This is a view of Meridian Hill Park, back when it was pretty rough. It was once a beautiful and amazing park, and now it’s getting back to being a great place to spend some time on sunny weekends. Source: ...
This photo of the Georgetown waterfront was probably taken in the 1910s or 1920s. You’re not going to see any drunk Georgetown students wandering around in this one. Source: Library of Congress
One of our original readers, Ben, sent along a link to a great Flickr collection of D.C. postcards. You have to check them out. Below is one of our favorites, showing the Connecticut Avenue Bridge, looking south, in 1911.
Here’s a shot of the area around Gallery Place today. This is looking at the north side of F St. between 6th and 7th. Source: Library of Congress
What a cool street scene on Pennsylvania Ave. This was taken some time in the 1920s. Source: Library of Congress
Here’s a photo of Logan Circle, probably some time in the 1920s (though it was named Iowa Circle until 1930). Source: Library of Congress
Check out this photo of Union Station being rehabilitated. Thankfully they saved it instead of knocking it down like they did so many other beautiful old buildings back then (i.e., look at everything in L’Enfant -… ugh). The photo below ...
Meridian Hill Park was largely the vision of Mary Foote Henderson. So, we have her to thank for the great park sitting at the crest of 16th and Euclid with a sweeping view of the city. It’s one of the ...
Times sure were different. You’re never going to see something like this again, but at the time, the White House was fairly accessible. The photo below was taken in 1938 and shows two young girls playing on the bannister on ...
We can’t remember if we’ve posted this photo in the past, but it’s such a good one, that it doesn’t really matter. Source: Library of Congress
Here’s a cool old photograph taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston showing Riggs Bank and the Department of Justice. Source: Library of Congress
Have you ever seen a photo of the White House stables? We haven’t actually come across one until we found this at the Library of Congress. How cool is this? The photo was taken by Lewis Emory Walker in 1857 ...
Here’s an old photo from the early 20th century. Can you identify the block? Add your thoughts in the comments below. Source: Library of Congress
This beautiful old home is the Whittemore House (check out their website) on New Hampshire Ave. NW, just off of Dupont Circle. It still stands today as the Women’s National Democratic Club (check out their website). What a great photo, ...
Here’s a great film of Washington in the 1930s.
Check this old photo out. It was taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston around the turn of the 20th century. Source: Library of Congress
Thanks to GoDCer Jim for sending this in via Facebook. His cousin Catherine has it hanging on her wall, and it’s a photo of the opening of the V Drive at Treasury on April 21st, 1919.
Here is an old film that we dug up at the National Archives. It’s from 1968, showing the devastation of the riots following MLK’s assassination.
Here’s an old photo of Western High School taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston. The photo is from about 1900 and today, the building houses the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Source: Library of Congress
What a great old photo from World War I. These photos show Camp Meigs in 1918. Source: U.S. National Archives Source: Library of Congress