Very Rare Photo of the Supreme Court

One of two photos ever taken of the United States Supreme Court in session
One of two photos ever taken of the United States Supreme Court in session

Historical Context

The United States Supreme Court is perhaps the only major institution of the US government that refuses to allow its proceedings to be photographed or videotaped. While audio recordings of oral arguments in the court are made, only two photos of the Supreme Court in session have ever been made.

The one above was the second, made in 1937 by an unknown woman described by Time magazine (which published the photo) as "an enterprising amateur, a young woman who concealed her small camera in her handbag, cutting a hole through which the lens peeped, resembling an ornament. She practiced shooting from the hip, without using the camera’s finder which was inside the purse."

Photo Info


Photographer: Unknown
Date taken: June 7, 1937
Location taken: Washington DC, USA

Source: Petapixel

Related Events

  • 1937-06-07 Time magazine publishes the second of the only two known photos taken of the United States Supreme Court in session

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