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.

Incomplete Washington Monument in Wood Engraving from 1882

Incomplete Washington Monument in Wood Engraving from 1882

We found this cool wood engraving from 1882, meant to depict the National Mall looking from the South. In the image, you can see buildings like the Smithsonian Institution in the lower middle. Off to the left is the best ...

1891 Ad for Wesley Heights Real Estate

1891 Ad for Wesley Heights Real Estate

Check out this great old advertisement from The Washington Post in 1891.

President Roosevelt’s Son, Quentin Goes Missing

President Roosevelt’s Son, Quentin Goes Missing

This is clearly a headline that we wouldn’t see today. Sasha and Malia wouldn’t wander off the White House grounds the way young Quentin Roosevelt did, scaring his family and the Secret Service half to death. We found an article ...

Shooting Range in the Treasury Department Basement

Shooting Range in the Treasury Department Basement

Does anyone know if this still exists? The photo below was taken in June of 1940.

World War II Photo of White House South Lawn

World War II Photo of White House South Lawn

Here’s a photo we dug up at the Library of Congress, and it’s labeled as 1944 during the Easter Monday egg roll. Source: Library of Congress

Japan Donates Cherry Trees to DC

Japan Donates Cherry Trees to DC

We’re back to a few days of cold, nasty weather. This seems like a good time to think back to the gorgeous weekend we just had, and talk about cherry blossoms. In 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, gave about ...

Squalid Sections: Buzzard’s Roost, Ryder’s Castle, Zig-Zag Alley, and Swinghammer Alley

Squalid Sections: Buzzard’s Roost, Ryder’s Castle, Zig-Zag Alley, and Swinghammer Alley

Buzzard’s Roost, Ryder’s Castle, Zig-Zag Alley, and the Barracks are all old neighborhoods which were shanties of dirt and filth. We wrote about the rough-and-tumble lost neighborhood of Murder Bay, and the equally squalid Hell’s Bottom a while back. We ...

Soviet Diplomat Testifies on the Hill

Soviet Diplomat Testifies on the Hill

So here is a headline you certainly won’t see every day, and you certainly wouldn’t see something like this in the 1980s. In the Cold War edition of Ghosts of DC, here’s a cool article that we came across in The ...

Never Built Tunnels Under 1960s D.C.

Never Built Tunnels Under 1960s D.C.

The car culture of America was in full force through the 1950s and 1960s. Sadly, many beautiful cities and neighborhoods were ruined as a result of this push to get rid of streetcars, build up highway infrastructure and cut major ...

Washington Tourist Camp in East Potomac Park (1925)

Washington Tourist Camp in East Potomac Park (1925)

GoDCer Andy has an amazing collection of D.C. imagery in his Flickr collection. You should definitely check it out. Source: Flickr user Andy Moursund

D.C. Emancipation Act: April 16th, 1862

D.C. Emancipation Act: April 16th, 1862

This week celebrates the 152nd anniversary of the D.C. Emancipation Act, which ended slavery in the District of Columbia and came eight months before President Abraham Lincoln wrote and delivered the Emancipation Proclamation. It ultimately freed almost 3,000 slaves in ...

What Did Meridian Hill Look Like in 1976?

What Did Meridian Hill Look Like in 1976?

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: ...

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