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Did they have much space for this kind of display?
Not much but enough to show good things. There
were many interesting letters. They have about 34,000 books
I think that had either belonged to him or that represented
the Roosevelt area. There were books on the Roosevelt era.
another thing that interested me was that in the basement
there was a kind of room which I could only call a chamber
of horrors in which were masks of Roosevelt, silk sofa
cushions with Roosevelt's face, all sorts of oddities that
had been done or given to him during a campaign or sent by
admirers who didn't have much taste. For instance, there were
a pair of bookends made of giant turtle's paws about this
big--twelve inches across-hideous beyond belief. But next
to this were a serioes of carriages that had belonged in the
Roosevelt family, including a pretty sleigh that had been
given to them by a Russian and the main parts of a big iceboat
that had been used on the Hudson by some of his family in
the early days.
But on the whole the Roosevelts never had much visual
taste. They had great humanity and intelligence and warmth
but not great taste in visual things.
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