Wednesday, December 8, 2010

White House


Assuming that the picture of John F. Kennedy's grave was taken sometime in the spring of 1964, I'm guessing this picture of the White house was taken in the same time frame. I'm about 99% sure this was taken by my aunt from the top of the Washington Memorial since a quick Google of those two sites produces hundreds of similarly framed photos. Modern day photos show a much more groomed lawn and fewer trees. The area of the lawn up close to the White House in this picture is now much wider, wide enough for the Marine One, the presidential helicopter to safely set down to deliver the president to and from his activities. Years ago when I toured the White House, the most prominent thing from that visit still in my memory banks, was walking along a path winding through bunkers topped with military men with machine guns to get to the door we entered. Because I don't see any of that in this picture or modern day versions of this picture, I can only assume that it was somewhere along the backside. Anyone else remember that from a tour? Do they still give tours?

6 comments:

R. Sherman said...

I think I've got the photo, ca. 1993ish.

Cheers.

sage said...

I don't know if my parents have that photo--but I do remember going up in the Washington Monument for the first time around 1967.

Vince said...

For what it's worth. All houses of such design are very effective fortifications with a combo of Star fort and warship features.
At the time of their building. You had about five different mobile arms and each one is treated for in the design. Well below ground there will be a thick roofed wine cellar really a magazine, which could be got to even if the upper floors were on top of it. Very strong floors but with removable partition walls. And there should be hoisting points all around the building. Said today, for lifting pianos and the like, but for lifting of small cannon.
Outside there will be killing grounds and the ground work will cause any attack to be filtered into them.
Originally there would have been no trees near the house.
While any attack if strong enough would succeed, what the building would do is seriously hamper progress. And the defensive posture of the house would not be in isolation, there was close support relatively near.

Vince said...

An 1822 map http://cartweb.geography.ua.edu:9001/StyleServer/calcrgn?cat=North%20America%20and%20United%20States&item=States/Washingtondc/WashingtonDC1822b.sid&wid=500&hei=400&props=item%28Name,Description%29,cat%28Name,Description%29&style=simple/view-dhtml.xsl

see how near the creek they built the house.

Ed said...

Vince - I couldn't get the link to work but I've always read in history books that Washington DC was built in lowlands that were almost swamp like in nature.

Vince said...

try historical maps of washington dc a link to Alabama edu will bring you to a group of v-early maps. But I suspect you can access the smithsonian or the like. central point though. If you get a militery engineer to bild you a house dont be suprised if there are aspects of the fort about it.