Exhibit of Vintage D.C. Postcards feature Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Collections

View northeast over the Tidal Basin to the Washington Monument, Burea of Engraving and Printing, 1910  by A.C. Bosselman & Company (PC RI TIdBas 02). The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

View northeast over the Tidal Basin to the Washington Monument and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 1910. Postcard by A.C. Bosselman & Company (PC RI .TidBas02). The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

On Monday, July 17, 2017 the American Institute of Architects, DC (AIA|DC) held their reception for Wish You Were Here: Vintage Postcards of Washington, D.C. which opened at their District Architecture Center. The exhibit takes visitors on a visual journey through the Washington, D.C. of yesteryear using early-to-mid 20th century postcards. This exploration is comprised of over 300 reproductions from the collections of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the D.C. Public Library and the National Building Museum. The exhibit examines tourism in the nation’s capital by highlighting different themes including sightseeing, transportation, street scenes, museum and government buildings, commercial establishments, sacred spaces, and parks.

AIA|DC also invites the public to become part of the exhibit by sending in their own postcards of their summer travels or from friends and family abroad. For details about submitting postcards see directions from AIA|DC here.

You can view a selection of the postcards from our collection as part of the exhibit below – make sure to catch it in its entirety before it closes on Friday, September 8, 2017!

Washington National Airport Terminal. View to the east, ca. 1940-1950 from Washington News Company Colourpicture. The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Washington National Airport Terminal -view to the east, ca. 1940-1950. Postcard from Washington News Company Colourpicture (PC AI .N2). The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Municipal (District) Building on the southeast corner of E and 14th Streets NW, 1910 (PC GDC .MuniB04). Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Municipal Building on the southeast corner of E and 14th Streets NW, 1910 (PC GDC .MuniB04). Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Aerial view northwest over the Potomac River with Key, and Aqueduct Bridges to Georgetown waterfront. Postcard from the Union News Company/Tichnor Quality Views. Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Aerial view northwest over the Potomac River with Key, and Aqueduct Bridges to Georgetown waterfront. Postcard from the Union News Company/Tichnor Quality Views (PC BR .Key02). Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Scene in Rock Creek Park with automobile crossing ford. Postcard from B. S. Reynolds Co. (PC RI .RockCrk03A). The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Scene in Rock Creek Park with automobile crossing ford. Postcard from B. S. Reynolds Co. (PC RI .RockCrk03A). The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.