Monthly Archives: January 2012

Gas range avertisement 1916

If you live in the D.C. metropolitan area, and you pay bills, chances are, you're paying Washington Gas (formerly known as Washington Gas Light Company). They've been serving the area for close to 160...

Smithsonian Castle (1900)

Bad weather keeping you inside? Me too ... maybe you're having a beer at Toledo Lounge, Meridian Pint or Church Key (make sure you order a DC Brau). Unfortunately, I'm not. If you're like me, stuck...

Proposed Executive Mansion sponsored by Mary Foote Henderson

Here's a good one from the Library of Congress archives. It's a drawing of the proposed new Executive Mansion, to be built on Meridian Hill (where the park is today). It looks quite ostentatious for A...

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Chalk this up to our incredible Library of Congress. A silent film by Thomas Edison, shot on March 4th, 1901 at the Capitol. This one is quite blurry, but this is over a hundred years ago. It's pretty...

Old Post Office (1900)

Here's a cool short post to end this Friday. I was scanning Shorpy and came across this photograph. I think it's amazing. The building was built between 1892 and 1899. This photo was taken a year late...

Big Bear Cafe

Big Bear Cafe is a lovely coffee shop which has warmed up Bloomingdale residents since 2007. It's a favorite of many in the neighborhood and, for better or worse, people in other neighborhoods (this P...

The Looking Glass

This next installment of "If Walls Could Talk" will be the Petworth watering hole, The Looking Glass Lounge. This is one of my favorite places for a Sunday afternoon beer, especially in the warmer mon...

Pabst Blue Ribbon advertisement - 1903

This is the beer you'll see dominating bars like Solly's, Red Palace or Wonderland. So this short "Old Ads and Classifieds" post is for them. Pabst was a much larger brewery in the early 1900s and thi...

Saving Daylight! postcard (1918)

We haven't always had daylight savings ... back in 1918, there was debate on Capitol Hill about time zones and daylight savings. Interestingly enough, we did not have standardized time zones until the...

File this one away in the historic candids section. On May 30th, 1922 and at the advanced age of 78, Robert Todd Lincoln is seen arriving at the dedication of the memorial to his father Abraham Lincol...

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