Dwight D. Eisenhower: The First President Videotaped in Color (1958)

I came across this one on YouTube. This was the first time the President of the United States was videotaped and then broadcast in color. This is the earliest surviving color videotape. It was filmed on May 22nd, 1958 in the WRC-TV studios in Washington (the local NBC affiliate).

The video starts off in black and white while Eisenhower’s motorcade approaches the studios, but then transitions to color for the first time when Robert Sarnoff, president of NBC, flips the switch in the middle of the broadcast.

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1921 Map of Atlas District (Not Trinidad)

This is a map of the neighborhood that old Officer Sprinkle used to live near back in the day. This request came from GoDCer Vaughn. Enjoy! Source: Library of Congress

Panoramic Photos of Camp Meigs in 1918

What a great old photo from World War I. These photos show Camp Meigs in 1918. Source: U.S. National Archives Source: Library of Congress  

Proposed 1873 Design for Library of Congress

This is what the Library of Congress could have looked like if Leon Beaver’s design from 1873 was selected. Here’s a second rendering of the building with some perspective. Check out a few more of his drawings here.

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