Cherry Blossom Scrapbook: 1941 Edition

The Cherry Blossom Festival is a time-honored tradition. Let's take a trip back to 1941 to see what the Tidal Basin looked like back then.

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Wayne Johnson
What was it like to be at the Tidal Basin when the cherry trees bloomed back in 1941? Check out the pictures from the Library of Congress.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
Tourists were out in full force in 1941, as well.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
Families enjoy walking along the water.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
Kicking back and relaxing. Didn't seem to be as many photographers out back then...
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
We stand corrected. A woman gets that perfect shot...
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
A man sets up shop. Send your picture home to friends and family!
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
Three sisters admire the blossom view.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
Sailors and friends hang out among the blossoms.
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Getty Images
Two guys trying not to look too excited.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
A family relaxes amongst the cherry blossoms.
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National Park Service
The Tidal Basin hasn't changed a whole lot.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
Cameras weren't easy to use back then, apparently.
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AP
Notice the style. Everyone's in suits.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
The woman on the left looks a little flustered.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
No digital cameras here.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
The actual caption for this picture: "Geeze Mac, these remind me." Not really sure what that means.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
It really looks like she's taking a picture with her cell phone...
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
We're not really sure what she's doing.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
The actual caption on this picture: "A big day, Mama: Easter bunnies, cherry blossoms and picture taking."
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
These guys look really confused.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
A soldier and his friend.
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Martha McMillan Roberts/Library of Congress
A great picture, no matter what decade.
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