Rare Old 1846 Photo of Old Post Office

This is an amazing old photo of the General Post Office, which still stands in Gallery Place today. Check out the beautiful image below, which is from 1846. The building is now the Washington Monaco Hotel.

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General Post Office from the corner of 8th Street and E Street, NW, Washington, D.C., the shop of Elija Dyer, merchant tailor, on the left
General Post Office from the corner of 8th Street and E Street, NW, Washington, D.C., the shop of Elija Dyer, merchant tailor, on the left

Source: Library of Congress

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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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    I got hooked on the sign of the business. But not sure about what I found……

    I have found an Elijah Dyer who seems to have moved around – or at least not stuck in one place – a bit, though it is hard to say. I found an Elijah Dyer having the contents of his house sold at auction in an ad in the 05-19-1847 Daily National Intelligencer. They were being sold at Dyer’s house on 11th near I St.

    I found a marriage announcement to Elizabeth in the Daily National Intelligencer on 02-12-1841. An Elijah Dyer in the 1850 Census for Virginia lists him as a tailor in Wythe, VA. The dates on this put his birth around 1819/1819 which tracks with the burial information
    at Congressional Cemetery and do line-up with the wife and the death announcement in the Evening Star (08 Feb. 1893) which indicates he was a tailor. The announcement of her death was in the 19 June 1896 Evening star. They both died in the house of their daughter and son-in-law Mr. Dix.

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74359284
    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1893-02-08/ed-1/seq-7/
    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1896-06-19/ed-1/seq-8/

    I didn’t see him in directories but pre-Civil War directors are harder to find. I did see a few and he wasn’t listed in 1853, 1858, or 1862. I did however see a Margaret Dyer located either on 8th or I for all of those years.