1940s

video

Check out this great footage out. This is from 1949, sent in by GoDCer Eric. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhrTaOIl5iI
President Roosevelt at NIHvideo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrVZblIYljo This is some great old footage of FDR dedicating the NIH back in 1940. Thanks to GoDCer Jeff for sending this in a while...
600 block of G Street NW

This is a cool old photo from the 1940s showing the 600 block of G St, which doesn't appear to be there any more,...
No scare at British Embassy. Washington, D.C., June 18. Despite the tense situation abroad and talk of the fifth columns on this side no increase has made in the police detail guarding the British Embassy here. A solitary minion of the law still guards the majestic building

Here's a shot of the British Embassy before the U.S. entry into World War II. The photo was taken four days after Paris fell...
Two girls view the cherry blossoms at night from the Tidal Basin, undated, Scurlock Studio. Scurlock Studio Records, c. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Neg. no. 2008-4935.

How great is this old photograph of the cherry blossoms and the Washington Monument? We dug this old photo up in the Smithsonian Archives....
D.C. cab fars in 1947

How cool is this article from The Washington Post, printed on March 13th, 1947.  These are the rates for taxi cabs taken from D.C. By the...
Red Cross mobile canteen 1942

This is a photo from World War II, taken in 1942. It's a mobile canteen run by the Red Cross. Source: Library of Congress
Welcome to the Palisades sign

If you're a fan of D.C. history, you'll know that MacArthur Blvd. used to be called Conduit Rd. You probably also know that it...
Visibility zero unless you lend your binoculars to the navy

Between 1936 and 1943 the Work Projects Administration (WPA), about 2,000 posters were designed to promote the arts, community activities, and used for education....
Treasury target range completed. Washington, D.C., June 10. The Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., has installed a new and modern target range in the sub basement of the Treasury Building. The range has shielded lights and electrically operated targets, is sound proof and ventilated by a fan which removes gases almost instantly. Entrance to the firing booths is through two doors which act as an air lock and prevent sound and gas from going into the outer rooms. Left to right in the picture: R.P. Hallion, White House Police; J.E. Murphy, assistant chief, Secret Service; E.L. Warden, White House Police; E.D. Murray, chief bonus mate, Coast Guard; Frank J. Wilson, chief of Secret Service; J.J. Cash, White House Police; Adam T. Smith, gunners mate, 1st. class, Coast Guard; and Elmer Irey, coordinator, Treasury Enforcement Services, 6-10-40

Does anyone know if this still exists? The photo below was taken in June of 1940.

Follow Us