1940s

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.

Children and parents on lawn of the White House for Easter Monday egg roll

Here's a photo we dug up at the Library of Congress, and it's labeled as 1944 during the Easter Monday egg roll. Source: Library of Congress

December 31st, 1949

This is a cool New Year's advertisement that we found in The Washington Post December 31st, 1949. Click on it for a larger version.

This is a great story to cross-post with our sister site, Ghosts of Baltimore. Airline traffic was getting too heavy for National Airport to handle by the end of the 1940s. The region's second airp...

Duke vs. GWU (1948)

Check out this program. It's for the Duke vs. GWU football game, held on November 13th, 1948 at Duke. Source: Duke University Libraries Duke was pretty average in 1948, going 4-3-2 under coa...

Now this is an interesting old film we found on YouTube. It's a bit long, but if you're from Alexandria, you'll find it entertaining and recognize quite a few of the old buildings. http://www.youtu...

We are grateful for the picture below, since so many of the amazing images on this site come via the Library of Congress! In December 1941, as a precautionary measure, about 5,000 boxes of materials f...

GoDCer Chris graciously offered to share this cool aerial photo of Washington, taken sometime in the 1940s. Compare it to the Google Map below.

Giant Food on Wisconsin Avenue

Remember this super ugly Giant on Wisconsin Ave. near the Cathedral? It's soon going to be the new Cathedral Commons. This old photo was taken in the summer of 1942. Source: Library of Congress...

13th St. NW

Here's a great old photo that we found at the Library of Congress. It shows a large group of people on 13th St. Source: Library of Congress

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