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Exploring the Frozen Past: Walking on the Tidal Basin in the Early 1900s
Discover the frozen Tidal Basin of the past with this fascinating historical photo. See the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in the distance, and learn about the history of ice skating and walking on the Tidal Basin. Read on to learn more.
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Bathing Suit Police at the Tidal Basin
The photograph is Washington police officer Bill Norton measuring the distance between the knee and the swimsuit.
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Hains Point: How Did It Get Its Name?
Hains point is named for Peter Conover Hains, a prominent Major General in the U.S. Army and served in the Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War I.
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Relaxing on the Tidal Basin: A Look Back at Washington, D.C. in 1942
Take a look back at Washington, D.C. in 1942 during the dark early days of World War II. This photo, taken on a Sunday in July, shows people relaxing along the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial. See what else is in the background!
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Cherry Blossoms in DC: Honoring a Gift from the Mayor of Tokyo
In 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo gave 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, DC as a sign of friendship. Learn more about the gift and find out where to find cherry blossoms in DC away from the tourist masses!
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Don't Drink and Drive in 1923
The driver of this car did and ended up in the Tidal Basin. The car made it out but two men did not. A third, the driver did. “Auto wreck. December 31, 1923.” Continuing this week’s theme of vehicular mishaps on (and off) the roads of Washington, D.C. On New Year’s Eve, this car was in the drink. See the comments for details about this fatal accident in the Tidal Basin. National...
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A Throwback Thursday Photo of East Potomac Park and Hains Point in the 1930s
Take a virtual trip back in time with this Throwback Thursday photo of East Potomac Park and Hains Point from the 1930s. Learn the history behind Hains Point and the other landmarks in the photo!
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A Look Back at Washington's Old Tidal Basin Bathing Beach
Take a nostalgic look back at Washington's old Tidal Basin bathing beach and imagine what it was like to swim there in 1920. Read more to find out!
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A Glimpse into D.C. During World War II: A Video from the 1944 Cherry Blossom Festival
Take a peek into the past and watch a video from the 1944 Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. during World War II. Enjoy the nostalgic vibes and a unique glimpse into the city during wartime. Pardon the music - mute it for the best experience.
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