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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Well Connected: 1922

Well Connected: 1922

December 19, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Rep. Vincent M. Brennan of Michigan listening in at his office to the debates on the floor of the House. Mr. Brennan has introduced a resolution providing for broadcasting to the country of the proceedings and debates of Congress through the Navy Air Station at Arlington." This is Harris & Ewing's version of the scene first glimpsed here four years ago in a National Photo glass plate. View full size.

 

Tourist Attraction

Based on this brochure, the towers rated as much attention as the monuments and cherry trees in those halcyon days of unrestricted airspace.

At least that's what he tells people-

But he's probably really listening to Paul Whiteman and his orchestra.

The Arlington (Virginia) station

has also been on Shorpy before:
http://www.shorpy.com/node/5457

a.k.a. NAA Arlington, Radio Fort Myer, Radio Virginia, The Three Sisters.

The towers were dismantled in 1941 to clear the airspace around the then new Washington National Airport, but the base of one, up to the first "platform" was left standing for several more years.

The land they occupied is now the "Towers Park", a doggy park.

 
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