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Good as New: 1918

Good as New: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. Naval medical hospital on Observatory Hill (near current site of the Kennedy Center). View full size. National Photo Company.


Observatory Hill

About 2.5 miles north of site of Kennedy Center.

Observatory Hill is current location of U.S. Naval Observatory, as well as Vice President's residence.

North of Georgetown just off of Wisconsin Ave.

[There's more than one Observatory Hill in Washington. The site at 2300 E Street NW (#14 on this map), about a thousand feet from the Kennedy Center, is where the old naval observatory was. Not the current one where the VP lives. - Dave]

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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