Now and a Long Time Ago: 33rd and N St.

This week on Now and a Long Time Ago, GM heads back to Camelot. Or rather just before.

GM’s never been a huge fan of the Kennedy nostalgia, particularly as it relates to their connection with Georgetown. There were a lot more interesting things going on in the neighborhood back then and the obsession of everything Kennedy is more than a little creepy.

That said, GM has always liked the photo from 1959 of Kennedy swooping one-year-old Caroline up in his arms as Jackie watches on in front of their home on N St. It’s by Mark Shaw, who took many intimate portraits of the family.

Now with his own one-year-old daughter, whom he also loves to swoop up in the air, GM’s fondness for this shot has grown.

Little has changed physically from 1959. The side-porch of the house on the right was enclosed, and (as is almost always the case with these now-and-then-shots) there is far less tree coverage.

Kennedy ran for president from this house, and left it to head to his inauguration on a freezing and snowy January day less than two years later.

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2 responses to “Now and a Long Time Ago: 33rd and N St.

  1. That photo by Mark Shaw is a good one.

  2. Bob Harris

    Not sure that street tree in the 1959 picture is such a big loss. The 2013 house looks much more inviting. I guess that might be because the picture is brighter and in color. Trees are wonderful, but some streets (think Q Street between 30th and 31st) seem quite gloomy to me, especially in the summertime.

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