This photograph is from 27th President of the United States William Howard Taft’s visit to the Canal Zone. Check out the Library of Congress website for videos of Taft’s visit: https://www.loc.gov/item/mp76000111/. This website suggests that the visit was in 1910 and that he spent much of the visit inspecting canal construction.
Do you know where in the Canal Zone this picture might be from? Can you remember any other political figures visiting the Canal Zone?
Make sure to join us for the 2018 Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando from June 27 – July 1, 2018, where there will be an exhibit about popular culture in the Panama Canal Zone on display. See more information and register here: https://www.pancanalsociety.org/reunion.html. We hope to see you there!