National Mall

Girls Baseball Game on the Mall

This is a shot of some ladies playing baseball on the Mall. Yes, baseball … not softball. The photo is dated October 10th, 1919. Source: Library of Congress
National Mall

National Mall Viewed from the Washington Monument

Here’s a cool shot of the National Mall, as viewed from the Washington Monument in 1936. Source: Cornell University

1963 March on Washington Plans Included Alcohol Ban

This is a long-overdue, and greatly anticipated, guest post by Aaron, who wrote one of our most popular pieces yet on the (almost) red Metro trains. As crowds celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on...
Washington DC proposed plan of public buildings. Copy of drawing.

Proposed Buildings on the Mall Near Capitol

The description on this image from Flickr says it’s a proposed plan for public buildings on the Mall near the Capitol. Source: Flickr user medicalmuseum
View of the Department of Agriculture, The Smithsonian Castle and the US Capitol taken from atop the Washington Monument

View of Tree-Covered Mall From Washington Monument

Look how different things were well over a hundred years ago. We dug this photo up on Flickr thanks to the DC Public Library. Source: DC Public Library
Main Navy and Munitions Buildings in 1942

“Temporary” Buildings on the Mall Seen From the Washington Monument

These are the “temporary” buildings on the Mall, erected in 1918 along Constitution Avenue (though still known as B St. then). The view is looking west from the Washington Monument in 1942, so it provides and...

More About That Mysterious Photo of the Capitol “Painted” Red

Yesterday Tom shared a somewhat jarring photo of the Capitol dome — colored red. ¬†It wasn’t something we had seen before, dating roughly to the late 1950s. ¬†Unfortunately, we just didn’t have much information. After a...

Beach Boys Play the National Mall: July 4th, 1980

Who doesn’t like the Beach Boys? This was a pretty big concert on the National Mall for the first July 4th celebration in the 80s. Did any of you attend this show? Related articles The Beach...
Hirshhorn Museum construction 1972

All Eyes On The Hirshhorn, But It Wasn’t Always Pretty (Or Round)

This is a guest post by Aaron. Art fans will focus Thursday night on the outer walls of the Hirshhorn Museum.  Eleven video projectors will paint the Smithsonian’s modern and contemporary ring with 360 degrees of a...
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