Check out this cool photo that we dug up on Flickr. It was taken in 1942, and the Jefferson Memorial is not quite ready for dedication. It would open on April 13th, 1943.
southern view of the Jefferson Memorial (1942)
And here’s a cool eastern view from the Washington Monument, looking down the National Mall toward the Capitol Building. Look how young the trees are.
view of the Capitol Building
And finally, here’s the western view toward the Lincoln Memorial.
Lincoln Memorial as viewed from the Washington Monument
Source: Cornell University Library