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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Fifteenth Street at Pennsylvania Avenue." Note the traffic lights, which made their D.C. debut in 1926, as well as the traffic-cop gazebo at center ("NO LEFT TURN") and streetcar switch tower to its left. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Looking Up 15th St. at Pennsylvania Ave. in 1931

This great old photo shows the view looking north on 15th St., just east of …

  • Ben Fortney

    BTW: I do believe Todd Radom was the designer behind the original Nationals logo…

  • Good timing, the two cities are playing each other!

  • Dean Fisher

    I can recall all stores across from Congress Heights Elementary on Nichols: A drycleaner, The Hobby Shop, Hong Kong Restaurant & The Peter Pan shop (ladies apparel). Above, there were doctors offices. Little Ol Molly Liff ran the “penny candy” counter (Liff’s DGS) there for kids lining up at lunch hour. Further down Nichols, before the firehouse was “Doc’s” drug store. We also had Mellon Pharmacy, Bob’s Barber Shop, Buckingham Market McConahey’s gas station, Sunny’s Surplus, the LeNormandy restaurant & Bob’s Frozen Custard next to Gray’s Variety store and Congress Heights Methodist church. Congress theater was the only place you could cool-down in air-conditioning. Oh, there was also an A & P market at Nichols & Raleigh Street and a Gulf gas station. The first small, carry-out Pizza joint in the heights appeared about 1952. At 6 o’clock every evening, the chimes from the methodist church played, a reminder it was time to head home for dinner.