1950s Film Footage of Washington

Film footage of Washington shows how different things were. Listen to some of the narrative, including the past about George Washington’s slaves “living happily in their quarters.” Yes, that was really said.

1950S Washington, D.C.
 

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Aerial view of a traffic jam, 14th Street and the Mall, Washington, D.C., Apr. 1937. 30-N-37-1360A. (National Archives)

Ugh, Traffic Sucks

Think your commute home today will suck? Check this out … Constitution Avenue circa 1937. By the way, do you know why it’s called Constitution

Great Map of Takoma Park in 1907

Look how amazing this old map is. You can see the outlines of proposed roads in and around Takoma. Source: Library of Congress