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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.

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...

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 on Google Street View, which is not nearly...
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 that tours passed by the front of the White House...
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 League Baseball All-Star Game.

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 in the city, like the Dupont Underground, East Capitol St.,...

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 from the parking lot, looking at the new terminal....
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 when he lived off of Chain Bridge Road in McLean....
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 gave birth to a healthy baby while en route to...