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Dramatic Attempt to Assassinate President Truman in Blair House

A brazen daylight assassination attempt against President Truman took place right on Pennsylvania Avenue with a shootout in front of Blair House. It was carried out by militant Puerto Rican pro-independence activists. White House Police officer Leslie Coffelt, was killed protecting the President.

White House northwest gate

Man Crashes Truck Through White House Gate

Doyle Allen Hicks wanted to warn President Kennedy of the coming communist takeover of the country. Find out what happened after he drove his truck through the White House gates.

Pilot Lands Plane on Street Next to West Wing

In 1910, a British pilot landed his small biplane between the West Wing and the Old Executive Office Bulding. He stopped for lunch with some dignitaries and then took off. Read the incredible story.

The Brand New West Wing

This lovely old photograph shows the West Wing of the White House shortly after it was completed. Source: Library of Congress

The White House during the Civil War

The White House Before Fences and Security

Can you even believe this photo. This dude is just sitting on what appears to be a low stone wall on the south side of the White House. This would be E St. today and if you even came close to the fence today, you’re going to have an unpleasant experience with the Secret Service. […]

White House image from the 1880s

Stunning 1880s Photo of the White House

You have to see this amazing old photo of the White House. This is a view of the President’s Mansion from the south. Source: Library of Congress

White House- Washington DC- circa 1950 Photographed by my grandfather with Leica 111c 35mm circa 1950

The White House in 1950

This beautiful photo of the north side of the White House was taken in 1950. Click on it for more. Source: Martin Archer on Flickr Here’s another cool shot of the President’s House. Source: Flickr

Engraving of the Capitol after it was burned in August 1814

Engravings of President’s House and Capitol After Burning of Washington

Below are two amazing engravings of the President’s House and the Capitol Building following the Burning of Washington on August 24, 1814. The engravings were done by William Strickland. The British marched on Washington and attacked the city, but were ordered to only attack public buildings. After their attack, a tornado tore through Washington, bringing […]

South portico of the White House as seen through entrance from East Executive Ave., N.W.

1923 View of White House South Portico

This is an excellent view of the White House’s South Portico. Make sure you click on the image for a much larger version. Source: Library of Congress

Little Girls Playing Next to West Wing

Times sure were different. You’re never going to see something like this again, but at the time, the White House was fairly accessible. The photo below was taken in 1938 and shows two young girls playing on the bannister on the steps leading to the West Wing. Who are these girls? What are their names? […]

Amazing 19th Century Photo of the White House

How cool is this old photo? Check out the White House as it looked in the late 19th century. It appears to be a view of a much more tree-laden southern view of the mansion. Source: Library of Congress Can anyone accurately date this image? The caption says between 1863 and 1893. Also, look at […]

Beautiful 1857 White House and Conservatory Photo

Whoa. This one is amazing. James Buchanan was the president when this photo was taken — unless it was early that year, then it was Franklin Pierce. Source: Library of Congress The conservatory was eventually demolished to be replaced by the West Wing.

The White House at night

White House on a Snowy Night in 1907

Check out this great old photograph from 1907. It shows the North Portico of the White House after a winter snow on February 18th, 1907. Source: Library of Congress

Army Officers at New Year reception, [Washington, D.C.], 1/1/25

Military Officers Celebrate New Year’s at White House

Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is a great year for you and all GoDCers … while you recover from whatever you did last night, check out this old photo from January 1st, 1925. It shows a group of military officers, 89 years ago today, visiting the White House. Source: Library of Congress

Jubilant crowd on V-J day dancing on the White House lawn

V-J Day Jubilation at the White House

What a terrific scene, the likes of which most of us don’t understand. August 14th, 1945 was Victory of Japan day and the final end of World War II. This photo captures the excitement and jubilation of people in front of the White House, in Lafayette Square. If you remember several months ago, we posted […]

President Ford’s Second Day on the Job

Here’s a fascinating old photo from President Ford’s Administration. It was taken on August 10th, 1974. That’s important because Nixon resigned the previous day (remember, Nixon’s not a crook). Is it just me, or does he seem to be a little too happy to be there? Maybe the expression on his face is more akin […]

Picketing the White House at Wilson's second inauguration, March 4, 1917

National Women’s Party Picketing the White House in 1917

Here’s a photo from March 4th, 1917. This was the date of Woodrow Wilson’s second Inauguration and the women picketing the East Wing of the White House are part of the National Women’s Party demanding a woman’s right to vote. Source: Library of Congress

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