Fan Loses Eye; Struck by Puck at Uline Arena

Fan Loses Eye; Struck by Puck at Uline Arena

How tragic. This reminds me of the horrible accident in 2002 when a girl was killed by a flying puck at a Columbus Blue Jackets game. This is the article we dug up in The Washington Post and Times Herald from ...

Incredible 1850s Map of Washington

Incredible 1850s Map of Washington

Now this has to be one of the best maps we’ve come across recently. It shows Washington in the 1850s, marking all the buildings, roads, and rural property owners. It’s really fascinating to see all the large plots of land ...

1888 Map of East Capitol Street

1888 Map of East Capitol Street

If you live east of the Capitol, check out this map and see if you can find your house. The pink buildings are brick structures and the yellow are wood frame buildings. I’m guessing that a large number of these ...

1903 Map of Judiciary Square and City Hall

1903 Map of Judiciary Square and City Hall

Welcome to map week! We’re going to share a map every morning with the GoDC community. Check this great map out. It shows Judiciary Square as it looked in 1903 with the Pension Building (National Building Museum) and City Hall ...

Beautifully Located Hillbrook; 1918 Real Estate Advertisement

Beautifully Located Hillbrook; 1918 Real Estate Advertisement

We’ve never featured Hillbrook, so here’s our first item uncovered for the neighborhood. If you’re from the area, or know someone that lives there, make sure to pass this along. Does anyone recognize the buildings in the ad? Source: Library ...

Vitamon Tablets for Female Beauty and Male Power

Vitamon Tablets for Female Beauty and Male Power

Check out this bizarre advertisement from January 8th, 1922. Source: Library of Congress

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

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