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Historic Bird’s Eye View of The Library of Congress – Pic of the Week

While packing for my move, I ran across an encyclopedia set that I inherited from my grandmother. With an edition date of 1939, I found many of the entries fascinating, such as “The World War” and “Russia.” I looked under the “Washington, D.C.” entry and loved this picture of the Capitol Complex taken from an airplane. In it you can see the Capitol, a couple of House and Senate buildings, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court. However, what you can’t see is the Madison building where the Law Library of Congress is housed. The lower right-hand corner looks to be rowhouses and trees!

Looking North over the Capitol in 1939

Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia

1939 Edition

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