1933 Public and Zoning Area Map of D.C.

1933 Public and Zoning Area Map of D.C.

Here’s a cool map that we dug up in the Harvard University online archives. Source: Harvard College Library

Half-Century Advertisement Celebrating Washington Post (1950)

Half-Century Advertisement Celebrating Washington Post (1950)

This is a cool New Year’s advertisement that we found in The Washington Post December 31st, 1949. Click on it for a larger version.

1901 Map of Washington

1901 Map of Washington

Here’s a map of Washington that we found from 1901. Being over 100 years old, you’ll see quite a few things missing. Teddy Roosevelt Bridge hadn’t been built, neither had the Lincoln or Jefferson memorials. Click on the map and ...

Baltimore Mayor Protests Future Dulles Airport (1949)

Baltimore Mayor Protests Future Dulles Airport (1949)

This is a great story to cross-post with our sister site, Ghosts of Baltimore. Airline traffic was getting too heavy for National Airport to handle by the end of the 1940s. The region’s second airport was Friendship International Airport (now ...

Sheridan Circle: Gateway to Massachusetts Avenue Heights

Sheridan Circle: Gateway to Massachusetts Avenue Heights

Check out this advertisement from 1911 showing the beautiful development popping up around Sheridan Circle.

Only Christian Nurses at Sibley Memorial Hospital

Only Christian Nurses at Sibley Memorial Hospital

How times were different back then right? This is an advertisement for Sibley Memorial Hospital from September 1st, 1910, printed in The Washington Herald. Source: Library of Congress

Panoramic Photos of Camp Meigs in 1918

Panoramic Photos of Camp Meigs in 1918

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  

Howard University Advertisement (1919)

Howard University Advertisement (1919)

Check out this great old advertisement that we dug up in The Washington Times from September 7th, 1919. Source: Library of Congress

Metro Policeman Arrests U.S. President for Speeding

Metro Policeman Arrests U.S. President for Speeding

This is one of the more interesting personal stories that we’ve uncovered. For a while now, we’ve heard stories about President Grant being arrested for riding his horse too fast in the city. This is amusing on two accounts, the ...

Great Civil War Photo of Arlington House and Soldiers

Great Civil War Photo of Arlington House and Soldiers

Check out this great photo shared by GoDCer Matthew. Thanks for sharing!  

Ex-Slave Visits With FDR at White House

Ex-Slave Visits With FDR at White House

Watching the Oscars and thinking of “12 Years a Slave,” we were wondering if and when a former slave visited the White House as a guest. I also suspect that this has happened more than once, so after digging in The ...

D.C. Gives Fidel Castro A Hero’s Welcome At E Street Restaurant

D.C. Gives Fidel Castro A Hero’s Welcome At E Street Restaurant

“It’s Midnight in Washington…and this is the Steve Allison show.” I can remember those lines from 1959 just like it was yesterday. WWDC (1260 on the AM dial) had hired a talk show host from Philadelphia named Steve Allison who ...

1795 Map of the Territory of Columbia

1795 Map of the Territory of Columbia

Here’s a map that we haven’t come across before. This shows the Territory of Columbia and the City of Washington surrounded by Maryland in 1795. Click on it for a much larger version. Source: University of Pittsburgh Darlington Digital Library

1911 Ad for Homes on Spring Road; $38 Per Month

1911 Ad for Homes on Spring Road; $38 Per Month

Can you recognize any of these homes? This is an advertisement printed in The Washington Times on November 18th, 1911. Can you imagine … $38 a month! Source: Library of Congress

Watergate Builders Get Green Light for 130-Foot Height

Watergate Builders Get Green Light for 130-Foot Height

This is an interesting article that we came across in The Washington Post, Times Herald from May 30th, 1962. At the time, there was much debate about the proposed Watergate Towne complex set to be built along the banks of the ...

1930s Map of Washington, D.C. Neighborhoods

1930s Map of Washington, D.C. Neighborhoods

Here’s a great old map that we found showing all the neighborhood boundaries from 1937.

Duke vs. George Washington University at Duke Stadium (1948)

Duke vs. George Washington University at Duke Stadium (1948)

Check out this program. It’s for the Duke vs. GWU football game, held on November 13th, 1948 at Duke. Source: Duke University Libraries Duke was pretty average in 1948, going 4-3-2 under coach Wallace Wade. GWU was similarly mediocre at ...

Mayor Barry Proposes Renaming Part of Mass. Ave. After Mandela

Mayor Barry Proposes Renaming Part of Mass. Ave. After Mandela

This is an interesting story from the 1980s. Mayor for life, and general embarrassment to the city of Washington, Marion Barry, proposed in 1985 to rename a portion of Massachusetts Ave. in front of the South African embassy after the ...

1920s Ads for The Cairo Hotel

1920s Ads for The Cairo Hotel

Here is a series of old advertisements for the great Cairo Building at 1615 Q St. NW.  

Proposed 1873 Design for Library of Congress

Proposed 1873 Design for Library of Congress

This is what the Library of Congress could have looked like if Leon Beaver’s design from 1873 was selected. Here’s a second rendering of the building with some perspective. Check out a few more of his drawings here.

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