The Library of Congress on Flickr is, to me, without exaggeration, one of the awesomest things on the internet and in the world: scanned prints of historic public domain photos, uploaded for the community to openly view, tag, and comment.
This particular photo from 1943 especially caught my eye; a woman applying lipstick by a planter near the Senate Garage Fountain, with Union Station in the background. That’s just a few blocks from where we now live, so Amy and I couldn’t resist walking over and trying to duplicate the shot in the present day: (click the photo thumbs to see them larger on their Flickr pages.)
This was in February, so Amy is wearing somewhat heavier clothing than the Lipstick Lady (and no hat), and I was a bit off on angle and zoom, but it’s all close enough. The park between here and Union Station has since gained many more trees, and the grounds appear to have been repaved with a new pattern since the 1940s, but other than that, the area looks essentially the same — note the lamp post.
Any other DC scenes from LOC that you want to see as they are in the modern day?