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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.

1950s Washington

Cost-of-Living Near All-Time High in D.C. (1952)

Do you think it’s expensive to live in the District today? Our population is just hovering around 600,000. Back in the 1950s, we were over 800,000! And, that was with far fewer apartment buildings....

Three Things About the CIA’s Langley Headquarters

CIA headquarters are in Langley, Virginia and have been since 1961 when President Kennedy dedicated the new building.
1950s car after accident

Help Identify This 1950s Location

We came across these beautiful photographs on Flickr and had to share them with GoDCers. It appears to be an old car getting in need of some repairs after an accident. The vehicle appears...
In late 1959 through 1960, the Capitol Dome underwent a significant repair and restoration effort and at the end of 1959 the exterior of the Dome was surrounded by scaffold.

The Capitol Dome Was Once Red

Remember the red Capitol Dome that we posted some time ago? Here’s another great view of it. Source: Architect of the Capitol Below is the caption from their Flickr feed. In late 1959 through...

Eisenhower Inauguration Seen From a Blimp [Slideshow]

Here’s a pretty cool set of photos from January 20th, 1953. Source: Opie Radio
Harmon Killebrew shakes President Eisenhower's hand before a game in 1959 (Calvin Griffith in the middle)

Washington Senators Almost Move to Los Angeles [VIDEO]

Here is some more on the proposed move of the Washington Senators to Los Angeles (we wrote about this here). Thanks to GoDCer @doubleuefwhy for sharing this on Twitter.
Mockingbird Hill

If Walls Could Talk: Mockingbird Hill

Congratulations to the latest winner of our “If Walls Could Talk” poll: Mockingbird Hill at 1843 7th St. NW. Vice squad raid for illegal gambling We came across a story in the Baltimore Afro-American...
Franklin Park in 1943

Soap Box Orations Banned in Franklin Park

Evidently, in the first half of the 20th century, Franklin Park was the place to go air your grievances with whatever entity was keeping you down (i.e., The Man). It was to the point...

1955 Home Movie of White House Visit

This is a great find from archive.org. We dug up an old home movie of a family’s visit to Washington and the White House. When you watch it, you’ll be shocked to see how...