Tag: 1950s

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...
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...

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...

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...

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,...
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...
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...
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....

This Was F Street at Night in 1955

This amazing old photo shows F St. NW, looking east from 13th St. in 1955. Pretty cool. Source: Flickr user rockcreek Here's a similar view today...
Cars in front of the Washington Monument in 1956

GoDCer Shares His 1956 D.C. Vacation Pictures

Check out this great set of photos GoDCer Bill sent in (a while ago, sorry I'm just now posting them). The wild part is...
Griffith Stadium in Washington during the 1956 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Rare 1956 Color Photos Inside Griffith Stadium

These are so cool. We found them on Twitter by one of our favorite tweeters, @MLBcathedrals. These photos are from 1956 during the Major...
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Amazing 1950s Film Footage of D.C. Streetcars

This is some awesome footage of the old streetcar system here in D.C. from the 1950s. What's really great is seeing some recognizable spots...
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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.
Dulles Airport tower being built

Old Photos of Dulles Airport Under Construction

Here is a great series of photos we found at the Library of Congress showing Dulles Airport during construction. And finally, here's a post-construction photo...
Hickory Hill - the Kennedy estate on Chain Bridge Road

JFK Opposed Widening Chain Bridge Road

Sometimes we forget that famous people are also regular people with problems other than running a country. JFK was a young senator from Massachusetts...
Key Bridge

Mother Gives Birth to Child on Key Bridge

You probably don't believe that headline, but it indeed happened back in 1956. On August 29th, The Washington Post reported that a woman from Fairfax...
Sue & Joe - Capitol - circa 1955 - final book

GoDCer Sends Great 1955 Photo of Parents in D.C.

Thanks to GoDCer Mike for sending in this family photo from 1955. Below is the note he send: Dear Ghosts of DC This photo surfaced in...
1810 Shepherd St.

1950s Crestwood Home and Today

We came across this gem of a photo from the 1950s here. Check out 1810 Shepherd St. back then. And this is what it looks...
Heurich Beer in the 1950s

FBI Arrests Chevy Chase Boys in Fake I.D. Scandal

The next time your father or grandfather tells you he never found himself in trouble during his youth, approach that claim with some skepticism,...
view of the Jefferson Memorial

GoDCer Sends 1950s Vacation Photos of D.C.

Thanks to GoDCer Emily for sending these in, and thanks for your love of our site! We love getting notes from readers like that.
Carroll Hall

Fan Loses Eye; Struck by Puck at Uline Arena

How tragic. This reminds me of the horrible accident in 2002 when a girl was killed by a flying puck at a Columbus Blue...