Monthly Archives: October 2012

boy on the steps to the Octagon House in 1921

Here is an apropos photo for All Hallows' Eve. It's a shot of a boy walking up the steps to the Octagon House, a house I wouldn't recommend entering this evening, since it is frequently listed as the ...

Capitol Hill Haunts - Tim Krepp

This is the first guest post by GoDCer Tim. Given that we have "ghosts" in our name and with today being Halloween, it's appropriate to have a post about the paranormal. Also, don't forget to check ou...

The Washington Times - October 31st, 1912 - page 8

Today we're kicking off a new Ghosts of DC category called "In the Paper," where we will post an entire page from an old newspaper, and adding just a bit of commentary. These newspaper pages will b...

Halloween in Washington - Metro mockup

Here's a weird image from the early archives of WMATA.  It depicts "Halloween In Washington" but clearly stretches the bounds of reality -- and Metro's rules.  Let's face it... there's no way a guy ri...

Richard Nixon by Norman Rockwell in 1968

On the morning of President Nixon's 1969 inauguration, several local businesses ran newspaper ads congratulating the new chief executive. Furniture stores, department stores, grocers... few are immune...

map of Georgetown in 1915 (Baist real estate atlas)

Another fantastic Baist real estate map, this time from 1915. The map shows a good chunk of Georgetown.

dude on metro in costume (via andrescavelier.posterous.com)

We would be doing GoDCers a disservice if we did not compile a list of the top five GoDC-related customers for Halloween. These are some of the most colorful characters that we have come across in the...

Michael Morse swings

The final regular season game of the 2012 regular season was a little bittersweet. Sure, Teddy finally won a president’s race (with some timely assistance from a faux Phillie Phanatic) and the Natio...

Lincoln Memorial and an approaching storm (ianlivingston.com

As the huddled masses of D.C. sit and brace for the worst of this new Frankenstorm, Ghosts of DC has dug up an even more epic and terrifying storm that crushed Washington in a mere 30 minutes on Novem...

Meet John McCubbin, White House police officer in 1922, recently promoted to head the force. Yes, he looks a little stiff. He was born in Virginia to a Scottish father and English mother. His w...

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