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When Did the President Start Using a Helicopter?
Check out the video of the landing tests they performed on the White House South Lawn in 1957.
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Washington Senators Move to Los Angeles in 1957
Did you know the Washington Senators almost moved to Los Angeles in 1957? This amazing and true story would have changed the outlook of baseball on both coasts.
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Washington Homes For Sale in 1952
Look at the homes for sale around Washington in 1952. These great old real estate ads from The Evening Star show the booming market at the time.
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Dramatic Attempt to Assassinate President Truman in Blair House
A brazen daylight assassination attempt against President Truman took place right on Pennsylvania Avenue with a shootout in front of Blair House. It was carried out by militant Puerto Rican pro-independence activists. White House Police officer Leslie Coffelt, was killed protecting the President.
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Why Is It Named Adams Morgan?
The name Adams Morgan is from the names of two formerly segregated area elementary schools—the older, all-black Thomas P. Morgan Elementary School and the all-white John Quincy Adams Elementary School, which merged in 1955 following desegregation.
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Seven Corners Built on Land Owned by Former Slave
The land on which Seven Corners sits used to be owned by Frederick Foote, a former slave. He purchased the plot for $500 and left it to his children.
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A Brief History of Brunch in D.C.
What is the history of brunch in Washington? The word dates back to 1895 and started appearing the the local papers in the early 20th century. Are you hungry?
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Three Homes for Sale 70 Years Ago
These three homes in DC, MD and VA were for sale exactly 70 years ago today on December 29th, 1951. Take a look to see how they have changed (or not).
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Friendship Heights Shopping Circa 1959
This lovely old image shows Lord & Taylor way back in 1959. Check out the beautiful old cars and the lousy parking jobs.
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Glenn Martin's Predictions for the Future of Aviation in 1953
Take a look at the predictions made by Glenn Martin in 1953 for the future of aviation. See how different today is from what he envisioned, including atomic-powered planes, helicopters, and fully automatic flight operations.
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Exploring 1950s Washington, D.C. Through Film Footage
Discover Washington, D.C. from 1950s through film footage and narrative, including George Washington's slaves "living happily in their quarters." Watch the video to explore this fascinating era.
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Explore Washington in 1951 with this Amazing Historical Map from the U.S. Geological Survey
Take a step back in time and explore Washington in 1951 with this historical topographic map from the U.S. Geological Survey. Check it out today!
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The Story of How Reno Road in North Cleveland Park Almost Became Washington Avenue
Learn the fascinating story of how Reno Road in North Cleveland Park almost became Washington Avenue in honor of the west coast state. Find out why the proposal was opposed by Senator Howard Cannon of Nevada.
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The Hot Summer of 1952: UFOs Spotted Over DC
In the hot summer of 1952, there were numerous sightings of up to seven lights floating around the night sky in DC, including over the Capitol Building. Radar operators saw strange blips on their screens, and flight attendants on planes approaching National Airport saw lights above their plane.
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Amazing Photo of Washington, D.C., Taken By U.S. Air Force
Be amazed by this incredible photo of Washington, D.C., taken by the U.S. Air Force using a horizon to horizon camera. Check it out!
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Reliving a Special Moment: President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth in a Lincoln Cosmopolitan, 1957
Relive a special moment in history with this wonderful old photo of President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth in a Lincoln Cosmopolitan in 1957. See the three photos taken that day here.
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A Look Back: Incredible Photos of the White House Taken in 1950
Take a look back in time with these incredible photos of the White House taken in 1950. Click the link to see more photos taken by my grandfather with a Leica 111c 35mm camera.
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A Look Back at Life in Southwest Washington in the 1950s
Take a look back at life in Southwest Washington in the 1950s with this photo of a corner store at 4th and M St. SW. See how the same corner looks today with a Google Maps embed.
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This Amazing Old Photo Shows F St. NW in 1955
Check out this amazing old photo of F St. NW in 1955 from 13th St. An interesting comparison to the view today on Google Street View!
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Incredible Photos of DC from 1956 Showing Tours Passing by the Front of the White House
Check out these incredible photos of DC from 1956 sent in by GoDCer Bill. The wild part is that tours passed by the front of the White House back in those days. See the photos of the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and Federal Triangle!
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Incredible Photos From the 1956 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
We found these incredible photos from the 1956 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Twitter. See the amazing images from Griffith Stadium in Washington at Ghostsofdc.org.
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Retro Tour of Washington D.C.: Fascinating Footage from the 1950s
Take a trip back in time with this fascinating footage from the 1950s of Washington D.C.! See recognizable spots like the Dupont Underground, East Capitol St., and Union Station. A must-watch for any history buff!
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1957 Guided Tour of Washington, D.C.
This film footage from 1957 is excellent. Make sure you watch the whole thing and check out the familiar sites.
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Old Photos of Dulles Airport Under Construction
This series of great images shows Washington's Dulles International Airport while it was being constructed.
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JFK's Opposition to Widening Chain Bridge Road in McLean, VA
Learn about JFK's opposition to widening Chain Bridge Road from McLean into the District. We also uncovered some interesting facts about the history of McLean, VA. Read more about this story here!
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Birth of Patti Sue Williams: Unbelievable Story of a Baby Born on Key Bridge in 1956
In an incredible story of a mother's dedication, The Washington Post reported in 1956 on the birth of Patti Sue Williams on Key Bridge in Fairfax. Read the article excerpts and find out whether you know this brave woman!
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A Look Back at 1955 Washington DC: A Family Photo from Mike
Take a look back at 1955 Washington DC with this family photo from Mike. His parents, Sue and Joe, were working at the Pentagon and Vint Hill Farm Station at the time. See the photo and read the story behind it here!
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A Look at 1810 Shepherd St. in Washington, DC: Then and Now
Take a look at 1810 Shepherd St. in Washington, DC, from the 1950s to today. See how the building has changed over the years. Check it out on Ghosts of DC!
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The Trouble Two Teenagers Got Into in Chevy Chase in 1951
Discover the trouble two teenagers got into in Chevy Chase, Maryland in 1951. Read this article to find out more about the FBI and Montgomery County Police's involvement and the consequences of their actions.
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Reader Appreciation: Incredible Photos of Washington, DC in 1950
We love getting notes from readers like that! Here's a special post of appreciation, with incredible photos of Washington, DC as it looked in 1950.
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