Investigations

Marion Carpenter Camera

The Case:

Does our contributor have a camera owned by the first woman to serve as a White House photographer? 

The timeworn, mid-century box camera looks unassuming until you see the note inside: “Marion Carpenter White House Photographer.” 

A quick search tells our contributor that Marion Carpenter was the first female wire service photographer assigned to the White House. She covered the Truman administration.

Did this camera belong to Marion Carpenter? Did she use it to photograph President Truman?

History Detectives visits the White House Pressroom and the Washington Post to find answers. 

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Aired:
Season 9, Episode 8

Detective:
Wes Cowan Location:
Washington D.C. and St Paul, Minnesota

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