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Historical monuments and landmarks of the Washington DC area as seen in the early 1950s

A female Air Force service member walks up to a IBM Card Sorter with a stack of punch cards. She loads the card sorting machine and presses the start button. Early computing punch cards fall into various slots. She transcribes information from these cards and hands forms to officer at a desk. Sergeant sitting at desk, talks to an Airman. View of U.S. Capitol building and Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Tourists look at Lincoln statue in LIncoln Memorial. View of National Mall and reflecting pool. Man takes picture of woman with Washington Monument in the background. View of the Jefferson Memorial, and then across the river in Arlington Virginia, a view of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Airman stands in front of church. Close up views of 1953 license plates on cars from various states including California, Wyoming, Iowa, Texas, Tennessee, and the Canal Zone. View of various embassy buildings in Washington DC. View of the White House. Large crowd of visitors walk down the North entrance drive in front of the White House. U.S. military servicemen riding in a bus. Bus stops at drop off area in front of Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, in Alexandria, Virginia. Sign board reads "Mount Vernon Home of George Washington." Service members touring on grounds of Mount Vernon, and exterior views of front of main house at Mount Vernon, with service members seated on chair on porch, and looking out at the scenic Potomac River from the porch. View of information center building at Bolling Air Force Base, and a woman inside giving information on sight-seeing to service members. Military service members standing outside the entrance at the base of the Washington Monument. Wide view of Supreme Court building. Another sign board reads "National Zoological Park" in front of the National Zoo. Tourists view a giraffe inside the Washington Zoo. 1950s car drives through shallow water cascading over road in Rock Creek Parkway area. Elevated view of a parade in Washington DC as military units pass in review.

Date: 1953
Duration: 3 min 29 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Film 'Its What You Make It' shows exterior and interior views of the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia, outside Washington DC

Film 'Its What You Make It' opens with an aerial view of the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia, near Washington DC. Cars parked in the foreground. Officers and women walk up the stairs of Pentagon. Civilian and military coats hang on coat rack. Military and civilian personnel perform clerical duties in the Pentagon. Personnel gathered around a Pentagon conference table. Flags of many nations in the background. Lieutenant General E.O. Donnell Jr, United States Air Force speaks at his desk.

Date: 1953
Duration: 1 min 28 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Various operation centers in the Pentagon, including Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting area at the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia.

Personnel walk into a room in the Pentagon. Sign over a door reads 'Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff'. Airman works at draft table. Military personnel operating business machines and various communications equipment in the Pentagon. Sign over entrance at Headquarters USAF Communications Center and then also entrance of the Army Communications Center in the Pentagon. Military personnel talking, standing at a counter. Telephone operators and communication operators at work with large business machines. Hat rack with hats belonging to officers of various Nations. Joint Chiefs of staffs General Ridgway, Army; General Twining, Air force; Chairman Admiral Radford, Navy; General Cates converse with each other. Servicemen entering the Pentagon from the Potomac River entrance side.

Date: 1953
Duration: 1 min 9 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Aerial view of historical buildings and monuments in Washington DC.

A DC-3 lands at Washington-Hoover airport, precursor to Washington National Airport. Lee Mansion and the grounds of Arlington Cemetery are visible in the background. Shadow of blimp airship over landscape of Northern Virginia. Aerial view of the United States Capitol Building, D.C. downtown, Union Station and 14th Street Bridge as seen from a blimp. Point of view shots inside blimp cockpit, looking out and down on Washington DC landmarks. Aerial view from blimp of the Highway Bridge swing-span through-truss bridge, roughly in the 14th Street Bridge area (The "Highway Bridge" no longer exists). Aerial view from blimp of Arlington Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington Cemetery. View inside Arlington Memorial Amphitheater. A guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.

Date: 1936
Duration: 52 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: None
 
 
Former Estate of General Robert E Lee and grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

View of a statue of American General Ulysses S Grant. Scene changes to show the former estate home of General Robert E Lee (Arlington House, or the Custis-Lee Mansion, and later the Robert E. Lee Memorial) seen on a hill in Arlington National Cemetery, with grave markers nearby. A view of many graves on a sloping hillside of the cemetery. Flowers adorn an area inside the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater at the cemetery. A small group of visitors stands near the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier at Arlington. View of the Washington monument faintly in the distance, and the Potomac River in the distance. Flowers placed at the tomb.

Date: 1921
Duration: 52 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Montage of scenes depicting U.S. military weapons in the Korean War era.

Segment of U.S. Army public information television program called, "The Big Picture." Army cameraman records firing of a Nike missile. Atomic cannon fires shell creating atomic explosion and classic mushroom cloud. Army troops exit Sikorsky YH-19 helicopters. Infantrymen climb a hill while firing rifles in unison. Animated rotating world globe. Sergeant Stuart Queen emphasizes that, in spite of new weapon systems, the individual soldier is the essential element of the Army. Technicians in missile launch control blockhouse observe launch of a missile from steel tower. View from inside the structure of missile rising, and then of smoke as it heads skyward. Radar units and cameras tracking the missile. Views from a missile, of the ground below, as it accelerates upwards. More tracking cameras. A Matador missile being launched. A Viking missile being launched. Test of anti-aircraft missile launched horizontally, striking nearby target with explosion. A thermonuclear weapon test explosion. A Corporal missile being launched. Sophisticated electronic tracking equipment employed at desert test site. Convair experimental XFY Pogo seen in vertical takeoff during trials. Anti-aircraft missile, fired from Navy ship, strikes drone target aircraft, which falls in flames. Technician stands before a virtual wall of electronic equipment. Army Signal Corps television cameraman captures field maneuvers of Landing Vehicles Tracked (LVTs) and an M4 Sherman tank. A High-flying warplane fires an air-to-air missile destroying a drone aircraft target that falls in flames. Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. America's top military leaders sit around a table. At the head, is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Arthur William Radford. To his right are: General Nathan F. Twining, USAF, and Admiral Robert B. Carney, Chief of Naval Operations (back to camera). To Radford's left are General Lyman Lemnitzer, Army chief of Staff, and General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Commandant of the Marine Corps. Views of U.S. Navy warships firing heavy guns. A South Dakota Class Battleship firing her 16-inch guns. Navy aircraft being catapulted from the USS Ranger (CV-61). Gun camera view from aircraft firing guns. A USAF B-52 bomber in flight. Bombs falling from open bomb bay of bomber in flight and carpeting the ground with explosions. Low flying USAF aircraft demonstrating ground-support bombing techniques, dropping napalm and explosive bombs.

Date: 1953
Duration: 5 min 53 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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