Katie Buchanan, 5, was one of many waving Silver Line pennants outside the Wiehle-Reston station on the line’s opening day July 26. (Yue Wu/The Washington Post)

After years of anticipation, the Silver Line has already become another mundane part of Metro riders’ commutes.

Yet it was just a month ago today that exuberant children and train enthusiasts were earnestly waving pennants as they waited to board the first train on opening day. Pennant swag is nothing new — the tradition dates back to Metro’s groundbreaking on Dec. 9, 1969.

The transit agency dug into its archives to show us some of the fabulously of-their-time relics. Remember any of these?


Pennant photos courtesy Metro.

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