Monthly Archives: January 2012

Thanks For the Encouragement

Grand Review of the Armies - May 1865

Okay, it turns out it’s not exactly easy to crank out two or three posts each day. So far, I’m averaging three posts daily and maybe one or two on Saturday and Sunday. Usually one of the posts is a …

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Bathing Suit Police at the Tidal Basin

Beach Policeman (1922)

Here’s an amazing shot I found on Shorpy (what an amazing site), taken at the Tidal Basin bathing beach in 1922. The photograph is Washington police officer Bill Norton measuring the distance between the knee and the swimsuit. Colonel Sherrill, …

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The Grand Review of the Armies (May, 1865)

Grand Review of the Armies - May 1865

The Grand Review of the Armies happened on May 23rd and 24th, 1865 after the formal end of The Civil War. Much of the Union Army paraded through the streets of Washington (most importantly, Pennsylvania Ave.), much to the cheers …

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You Want Oysters? Back in 1890, You’d Go to Alexandria

Oyster advertisements in the Alexandria Gazette

Reading this makes me a little hungry. I was scanning the old Alexandria Gazette (2 cents!) from December 4th, 1890 and noticed that they have an entire column dedicated to oyster advertisements. Mrs. Rammel has quite a variety of them …

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Lady Bird Johnson Home Movies From the 1960s

Lyndon Baines Johnson

The description below is cut straight from YouTube. This is a home movie from Lady Bird Johnson during the 1960s. The LBJ Library has an entire YouTube channel dedicated to these, so check them out. They’re also on Twitter and …

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Nixon: I Am Not a Crook

Richard Nixon

I really wanted to start by skewing these posts towards more anonymous D.C. residents, but I keep coming across gold on YouTube like this. I promise to return to more posts on hidden and lost Washington, but you have to …

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Coke Dandruff Cure (1902)

Coke Dandruff Cure

This is a wild advertisement that I came across in The Evening Times (back then they’d publish the paper a couple times each day). Coke Dandruff Cure? Okay, my interest is piqued … what is that?

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