Daily Archives: Feb 8, 2013

Union Army Balloon Corps is Born on the Mall

Thaddeus Lowe balloon being prepared

You may not know this, but Abraham Lincoln was a bit of a technophile. On June 18th, 1861, “Professor” Thaddeus Lowe ascended to a height of 500 feet above the National Mall, in front of where the National Air and …

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Panoramic View of Washington in 1879

panoramic view of Washington (1 of 5)

Here is a series of photographs we have not seen before. This is a five-part panorama showing the mall area and surrounding buildings, from the Smithsonian Castle. Left section shows the Washington Monument under construction in background, with Agriculture Department …

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