Monthly Archives: November 2012

Street Luging in Adams Morgan

September 15, 1922. Clarence Sherrill, son of the Washington, D.C., superintendent of public buildings. National Photo Co.

Below is a great photograph that we found on Shorpy. The young boy riding down the hill is Clarence Sherrill, Jr., son of Col. Clarence Sherrill, the superintendent of public buildings in D.C. At the time of this photo, in …

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Map of Swampoodle and Proposed Union Depot

1903 map of Swampoodle

Here’s another map of Swampoodle from 1903. Make sure you check out the 1888 one and compare them. This has the proposed Union Station superimposed over the neighborhood and you’ll see some familiar street names which appear to have been …

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Stolen Streetcar Taken on Joy Ride

Clayton Morgan, Jr.

What an awesome headline … we have to share this one with GoDCers. On October 28th, 1957, the Washington Post reported on a bizarre incident, where a man took a streetcar for an illegal joyride on Pennsylvania Ave. You have …

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June 17th, 1911: Buy a Home in Columbia Heights

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This is a fascinating real estate section to study. Click on it for greater detail and check out the ads for homes in Mt. Pleasant, Cleveland Park and Columbia Heights.

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Newspaper Boys at the Capitol in 1912

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Below is a photograph of five newspaper boys in front of the Capitol Building. It’s always great to see these photos accompanied with the names of those in the picture. We’ll see what we can dig up on these young …

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ZipHorse or Horse2Go?

April 1865. Washington, D.C. "John C. Howard's stable on G Street between 6th and 7th, where John H. Surratt kept horses before leaving town on April 1." From photographs pertaining to the assassination of President Lincoln, April-July 1865. Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown.

Have trouble finding a horse to get groceries? Want to get out town for the weekend?  Look no further than John C. Howard’s stable on G St. This is another incredible photo from the 1860s with great detail. Click on …

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Soldier Returns Home From World War I

1919. "U.S. Army. Return of Washington, D.C., soldiers." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Here’s a powerful photo. The soldier looks absolutely thrilled to be back and hold, what appears to be, his baby. The baby, on the other hand, not so thrilled to be handled.

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Rosslyn: The Brooklyn of Washington

Rosslyn City, the Brooklyn of Washington - 1889

This is great. It’s an advertisement from The Washington Post on September 8th, 1889. While we’re on the topic, do you know how it got its name?, or where Ballston got its name?

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Three Stories About Boundary Castle

Boundary Castle

Meridian Hill was once graced with the presence of a magnificent castle. Yes, a castle. Boundary Castle, also known as Henderson Castle and sometimes Prospect Castle, was the home of John and Mary Henderson. John, being the former Senator from …

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1888 Map of Swampoodle

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GoDCers love maps … and they love Swampoodle. If you’re unfamiliar with Swampoodle, it was a rough and tumble, working-class Irish neighborhood which was destroyed to make way for Union Station in the early 1900s (stay tuned for another map of …

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First Parking Meters in D.C.

man checking out parking meters in 1938

Ugh, nobody likes parking meters. I always forget to have enough change, but thankfully, Parkmobile has saved the day. But, for our less fortunate grandparents, the installation of parking meters was a serious pain in the ass back in the …

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Why is it Named Clyde’s


I guarantee that just about every GoDCer out there has either been to Clyde’s, or one owned by them. The Clyde’s Restaurant Group has a big footprint in D.C. and the surrounding area, with Old Ebbitt Grill, 1789 Restaurant, The …

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1878 Map of Bethesda District

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This is a great one. We finally dug up a few good maps of the surrounding area, outside the District line. This shows Bethesda and a chunk of Montgomery County (why is it named Montgomery County?). Click on it for …

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