A pair of pictures from the Harris & Ewing Collection caught the eye of Prints & Photographs Division reference technician, Jonathan Eaker. He shared them with the comment, “Really tall cowboy!”
I looked at the first picture. On the basis of the length of the chaps, alone, not to mention the interested stares of the people visible through the window, I figured that Ralph E. Madsen must, indeed, have been tall.
But nothing compares to the composition of the second picture for providing a sense of scale!
- The next logical question, of course, is how tall, relatively speaking, was Morris Sheppard, the senator with whom Mr. Madsen shook hands? Sheppard appears second from the right in another Harris & Ewing Collection photo, taken nearly two decades later. He didn’t tower over the colleagues with whom he was pictured, but he certainly wouldn’t have strained to look most of them straight in the eye!
- Explore the Harris & Ewing Collection for more sights that catch the eye from its documentation of politics, people, and places, particularly in the Washington, D.C., area between 1905 and 1945.