Washington of 80 years ago

A friend passed along this wonderful piece of Americana from the Works Progress Administration that shows Washington D.C. (mostly the federal city) from 1936. There’s a saddlery still in the city at this point, as well as a number of new and fancy automobiles on the streets of the District. Amazingly, it’s far enough in the past that Columbus Circle isn’t under construction! The film’s originating point makes it largely a rah-rah nation-on-the-move sort of feel, but it’s still worth watching.

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