National Geographic : 1937 Jun
© National Geographic Society Dufaycolor Photograph byJ.Baylor Roberts PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT READS HIS ANNUAL MESSAGE BEFORE THE FIRST JANUARY OPENING OFANEW CONGRESS-1937 Never before has the color camera recorded a joint session of Senate and House in the Hall of Representatives. Speaker William B.Bankhead and Vice President John N. Garner stand at the marble Speaker's desk behind the Chief Executive. Betweenthe flag and thepainting ofWashington isthe Speaker's mace, a silver-bound bundle of ebony rods surmounted by a silver globe on which perches a silvereagle. The portrait ontheright isofLafayette.