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    Posted April 4, 2010 by
    Washington, District of Columbia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Weekend assignment: Past and present

    Looking Into the Past: Scenes from Washington, DC


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jasonepowell, the man behind the inspiration for the Past and Present assignment, runs the Looking into the Past group on Flickr. He participated in the challenge too, walking around Washington D.C. this weekend. While there are lots of historic buildings in Washington, some areas haven’t been preserved. “Pennsylvania Avenue used to have a lot more character than it does now,” he said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Photos were all taken on April 3, 2010.


    1. Miss Atlantic City, Miss Philadelphia and Miss Washington, DC gather in front of Union Station.  Miss Washington, DC (Margaret Gorman - the first Miss America) is joined by Ethel Charles and Nellie Orr.  And, as someone on Shorpy astutely notices, Jed Clampett.


    Nothing other than some light fixtures has changed here.  Good.  Union Station doesn't need the help.


    Original photo taken in 1921, courtesy of the Library of Congress and discovered via


    2. Well, aside from what appears to be some erosion on this hill, not much has changed.  Trees and bushes have grown, which is to be expected.


    Quick aside: the Capitol is fantastic.  Especially on a beautiful spring day.  Be sure to visit if you get the chance.


    Original photo taken in 1924, courtesy of the Library of Congress.


    3. Other than the Willard (the imposing structure on the left - one of the most beautiful buildings in Washington), everything here is gone.  Instead, we have an ugly Marriott.  Wonderful.


    The building that is on the far right in the original photo is the original Washington Post building, btw.


    I don't have this aligned properly because the square that the original shot was taken from is gone, and alignment was impossible.


    Original image taken in 1920, courtesy of the Library of Congress, and discovered via

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