National Geographic : 1957 Jan
© National Geographic Society 90 Volkmar Wentzel and Donald McBain, National Geographic Staff Four First Ladies, Widely Different in the Flesh, Are Look-alikes in Effigy A popular Smithsonian Institution exhibit pictures wives and hostesses of the Presidents in gowns they wore in life. To avoid controversy, the Smithsonian gave to all its 37 figures an identical face, that of Shakespeare's Cordelia as idealized by a sculptor. Varying hair styles help conceal uniformity. Mrs. U. S. Grant (right) wears an inaugural gown of silk given by a Chinese emperor. Salon copies the White House Blue Room of 1870.