Monthly Archives: February 2012

Robert H. Muir: Manager of The Cairo

Robert H. Muir's World War I Draft Registration Card (

There were a couple of requests a short while back to do a post on The Cairo, the most famous residential building in the city. You can Google it or check it out on Wikipedia, so no need to do …

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The First Mayor of Washington — Robert Brent

Robert Brent

Most people don’t know this, but prior to home rule in 1973, Washington did have mayors, the first of whom was Robert Brent. Brent was part of the Carroll family of Maryland — a prominent catholic family that gave much …

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Planes Collide Near National Airport Killing 55; D.C. Loses Home Rule Advocate

Easter Air Lines DC-4

A horrific air disaster occurred on November 1st, 1949 near National Airport. An inbound passenger flight from Boston collided with a small military plane, killing everyone on board. This was the front page article of the Washington Post the following …

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Open House For 13th and Harvard St. NW Homes (1905)

13th and Harvard St. NW advertisement (1905)

This is awesome. Maybe you’re going to hit up a few open houses today? Well, check this old advertisement out. This part is great, advertising your potential new neighbors in Columbia Heights: Elegant residences of Congressmen Prince, Gardner, Hermann, Hogg, …

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Our Five Most Popular Posts … and Five Duds

Abraham Lincoln colorized (1865)

This blog is 150 posts deep now and I’d like to go back and revisit some of the more popular posts. Out of the top 20 posts, 11 were If Walls Could Talk entries and the top two in that …

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Lips That Touch Liquor Shall Not Touch Ours

Anti-Saloon League slogan

December 10th, 1913 — Over 4,000¬†Temperance¬†movement and Prohibition supporters marched in Washington, demanding a new constitutional amendment banning alcohol consumption in the United States. A demonstration of this size had never been seen before. They marched to the Capitol, where …

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Gas for Lighting and Heating: Buy Now, Pay Later

Washington Gas Light Co. advertisement (1906)

Here’s an old advertisement from the Washington Times. This ad for gas lighting and heating ran in the March 2nd, 1906 newspaper. You could choose to have gas fixtures installed throughout your home and have the entire cost amortized over …

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Ludington Airlines Sets New World Passenger Mark

Ludington Airlines advertisement

Almost 80 years ago, Washington had an express airline with service to New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore. At cruising speed, Ludington Airlines was able to get you up to the New York City within two hours — an astonishing feat …

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