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What Navy Yard Looked Like During Its (First) Heyday

Yesterday—the same day that a 1,000 pound unexploded military ordnance was found during the excavation of Navy Yard—this video of that whole area made the rounds on Twitter. The only difference is the video was shot in 1952 and shows the area when it was actively manufacturing weapons. For a neighborhood that is on the cusp of a resurgence with residential and retail spaces it is a neat look back at the over one hundred acres of Navy Yard when it was bustling with forgers, casters, and gun makers. There's nine minutes of nostalgia waiting for you after the jump

· Suspicious Package at Site of Future Harris Teeter Turns Out to be 1,000-Pound Military Ordnance [DCist]
· The Naval Gun Factory (1952) - Part 1 [YouTube via @GarberDC]

Photos from YouTube and DCist