Monthly Archives: June 2012

Old Photo Friday: Women’s Suffrage Parade in 1914

February 1913. "Woman suffrage -- hikers arriving in Washington from New York." Today marks the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Over the next few days we'll post some more suffrage photos. Harris & Ewing glass negative. (Shorpy)

Here’s an excellent photo capturing history in Washington. This is a parade of suffragettes but I can’t quite make out where they are. If you know where this is, or think you recognize the building in the foreground or background, add your …

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Old Photo Friday: 9th St. NW in 1915

looking north on 9th St. NW in 1915 (Shorpy)

These high-resolution photos continue to amaze me with their details. This one is from 1915, showing some activity on 9th St. NW, near downtown. The block on the left is currently occupied by the FBI building. Click the image for …

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View of East Potomac Park From the Air (1935)

East Potomac Golf Club (East Potomac Park), Washington, D.C., aerial view from above Haines Point looking north toward the Mall (Library of Congress)

Here is a great old photograph of East Potomac Park and Hains Point (which we learned about yesterday). This was taken by an airplane (obviously) from the photo section of Bolling Field. You can clearly see the golf course, the …

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Pink Floyd’s Connection to the CIA and Ronald Reagan

Wish You Were Here photo (1975)

We haven’t done a concert-related post in a while.We have featured the Beatles, Janis Joplin, The Dead, Hendrix and The Doors both at the Hilton, The Beach Boys, U2 in Georgetown, The Police in Adams Morgan, The Bee Gees and …

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Frederick Douglass: Generous Tipper and Role Model for Newspaper Boys

Pennsylvania Ave. looking towards Treasury (Library of Congress)

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. For black newspaper boys holding their street corners throughout downtown Washington, on Thursday January 13, 1870 there was a new paper to hawk, a paper uniquely speaking to their emerging …

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Post Office Embraces “Electronic Mail” and E-COM

E-COM letter (source:

In 1982, the United States Post Office launched a new system dubbed E-COM (Electronic Computer-Originated Mail) as an attempt to adopt the nascent technology of electronic mail. Almost comical by today’s standard, but probably thought of as cutting edge at …

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Beautiful View of the Capitol Down The Avenue in 1824

View of the Capitol, by Charles Burton, Watercolor on Paper - 1824 (source: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center)

Here’s a great and iconic image for your commute home. I came across this great image at the Capitol Visitor Center’s website (great resource by the way). Below is the description I pulled from the site. This view of the Capitol …

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