Red Cross Precursor to D.C. Food Trucks

Red Cross Precursor to D.C. Food Trucks

This is a photo from World War II, taken in 1942. It’s a mobile canteen run by the Red Cross. Source: Library of Congress

Ladies’ Waiting Room in Union Station

Ladies’ Waiting Room in Union Station

Way back 100ish years ago, women would wait for their train in a separate waiting room at Union Station. Below is a photo of that ladies’ waiting room … which looks extremely sparse. This photo is from the 1910s. Source: ...

Playbill from Ford’s Theatre on the Night of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

Playbill from Ford’s Theatre on the Night of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

April 14, 1865 at Ford’s Theater began with a showing of Our American Cousin, and ended with an assassinated President Lincoln. The Library of Congress has the program from that evening. Pretty incredible to think that people in the audience ...

Photo and Ad of the Mayflower Coffee Shop and Grill

Photo and Ad of the Mayflower Coffee Shop and Grill

Here’s a photo that we found at the Library of Congress. It shows the old Mayflower Coffee Shop and Grill in the late 1930s. Source: Library of Congress And here’s an advertisement for the hotel that we found in The Washington ...

1924 Washington Senators Team Photo

1924 Washington Senators Team Photo

What a terrific photo of the Washington Senators from 1924. Source: Library of Congress

1921 Film of Italian General and Ambassador Visit to White House

1921 Film of Italian General and Ambassador Visit to White House

We found this great old film footage at the Moving Image Research Collection at the University of South Carolina. It shows Italian Army General Armando Diaz and Italian Ambassador Rolando Ricci in front of the White House entrance during their ...

1930s Film of Washington Senators Spring Training

1930s Film of Washington Senators Spring Training

Check out this great film footage from 1931 showing the Washington Senators during spring training. We found these at the Moving Image Research Collection at the University of South Carolina. And, here’s another great one of them during 1934 spring ...

1907 Map of Gallaudet University and Union Market

1907 Map of Gallaudet University and Union Market

This is a map from 1907 showing the area around today’s Union Market and Gallaudet University. Source: Library of Congress

Man Leaps to Death From Washington Monument

Man Leaps to Death From Washington Monument

This is a morbid story from The Baltimore Sun, printed on March 10th, 1923. What is extremely striking is how graphic the depiction was back then. Washington, March 9.–For the first time in the 35 years that the Washington Monument has ...

Dangers of Dead Man’s Hollow Near Rosslyn

Dangers of Dead Man’s Hollow Near Rosslyn

Rosslyn and Arlington weren’t always great places to be, especially in the late 19th and early 20th century. Many parts were quite bleak, and worse, extremely dangerous. There once was a place called Dead Man’s Hollow, a short distance from ...

Why Is It Named MacArthur Boulevard?

Why Is It Named MacArthur Boulevard?

If you’re a fan of D.C. history, you’ll know that MacArthur Blvd. used to be called Conduit Rd. You probably also know that it was named for General Douglas MacArthur, the famous World War II general. But, the story behind ...

Why Is It Named Tunlaw Road?

Why Is It Named Tunlaw Road?

For those of you who do not know this, you’ll chuckle at how simple this is. There once was a great suburban Washington estate called Tunlaw, in what is today Wesley Heights — the home stood at 45th and Klingle. The ...

The Time Walter Johnson Pitched 18 Innings in One Game!

The Time Walter Johnson Pitched 18 Innings in One Game!

Walter Johnson is one of the greatest pitchers of all time, and on May 15, 1918, he delivered a performance that stood out from any of his other games. He pitched a total of 18 innings in one game – ...

Original Subway Planned for Downtown D.C. in 1912

Original Subway Planned for Downtown D.C. in 1912

Much to our surprise, when doing some research on Metro and subway history in our city, we came across and article printed in The Washington Times on Sunday evening, February 25th, 1912 (Just about six weeks before the Titanic disaster). What ...

D.C. Apartment Listings in 1916; $10.50 Per Month!

D.C. Apartment Listings in 1916; $10.50 Per Month!

We came across some old real estate listings from The Washington Post, printed on July 21st, 1916. The last few times that we posted listings, they were extremely popular, so here’s another one for you. Times sure were different, in more ...

Sketches of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

Sketches of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

The Library of Congress has a large collection of graphic arts created over the course of two centuries. They depict famous locations and subjects. There are a large number dedicated to capturing the assassination and aftermath of President Lincoln. Below ...

U.S. Navy Needs Your Binoculars for World War II

U.S. Navy Needs Your Binoculars for World War II

Between 1936 and 1943 the Work Projects Administration (WPA), about 2,000 posters were designed to promote the arts, community activities, and used for education. The Library of Congress has digitized 907 of these posters. The one below is one of ...

If Walls Could Talk: Georgetown’s Breiding House at 1523 31st St. NW

If Walls Could Talk: Georgetown’s Breiding House at 1523 31st St. NW

I was taking a nice Sunday walk through Georgetown with Mrs. Ghost when we passed a very unique-looking home at 1523 31st St. NW. It caught my eye and I wanted to do a little digging to share what I ...

Senators Demolish the Yankees in 1925 Home Opener at Griffith Stadium

Senators Demolish the Yankees in 1925 Home Opener at Griffith Stadium

We found this great composite of photos summarizing the opening game for the Washington Senators against the New York Yankees at Griffith Stadium, on April 22, 1925 – 89 years ago last week! This was the first home game following ...

GoDCer Sends 1950s Vacation Photos of D.C.

GoDCer Sends 1950s Vacation Photos of D.C.

Thanks to GoDCer Emily for sending these in, and thanks for your love of our site! We love getting notes from readers like that.

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