Washington DC: Silberne Souvenir Sales, Inc., c1973. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Post Card. Format is approximately 6 inches by 4 inches. Front side is a color photograph of the Watergate Complex. The reverse side is divided into two sections. The right side has a place for a stamp and an address [not filled in] The left side has an image of the Capitol and the White House and the text: The Watergate Affair Watergate Office Building Howard Johnson Motel Where It All Happened. Center top has an notation Washington Our Nation's Capital S-278-C. The center line states Published by Silberne Souvenir Sales, Inc. Washington. D.C. 20018. Mickey Silberman had been selling souvenirs ever since he got out of the Army during World War II. He has run Silberne Sales Co. of Washington, which claims to be the region's largest wholesale souvenir distributor. His biggest competitor was
Capsco Inc. of Washington. The Watergate complex is a group of six buildings in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in the United States. Covering a total of 10 acres (4 ha) adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the buildings include:
Watergate West (2700 Virginia Avenue NW), cooperative apartments.
Watergate 600 (600 New Hampshire Ave NW), office building.
Watergate Hotel (2650 Virginia Avenue NW).
Watergate East (2500 Virginia Avenue NW), cooperative apartments.
Watergate South (700 New Hampshire Avenue NW), cooperative apartments.
Watergate Office Building (2600 Virginia Ave NW), the office building where the Watergate burglary happened.
Built between 1963 and 1971, the Watergate was considered one of Washington's most desirable living spaces, popular with members of Congress and political appointees of the executive branch. The complex has been sold several times since the 1980s. During the 1990s, it was subdivided and its component buildings and parts of buildings were sold to various owners. In 1972, the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, then located on the sixth floor of the Watergate Office Building, was burglarized; private campaign documents were photographed and telephones were wiretapped. The U.S. Senate investigation into the burglary revealed that high officials in the administration of President Richard Nixon had ordered the break-in and later tried to cover up their involvement. Additional crimes were also uncovered. The Watergate scandal, named after the complex, resulted in Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974. The name "Watergate" and the suffix "-gate" have since become synonymous with and applied by journalists to controversial topics and scandals in the United States and elsewhere, even extending to contexts where English is not a major language. Condition: Very good.
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