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The National Archives Just Released These GIFs of Old-Time DC—and They’re Awesome

GIFS are now among our nation's greatest treasures.

The US National Archives hold a trove of fascinating documents and records. And until today, that collection was frustratingly light on GIFs.

No longer. GIPHY, the world’s largest library of GIFs, has released 86 GIFs that bring the National Archives’ holdings to life. Here are some that capture historic DC moments.

Imagine the view from this little plane:

Two amazing glimpses of the March on Washington:


The National Archives’ doors:


The grand National Archives building in summertime:


Okay, so these last ones don’t directly relate to DC—but we love’em:

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Maxine is an editorial fellow passionate about covering food, news, and politics. Her work has also been published in Forbes, Marie Claire, and Inside Higher Ed. She recently graduated from Brown University with honors in nonfiction writing.