Lincoln Memorial

Machine gun sets up outside the Lincoln Memorial on December 8th, 1941

Machine Guns at the Lincoln Memorial

The day after Pearl Harbor this is what the Lincoln Memorial looked like. Reminds me a little of what downtown Washington looked like the day after 9/11.
Amphibian aircraft on reflecting pool in front of Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. in 1923. (Harris & Ewing / Library of Congress)

Airplane Takes Off From Reflecting Pool Near Lincoln Memorial

What a fascinating and bizarre old photo from 1923. You’ll clearly never see something like this again, not unlike the one we shared from the White House of an airplane taking off. Source: Library of Congress
Lincoln Memorial in 1944

Incredible 1944 Photo of Lincoln Memorial

is this one of the most impressive photos of the Lincoln Memorial? Source: Library of Congress 

When Was This Photo of the Lincoln Memorial Taken?

GoDCers, can you help out? When do you think this image of the Lincoln Memorial was taken? Source: bluebird87
February 1930. Washington, D.C. "Army Airship C-41 lands on Mall and airmen, led by Brigadier General William J. Flood of the 19th Airship Company, place wreath at Lincoln Memorial, honoring Lincoln's Birthday."

Military Blimp Floats Over Lincoln Memorial

Check out this cool image from 1930. This is a military C-41 blimp floating near the Lincoln Memorial in honor of Abe Lincoln’s birthday. Also, you can check out film footage of this at Critical Past.

1939 Film Footage of Lincoln Memorial

This is cool. It’s some old stock film footage of the Lincoln Memorial from 1939, courtesy of Archive.org. Source: Archive.org
Memorial Bridge, looking from the Virginia side of the Potomac River across to the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Memorial Bridge and Lincoln Memorial in Color (1940s)

This is a terrific old photo that we found on Flickr. It shows the Lincoln Memorial as viewed across the Memorial Bridge from Virginia. Source: Library of  Congress on Flickr
Lincoln Memorial postcard

1930s Lincoln Memorial Postcard

This is a great little find. We dug it up at the Boston Public Library (no, not actually in their building … on Flickr). Source: Boston Public Library
Lincoln Memorial in 1924

Family at the Lincoln Memorial

I’m busy watching playoff baseball (sadly, not our Nats) … cranking through the posts for next week and I wanted to share one immediately. Unfortunately, because of this government shutdown, you can’t replicate what this family...
MLK and "I Have a Dream"

MLK Waves to Crowd from Lincoln Memorial

Here’s a terrific photo from the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. MLK is waving to the crowd from the Lincoln Memorial. Don’t forget to check out this amazing one from the same day.
Lincoln Memorial in 1917

Lincoln Memorial Originally Built on Marsh Land

This is what the Lincoln Memorial looked like in its early days. This photo is from 1917, during construction of the memorial. Source: Library of Congress Also, don’t forget to check out this post on the...
Henry Bacon sketch of the Lincoln Memorial

Henry Bacon’s Early Drawings of the Lincoln Memorial

Check out these great drawings that we dug up at the Library of Congress. These two sketches are early drawings by Henry Bacon, the architect of the Lincoln Memorial. Source: Library of Congress
August 28, 1963. "Emancipator looking down on demonstrators. Participants in the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial and massed along both sides of the Reflecting Pool, viewed from behind Abraham Lincoln statue." Photo by James K. Atherton for United Press International.

Lincoln Memorial and “I Have a Dream”

What an incredible photograph. This is a shot over Lincoln’s left shoulder, down onto the massive crowd watching the “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. Source: Shorpy
Basement below east terraces. 3 June 1991. - Lincoln Memorial, West Potomac Park, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

Did You Know: The Lincoln Memorial Has a Basement

We were unaware. This is pretty cool, and it would be so cool to check it out. Have any GoDCers been lucky enough to visit the basement of the Lincoln Memorial? Source: Library of Congress Source:...

Laying The Cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial

Here are a couple great photographs from the cornerstone laying of the Lincoln Memorial. The ceremony was held on February 15th, 1915.  
Lincoln Memorial around 1921

Lincoln Memorial Before Some A-Hole Vandalized It

I’m pissed that someone threw paint on the Lincoln Memorial. It is the most epic form of disrespect in recent memory. Why the hell would you desecrate the sacred memorial to Abraham Lincoln? Are you a...
Lincoln Memorial under construction

Lincoln Memorial Under Construction

I took a trip down to the Lincoln Memorial this past weekend for the first time in quite a while. So, I thought it was appropriate to dig up an old photograph from the days when...
John Russell Pope’s Competition Proposal for a Monument to Abraham Lincoln , 1912

Other Proposed Designs for the Lincoln Memorial

These are amazing. This is a series of images depicting alternate versions of the proposed Lincoln Memorial. These we all designed in 1912. We dug these up at the National Archives. Check out the rest of...