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 (

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 (

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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