Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Unknown Soldier’s Arrival in Color (1921)

Unknown Soldier from World War I being taken from the USS Olympia at the Washington Navy Yard and transported to the US Capitol to lay in state (DC Public Commons)

Here’s a haunting and solemn colorized photo from 1921, much like the Lincoln photo I posted a while back. The Unknown Soldier from World War I had just arrived by ship at the Washington Navy Yard. The body was interred …

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Great Old Photos of the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Castle in the 1870s (Shorpy)

I came across so many wonderful old photos of the Smithsonian Castle while poking around different archives online. Here’s a sample of some of the best ones from trolling the Internet. Related articles The Smithsonian Castle … Lazy Saturday Afternoon …

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Making Sense of D.C. Taxes in 1840

Picture of Washington (1840)

I’m reading a very interesting book about Washington published in 1840 titled “A Picture of Washington.” I just got to the part where it starts talking about the taxes in the city … I have to share these with you …

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Titanic and Carpathia Ads in the Washington Post

Titanic survivors (history.com)

Wow, these are fascinating. This is the best “Old Ads and Classifieds” post yet. Scanning the Washington Post from February 29th, 1912 (another leap year) I came across these, frozen in time. The first one below is an advertisement that has …

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What Is The History of the Capital Beltway?

Capital Beltway

Love it. Hate it. It has some of the most confusing terminology for out-of-towners. Inner loop of what? Outer loop? But there’s only one Beltway. Wait, I’m on 495, but also 95, and that’s 295? That’s not confusing. Super GoDC …

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A Quart of Gin Leads to Death

Antique bottle of gin

I haven’t posted a crazy story in a while, so here is one from November 14th, 1893. I found this in the Washington Post. In a spirit of bravado Saturday afternoon, George H. Shorter, a laborer living as 1208 Ninth …

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Three Random Stories About Farragut Square

Farragut Square circa 1881 (maritimequest.com)

I really enjoyed researching the last “Three Things…” post and from the traffic and Twitter buzz, it seemed like a number of you enjoyed reading it. So here’s another one to add to your trivia treasure chest: Farragut Square. You …

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Three Things You Didn’t Know About Dulles Airport

Washington Dulles International Airport (Wikipedia)

Today I’m kicking off another new series called “Three Things…” I will do my best to keep these brief and pack in three key points or “ah ha!” moments for the regular and curious GoDC readers. This first one will …

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