Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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?