1950s

What was Washington, D.C. like in the 1950s? Take a look at our great posts with stories, people, photos, and history about the District from the fifties.

1953’s Air Travel Predictions

We love old predictions of the future like this. This was an article from The Washington Post printed on December 18th, 1953, the day after the 50th anniversary of their first flight at Kitty Hawk in...

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.

1951 USGS Map of Washington

We came across a great archive of maps thanks to the U.S. Geological Survey. This one shows much of Washington and some of suburban Maryland in 1951.
Reno Rd. NW

Reno Road Almost Renamed Washington Avenue

A little-known story about upper northwest is that Reno Road, which cuts right through the heart of North Cleveland Park to Chevy Chase, was almost renamed Washington Avenue, in honor of the west coast state. An...

Flying Saucers Over the Capitol and White House

The hot summer of 1952 witnessed some bizarre lights floating over the District. Evidently for many nights in July, sightings were reported of up to seven lights flying around the night sky, including over the Capitol...

1950 Horizon-to-Horizon Photo of Washington

This is a cool photo of Washington taken by the U.S. Air Force using a horizon to horizon camera. Check it out. Source: Library of Congress

Why Is It Named Adams Morgan?

If you go to Adams Morgan on a regular basis, you should probably know at least the basic history of the neighborhood, which is actually the combination of several older Washington neighborhoods: Kalorama Triangle, Lanier Heights,...
1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Presidential Limousine - Bubble Top Parade Car - Presidential Motorcade - President Eisenhower - Queen Elizabeth - United States Visit - Washington DC - October, 1957

Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth Driving in Presidential Limo

This wonderful old photo of Pennsylvania Avenue in 1957 shows President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth in an old Lincoln Cosmopolitan. Source: Flickr user Dave Gelinas And here’s another. Source: Flickr user Dave Gelinas Source: Flickr user...
White House- Washington DC- circa 1950 Photographed by my grandfather with Leica 111c 35mm circa 1950

The White House in 1950

This beautiful photo of the north side of the White House was taken in 1950. Click on it for more. Source: Martin Archer on Flickr Here’s another cool shot of the President’s House. Source: Flickr
Corner store at 4th and M Streets SW, northwest corner, looking up 4th Street toward L, 1100 block

What Did Southwest Washington Look Like in the 1950s?

Here’s a shot of typical life in Southwest Washington back in the 1950s. You’re looking at a corner store at 4th and M St. SW. Source: Dig DC The same corner today looks a little different.
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