Washington’s Study, Mount Vernon, Virginia

This is an image of George Washington’s desk and chair as it might have looked just before his death in 1799.

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The back of the card states only “General Washington’s Desk and Chair, Mount Vernon.

A visual curiosity is present in this image. Directly behind the main chair, highlighted against the bright yellow curtains, is a three part candle stand. Initial investigation seems to indicate that the stand is simply floating in the air.

Closer examination indicates there is a narrow brass pipe stand holding the platform up, which coincides exactly with a fold in the yellow curtains, causing the pipe stand to essentially disappear.

It is believed this postcard dates from the 1940s.

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