God bless YouTube. The internet has gifted history buffs with this decades-old home movie footage of a family vacation to Washington, DC. It’s beyond charming and offers a glimpse at a number of landmarks through the lens of the 1960s.

Likely shot with a Kodak Super 8 movie camera, the footage features the Washington Monument, the Capitol, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Eternal Flame at John F. Kennedy’s grave site. We’re also treated to views of vintage cars and beehive hairstyles at a rest stop.

In a curious creative decision, the silent footage has been supplemented with an — ahem, interesting — soundtrack of jubilant electronic music. Viewers might want to mute the audio and watch with Pandora’s “60s Oldies” playlist, featuring The Four Tops, The Supremes and Sam Cooke. 

Follow @bbhdc for more looks at Washington, DC, past and present.

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