Tag: 1960s

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Film of 1968 Washington Riots

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avEa_cGNaKQ Here is an old film that we dug up at the National Archives. It's from 1968, showing the devastation of the riots following MLK's...
The Watergate Complex

Watergate Builders Get Green Light for 130-Foot Height

This is an interesting article that we came across in The Washington Post, Times Herald from May 30th, 1962. At the time, there was much...
Proposed design for the Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center Could Have Looked Like This

Check out this great find. It's a rendering of a proposed design for the Kennedy Center, then called the National Cultural Center. It's actually...
LBJ on the phone

Lyndon Johnson’s Pants; “Down Where Your Nuts Hang, Is Always a...

Wow. This one's an all-time classic. We've heard many amusing Lyndon Baines Johnson phone calls on Washington's C-SPAN radio station (FM 90.1), but somehow we...
Brickskeller cocktail waitress

Brickskeller Cocktail Waitress: Where the Action Is!

Want a job? Checking out the classifieds in The Washington Post on December 10th, 1968, you would have come across this one for a cocktail waitress...
Hotel Washington entrance

Three Stories From Hotel Washington

If you've lived in D.C. for a while, you'll remember the good old days when the W Hotel was actually Hotel Washington, the historic and storied hotel near the White House. I remember having quite a few pleasant lunches on the roof, with a spectacular view of the Washington Monument and the President's house.
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Opening Dedication Ceremony of Dulles Airport in 1962

The airport was dedicated by President Kennedy and former President Eisenhower, a $110 million federal project, largely driven during the latter's administration.
`Key Bridge in 1965

Awesome 1965 Photo of Key Bridge

Hello GoDCers! Thursday is coming to a close, and tomorrow is Friday. So that's great news. To celebrate, we're sharing a great afternoon photo...
"Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Va., 1958-63. Eero Saarinen, architect. Mobile lounges." A sort of giant rolling jetway (mostly out of frame at left) that carried passengers at Dulles from terminal to plane. The stair truck supported the gangway. 120mm color transparency by Balthazar Korab.

Boarding a Flight at Dulles in the 1960s

Dulles Airport was the first airport in the world build for jet aircraft. This photo shows passengers boarding an Eastern Airlines' Douglas DC-8
1961 Washington Redskins

1961: The Last Year Season Redskins Fielded All-White Team

Only the Dallas Cowboys saved the Washington Redskins from complete disaster in 1961, the last year they fielded an all-white team. The Washington football franchise,...

Photos of The Beatles in Washington, D.C.

We wrote some posts about The Beatles a long time ago, like this one about their first concert and this one about...

Mantle vs. Killebrew Home Run Derby

Now this is a really cool old video that we uncovered on YouTube. It shows a home run derby between Mickey Mantle and Harmon...
American Service Center advertisement

Mercedes-Benz Advertisement in 1961

Check out this old advertisement from The Washington Post. It was printed on June 23rd, 1961, and you can still go to 585 N. Glebe...

Where is This on South Dakota Avenue? (1963)

This is a photo of South Dakota Ave., NE that we found at the Library of Congress. We need a little assistance from GoDCers...
Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Leaders of the march], 08/28/1963

Leaders of the Civil Rights March (1963)

What a terrific old photo from 1963. This is, of course, the Civil Rights March from August 28th of that year and these gentlemen...

1963 March Attendees: Belafonte, Heston, and Davis Jr.

Here's an interesting trio of celebrities in attendance at the '63 March on Washington. Sammy Davis Jr., Charlton Heston, and Harry Belafonte. Source: Library of...

What Union Station Looked Like in 1963

What a cool old photo of Union Station (here's another amazing photo). This was taken by Thomas O'Halloran on August 14, 1963. For some historical...
Demonstrators from a broad political spectrum picket outside the White House during the height of the Cold War confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the placement of missile silos in Cuba. The Cuban missile crisis demonstration attracted elements on the fringe of American society as evidenced by the last panel frame showing members of an American neo-Nazi group protesting President John F. Kennedy’s “soft” stance on Cuba.

Neo-Nazis Picket White House; Urge Kennedy to Invade Cuba

This is a shocking old photo from 1962. These neo-Nazis are protesting in front of the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis (October...
Wisconsin Avenue, NW, south of O Street at "rush hour" (June 30, 1960).

“Rush Hour” on Wisconsin Near O Street in 1960

Not exactly rush hour. But, it looks pretty similar to today, minus the streetcar tracks of course. Wisconsin...
The clean-cut collegiate looks of these two young peace activists do not fit the common stereotype of the long-haired radicals and "peaceniks" who protested against the escalating war in Southeast Asia. They were joined by several hundred thousand anti-war protestors who descended upon the nation's capitol to dissent against what they believed was an immoral war.

I Won’t Fight in Vietnam (1965)

Here's a photo we came across on Pinterest user Estella Gonzales' pinboard. Several hundred thousand people had descended on Washington to protest our involvement in...
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Bugler Plays Taps at Kennedy’s Funeral

Exactly 50 years ago today, JFK was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Below is footage of the gun salute and the bugler playing taps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2h3z3Jqqo0