Monthly Archives: February 2012

54 Rhode Island Ave. NW

I've always been fascinated by this building on Rhode Island Ave. It looks like something that belongs in New Orleans with the two-tiered porch. Life begins as an apartment buildin...

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

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 the bui...

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 cath...

U2 live in 1980

Yep, that's right. Paul (aka, Bono), Adam, Larry and David (aka, The Edge) rocked the nation's capital in the early 80s. The Irish supergroup was less super back then, playing small (much smaller)...

U.S. and Iraqi representatives standing on porch of White House (May 28th, 1945)

Here's an interesting story from the end of World War II. Near the end of the war, the Crowned Prince of Iraq, Abdul Ilah was due to visit Washington and newly inaugurated President Truman (Roosevelt...

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 f...

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: Eleg...

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 category were f...

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 dem...

Union Station (1908)

Did you enjoy how we ended last week? I thought it was important to teach you the history of U street (you really clicked "Why Is It Named U Street?"). Well, this week you learned that Ron Paul had...

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