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Members’ Double Desk, ca. 1857, altered ca. 1865

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This ornate desk was the sole working space for two representatives—tight quarters by today’s standards. But back in 1857, when the House moved into its new chamber, with new desks and chairs, legislators judged it more spacious and stylish than their old accommodations.

Anonymous Loan to the U.S. House of Representatives

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