1957: A Different Time

From Pinup Girls to Presidential Meals, Roll Call’s Coverage Has Changed

Posted June 25, 2004 at 1:35pm

While Roll Call’s focus has always been Capitol Hill, the way it has been covered has changed since the early days.

Sure, in 1957 there were updates on Congressional races and budget battles, as there are now, but back then Roll Call also had the “Hill Pinups,” a page 3 feature that debuted in 1957. Usually a young, and almost always single, female staffer in a Congressional office, “Hill Pinups” spotlighted a different Hillite in every issue. Other standouts from 1957: Rep. William Widnall’s recounting of President Dwight Eisenhower’s meal on the Hill (far left) and some shockingly low real estate prices (above) for Capitol Hill homes.