Image Vault: D.C. in the 1940s

See what D.C. was like in the early 1940s with these vintage images.

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Let's take a look back at what D.C. was like in the early 1940s with these vintage images from the Library of Congress.
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1943: The U.S. Supreme Court Building in D.C.
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Believe Images by Kash
1943: A woman puts on her lipstick in a park with Union Station behind her.
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1943: The Columbus Fountain and statue in front of Union Station.
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1941: A Boy Scout stands in front of Capitol. They helped out by delivering posters to assist the war effort. Photo by John Rous.
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1941: Three Boy Scouts do their part to help the war effort. Photo by John Rous.
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1941-42: Children aiming sticks as guns, lined up against a brick building in D.C.
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1941-42: Children hang out in the streets of Washington. Photo by Louise Rosskam.
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1943: The steps of the Pan American Building in D.C. Photo by John Collier.
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1943: The Columbus Statue in front of Union Station in D.C.
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1941-42: A house in Washington. Photo by Louise Rosskam.
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1941-42: A laundry, barbershop and store in D.C. Photo by Louise Rosskam.
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1943: A soldier and a woman sit in a park, with the Old [Russell] Senate Office Building behind them in the District.
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1943: The War Department Building at 21st and Virginia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
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1941-42: Shulman's Market, located on N Street at Union Street in Southwest. Photo by Louise Rosskam.
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1941-42: A car parked in front of Shulman's Market, located on N Street at Union Street in Southwest. Photo by Louise Rosskam.
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1943: The garden of the Pan American Union Building. Photo by John Collier.
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1943: The National Gallery of Art.
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1943: Building of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
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1941-42: Children sit on rowhouse steps in D.C. Photo by Louise Rosskam.
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1942: Troops at the Memorial Day Parade in Washington, probably along Constitution Avenue. Photo by Royden Dixon.
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1943: The Memorial Bridge, looking from the Virginia side of the Potomac River across to the Lincoln Memorial.
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The Innocence Project
1941-42: A rowhouse or school in D.C. Note the Air Raid Warden sign on the side of the building. Photo by Louise Rosskam.
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1943: The courtyard of the Pan American Building in D.C.
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1941-42: Rowhouses near the corner of N and Union streets in southwest Washington. Photo by Louise Rosskam.
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