This photographic proof of Pres. Taft in his first year in office sitting at his White House desk is similar to a better known image by Bain that is in the Library of Congress Collection of Bain's photographs. In this image, Taft directly faces the camera. The photo measures 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches. Information about the image is incorporated within the proof. On the desk drawer, "Copyright 1909 by Geo. Grantham Bain" shows in white and the lower margin caption reads, "Pres. Taft in White House." The print is detached from its hard backing, glue stains fairly evenly distributed on verso, and the upper and lower left corners are chipped. Pencil docketing on verso of the mount reads, ""President Taft at this desk in the White house, year 1909." We have not found this image in our search of Bain photographs of Taft.
Bain (1865-1944)was a photographer who started his photography service in 1898 focused on the newsworthy events mainly in New York City and the east coast. His photographic range was wide covering politics, the arts, sports as well as crime.