National Geographic : 1949 Jan
78 National Geographic IPhotographer Luis Marden Sight-seers in the Washington Monument Peer at the Flying Cameraman His helicopter hovers close to catch this unusual view of the National Capital's most conspicuous landmark. The cap of pure aluminum is 555 feet above the ground. To remove weather stains the giant shaft gets soap-and water baths. Pillared buildings are the Department of Commerce (left) and Labor Department Auditorium (right).