10 october 1968 & city's public affairs office rebrands w/ revised booklet
""The purpose of this booklet is to provide a clearer understanding of the District of Columbia—its local government, its history and its dual role as the nation’s capital and as an American city.”
Walter E. Washington
Mayor of the District of Columbia
#OTD-ish 6 October 1968 The Public Affairs Office of the District of Columbia Government distributed the revised edition of District of Columbia City and Capital.
The above quote by Mayor Washington appeared on the first page of the booklet under a large, official photograph. On the last page are photographs of the nine City Council members: John W. Hechinger, Chairman (white); Walter Fauntroy, Vice-Chairman; Stanley J. Anderson; Philip J. Daugherty (white); Margaret A. Haywood; John A. Nevius (white); Polly Shackleton (white); William S. Thompson; Joseph P. Yeldell.
It is a fascinating amalgam of marketing, boosterism, history and visuality. Most of the photographs are building-focused and touristy. The few images of people feature mostly whites. This choice seems deliberate since the city was less than 30% white.
Your comments are welcome below. Do you, a family member or neighbor remember seeing this booklet? Do you have a copy? Did you work for the city’s Public Affairs office or another office in 1968? Did you work on this booklet? Do you know where the booklet was distributed? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy Marya Annette McQuirter Collection. I found the booklet on eBay.
District of Columbia Government, District of Columbia City and Capital October 1968 (revised).