Here’s a fun view of the cherry blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial from an old postcard. It’s postmarked May 1968, but I don’t know when the photo was actually taken or who took it.
The shot was taken from the bank of the Tidal Basin to the southwest of the Jefferson Memorial. It still looks pretty similar today, although not quite the same. These days, water often laps over the top of the wall of the Tidal Basin in this section.
And these days you definitely wouldn’t find tourist buses pulled up next to the Jefferson Memorial like the ones at the far left of the photo.
It’s certainly a contrast to some of the other developments in Washington DC in 1968. It was a rough year for the city. It was the height of antiwar protests over Vietnam. There were riots in the streets less than 2 miles from where this photo was taken, in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. And LBJ announced he wasn’t running in that year’s election.
Want to Help Support DC's Cherry Trees?
If you'd like to help support the care and upkeep of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the Trust for The National Mall has launched an Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign. Donations go to the official Cherry Tree Endowment, which will give the National Park Service additional resources to fund the care, maintenance, and possible replacement of the cherry trees. You can find more information here.
The Trust is dedicated to marshaling private support for maintaining and improving the history National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.