1940s

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.

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...

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...

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...

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