Monthly Archives: January 2012

If Walls Could Talk: The Green House at 2515 Cliffbourne Pl. NW – Part 1

The "Rainbow Row" of homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW

This is the first in a four-part series of posts covering the colorful homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW, between Calvert St. and Biltmore St. You’ve seen these before, the green, yellow, red and blue homes, perfectly complementing each other. I …

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Plane Crash in Anacostia Kills Two


Came across is crazy photo on Shorpy. This happened on November 9th, 1938 when two aviators, Lieutenant Colonel Leslie MacDill and Private Joseph G. Gloxner burned to death in, what was then, the worst aerial tragedy in the history of …

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The Old Hay-Adams House

Hay-Adams residence circa 1890

The corner of 16th and H St. NW wasn’t always dominated by the Hay-Adams hotel. Prior to the hotel being built in 1928, two large and beautiful Victorian homes sat on this corner, occupied by the Hay family and the …

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Great Civil War Photographs of Washington

Col. Benjamin F. Fisher and staff on steps of Signal Corps headquarters, 1816 F St., NW

Here is a great gallery of some Civil War photographs I uncovered at the Library of Congress. It appears that the Treasury Department is in the background of the Sanitary Commission photograph at 15th and F St. NW. Related articles …

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Cooling Off in Rock Creek


Here’s a photo of some kids having fun cooling off in Rock Creek. The photo is from July 28th, 1921 via Shorpy. These kids look like they’re having an awesome time and I’m guessing is one of those D.C. summer …

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Slippery When Wet … a Bus Flips on 16th St.

Overturned bus in Petworth (1921)

This is not good. Apparently the Washington Transit Company bus driver was going too fast to take a turn in the rain and this was the result. Does anyone else find it odd (and amusing) that folks are gathered around, …

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District National Bank Branch Office (1924)

District National Bank, Dupont Circle (1924)

WOW. This one is awesome. It’s a colorized photograph from 1924 and it shows cars lined up outside the District National Bank, Dupont Circle branch. I’ll need a little help locating exactly where this is. It’s highly likely that this building …

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