Information Kiosk at National Mall in Washington D.C. – 1969

Kiosk at National Mall

This little information Kiosk at National Mall in Washington D.C. still exists today. At first it seems to be an rather unremarkable photo. Some guy, in a military uniform, manning a kiosk at the National Mall in Washington D.C. Imagine this job in the summer! The information kiosk even looks the same, without any shade at all.

Information Kiosk at the Washington Mall

Vintage photo of the information Kiosk at National Mall in Washington D.C.

I really love that the Thomas Jefferson Monument is in the background of this picture. Looming, yet far away. A bit of a parable for today and Jefferson’s impact on the United States in general.

The United States Treasury Building – 1969

Today’s picture is a vintage photo of the United States Treasury Building from April 1969. It looks like it’s from an mid-Spring trip the photographer took to Washington D.C. While in line to get into the White House, he snapped this picture.

Treasury Building, Washington D.C.

In 1969, David M. Kennedy was Secretary of the Treasury. He worked over saw operations in the Treasury Building.

For most people the operations inside this building are probably pretty boring. The Federal finances are managed here. Taxes, duties and other money paid to the United States are collected here, and all of the US’s bills are paid from this building. Workers here also manage the US’s currency from printing, storing, shipping and destruction.

The building itself is an historic one. Several rooms have been restored to their former grandeur including the Burglar-Proof Vault, the Salmon P. Chase Suite where President Lincoln and Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase met during the Civil War, and the Cash Room that was used for President Grant’s Inaugural Reception and continues to be used to this day for meetings, receptions, press conferences and bill signing ceremonies.

Have you ever toured this building? How was it?

White House Tourists – 1969

White House Tourists – 1969

We saw a portion of this line of Tourists waiting to get into the White House before. This time we get to see an actual picture of the White House taken from the road in front of the South Lawn. These photos were taken in March 1969 so President Richard Nixon would have only been in office a few months at this point.

White House Tourists
The line looks like it wrapped around the block quite a ways. I have to wonder how long the wait was and how many people came to Washington D.C. just to visit the White House.

White House Tourists
The Treasury Building was first built between 1836 and 1842. It was designed by architect Robert Mills who is famous for the Washington Monument, a few Post Offices, the US Customhouse and several other buildings. Three more wings were added over the next few decades. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

White House
This is probably the single most famous view of the White House in Washington D.C. For some reason you rarely see pictures from the North Lawn.

Have you ever been able to visit inside the White House? I’ve only been to Washington D.C. once and only had a few hours of time so didn’t get inside unfortunately.

Washington Monument, Washington D.C. – 1969

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument stands on a little hill on the National Mall in Washington D.C. It stands due east of the Lincoln Memorial and the reflecting pool. To the north is the White House, and to the East is the Capitol Building.

It was erected in honor of the United State’s first president, George Washington. Construction started in 1848 but was halted in 1854 due to lack of funds, the Civil War, and politics. Construction began again in 1877 but this has left a discoloration in the monument due to the two different types of marble used. Construction was finally completed December 6, 1884 and the monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885. It was finally opened October 9th, 1888, forty years later.

At it’s completion it was the world’s tallest structure until the Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889. It is still the world’s tallest stone structure, and the world’s tallest true obelisk. It also remains the tallest building in Washington D.C. due to the Height of Buildings Act of 1910 that restricts building heights in the city.

As of this writing, the Washington Monument is still closed to tourism after it was damaged an Earthquake on August 23, 2011. The damage was repaired, but further damage was discovered after Hurricane Irene the same years. The Park Service expects to have it opened to the public again in 2014.