Awesome Washington, D.C. 50 Years Ago [Photos]


H Street, NE, at 15th Street

Some recently discovered Awesome photographs show what commuting was like three generations ago in Washington, D.C. area. wow! looking at the photos, I feel so young 🙂 

The photos from the 1940s, 50s and ’60s, released by DDOT show Georgetown as a factory town with smokestacks and industrial yards, and Rosslyn with just a few one-story buildings and some dirt roads. 

Another photo shows Connecticut Avenue, just south of Dupont Circle, with street cars entering their own tunnels in the center of the road. Others show Tenley Circle nearly devoid of traffic, and H Street NE before the riots, when it was a vibrant commercial district. 

Enjoy them: 

Minnesota & Pennsylvania Avenues


H Street, NE, at 15th Street


South Capitol Street & I-295


South Dakota Avenue


A line of people at C Street


Barney Circle


Washington Hilton


Washington Hilton


Southwest Expressway


F Street, NW


F Street, NW


Georgetown waterfront


F Street, NW


Key Bridge


Barney Circle


Barney Circle


9th St & Florida Ave


Tenley Circle


East Capitol Street


Tenley Circle


H Street, NE


Barney Circle


North Capitol Street


Connecticut Avenue, NW,


I wonder how 14 & K looked like where my favorite nightclub in DC, Lima located. The best part of the video is from 4:13 to 4:18 🙂 :

and, of course all the Washingtonian babes in Lima 🙂


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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

2 Responses to Awesome Washington, D.C. 50 Years Ago [Photos]

  1. pinhead says:

    wow this is very interesting

  2. Bruce Fakhari says:

    Kkeli gashangeh! No girls in micro minis back then?

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