some orphaned baby raccoons. The little guy was going to town slurping from the bottle, and he started purring! I nearly dropped him!

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  6. Great old picture of the day... I thoroughly enjoyed it, just like Stephen Dent would and his photos website.

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  7. You have to get them when they are babies. They are so funny when they chitter. The one we had would tease my mother all the time. He would act like he was going to tear up her house plant by reaching into the pot. Them she would yell at him and he would pull his paw back, then reach in again util she would yell at him again. This would go on for a good 10 minutes, or until one of them got tired of the game. He never did hurt the house plant. You can not get one that has been wild and make a pet out of it.
    R

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  8. My cat also threatens to eat my plants if she doesn’t get the superdelux food she prefers. Only she actually start eating the plants, even if they are fake…

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  9. Rob,
    Perhaps you should trade your cat in on a Raccoon. I hear they are very smart.
    PJM

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  10. mmm. And then I call her Rocky. I’m sure the neighbors will be surprised. And it won’t be long before some kind of government-sponsored animal liberation front will be camping in my front garden…

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  11. The raccoons around here are fat, dirty, disgusting, and carry rabies.

    I can't imagine anyone having one for a pet - and it's illegal as well.

    But, it's a great photo and she looks like she was a great First Lady!!

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