Capitol Lens: Christmas Past

Posted December 6, 2011 at 4:51pm

The first thing one notices about the 1913 edition of the Capitol Christmas Tree is that it lacks the robustness of its modern brethren. It also was displayed on the East Front rather than the current practice of placing it on the West Front, facing the National Mall. But, as the man on the bicycle demonstrates, one thing hasn’t changed: People still stop by to take a look.