Shorey, Charles Urban. WARREN G. HARDING SIGNED, INSCRIBED AND DATED PHOTOGRAPH.
Original gelatin silver photograph, 1921. Inscribed and signed on the photograph, lower center, "Gratefully and Sincerely from/Warren G. Harding/August 5, 1921."
The mount embossed with Shorey's blindstamp "The Shorey Studio Lancaster, N.H." The photo, which is likely unique (see below), shows a three-quarter length view of Harding, his face in profile to the left, gazing out from the tower, in a suit, wearing a bow tie and holding a straw hat in his left hand.
15 x 12 inches, mounted and framed to 24 x 18 inches. The photo in excellent condition, the mount, with margins of 3-4 inches around the photo, has some staining near the bottom. the frame is handsome and appropriate to the subject.
On the paper backing of the frame, the following is written:
"Taken in Lancaster, N.H. 1921 by my father. Pres. Harding was guest of Secr'y of War Weeks at latter's summer home on Mt. Prospect. Dad took this picture in the observation tower - finished it and got it autographed. Harding died in 1923. While in Lancaster, Harding made a speech in the park near the Library. I waited in line a long time - or so it seemed to me - and finally went away without shaking his hand. The photo hung in my family's home in Lancaster for many years. Since it was taken by a Shorey, I want Nick to have this for the Shorey line. Seth Shorey 2/27/71"
Charles Urban Shorey, 1884-1972 was a photographer based in Lancaster, NH. from 1918 to 1950, who specialized in portrait photography. The note on the back is signed by Seth Shorey (1914-1986), who was the son of Charles Urban Shorey.