If Walls Could Talk: Hank’s Oyster Bar Old Town

If Walls Could Talk: Hank’s Oyster Bar Old Town

Congratulations to the latest #GoDCIWCT poll winner. A well-deserved victory for our most successful Twitter campaigner yet. Those retweets really helped! Okay, on with the show … Shane and Claude, hopefully you’ll enjoy this. By the way GoDCers, do you know ...

Cast Your Vote for Local Businesses in Our 3rd #GoDCIWCT Twitter Poll

Cast Your Vote for Local Businesses in Our 3rd #GoDCIWCT Twitter Poll

Congratulations to Hank’s Oyster Bar Old Town for winning the latest #GoDCIWCT poll on Twitter. Stay tuned tomorrow morning for the history of their building at 1026 King St. in Alexandria. In the meantime, tonight, you should vote for our ...

Rare 1865 Photo of Lincoln’s Second Inauguration; “With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All”

Rare 1865 Photo of Lincoln’s Second Inauguration; “With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All”

This photo was taken on March 4th, 1865 on the day Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for a second time. A little over a month later, President Lincoln would be assassinated in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth and Andrew Johnson ...

First Known Photo of Presidential Inauguration (1857)

First Known Photo of Presidential Inauguration (1857)

This is an extremely rare photograph of James Buchanan‘s Inauguration at the East Front of the Capitol Building on March 4th, 1857. It’s a little blurry and not the highest resolution, but amazing nevertheless. The exposure took four seconds, which ...

Beautiful Lost Gordon Hotel at 16th and I Streets

Beautiful Lost Gordon Hotel at 16th and I Streets

Source: Library of Congress Chances are that most of you aren’t familiar with the old Gordon Hotel (or just The Gordon). It has been long gone from the landscape of 16th St. NW, but once struck an imposing figure along ...

Ford Motor Company’s 1922 Educational Film About Washington, D.C.

Ford Motor Company’s 1922 Educational Film About Washington, D.C.

This is a really interesting film that we found at the National Archives. It was made by the Ford Motor Company in 1922. Source: U.S. National Archives

Great First-Hand Description of Washington in 1800; Most Houses, Small Miserable Huts

Great First-Hand Description of Washington in 1800; Most Houses, Small Miserable Huts

We often wonder what the city was like in the early days. By all accounts, it was a miserable place to be. We dug up an interesting article in The Baltimore Sun from December 17th, 1853, which makes the same claims. ...

1921 Map of an Undeveloped Del Ray

1921 Map of an Undeveloped Del Ray

Check out this old map of Del Ray north of Alexandria from back in 1921. It’s amazing to see how undeveloped the area was. The yellow structures are wood frame buildings and the pink ones are brick. Here’s a map ...

Lost National Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

Lost National Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

In keeping with the hotel theme this week, we wanted to share a little bit about the National Hotel, formerly situated at 6th and Pennsylvania Ave., across from where the Indian Queen was. The location is currently the site of ...

In 1839, There Were Cows at 7th and Pennsylvania

In 1839, There Were Cows at 7th and Pennsylvania

Seriously. This city has come a long way from lost sheep and cows on Pennsylvania Ave. Check out this print from 1839. Source: Library of Congress

Brickskeller Cocktail Waitress: Where the Action Is!

Brickskeller Cocktail Waitress: Where the Action Is!

Want a job? Checking out the classifieds in The Washington Post on December 10th, 1968, you would have come across this one for a cocktail waitress at the old favorite, Brickskeller. Oh, I miss that place. It was kind of a dump ...

GoDCer Writes About Relative Who Was Bodyguard to President Lincoln

GoDCer Writes About Relative Who Was Bodyguard to President Lincoln

We woke up this morning to a great email from a GoDCer. It’s a rather interesting story, so we’d like to share it with the community. Since today is Abraham Lincoln‘s birthday, I would like to share the following DC ...

What Did Walter Johnson’s Voice Sound Like? Listen To This 1939 Senators Broadcast

What Did Walter Johnson’s Voice Sound Like? Listen To This 1939 Senators Broadcast

It’s been extremely difficult for me to track down any audio recording of the greatest pitcher of all time, Walter Johnson. We have written so much about him, and yet, we have no idea what is voice sounded like … ...

Photo of Segregated Southern Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

Photo of Segregated Southern Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

Source: Library of Congress The hotel on the left is the Southern Hotel, a hotel for African-Americans which was situated at 311 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The photograph was taken around 1899. Below is the 1903 map of the area around ...

Meet Carroll “Nubby” Nuckols: 1930s Rum Runner & Czar of Gambling

Meet Carroll “Nubby” Nuckols: 1930s Rum Runner & Czar of Gambling

We’ve stumbled across an amazing character from Washington’s past, one to rival (but not surpass, of course) Officer Sprinkle. No doubt, the two of them crossed paths at one point and one was likely well-acquainted with the other’s work, and ...

Washington Was Originally Called Rome?

Washington Was Originally Called Rome?

Well, one of the estates which made up the original city of Washington was called Rome … read on. D.C. has an interested historical connection to the city of Rome. This might be one of the more fascinating pieces of local ...

Photo of Guards at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1995

Photo of Guards at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1995

Here’s a cool photo sent in by one of our GoDC readers, Carol. Thanks for sharing this! I know of one former Tomb Guard who might be able to fill us in on why they were located at the bottom ...

Tweet Your Vote for the Next If Walls Could Talk

Tweet Your Vote for the Next If Walls Could Talk

Back by popular demand is our second Twitter poll for the next “If Walls Could Talk” post. Nanny O’Briens was victorious in the last poll, and we dug up some fascinating historical trivia on their building. Who will be next? ...

How Post Photographer Got Picture of Mayor Barry’s Cocaine Bust

How Post Photographer Got Picture of Mayor Barry’s Cocaine Bust

Sometimes the story behind the story is almost as sensational as the original news. Nearly everyone remembers when former Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for possession and use of crack cocaine back in 1990. But until an NPR ‘All Things ...

If Walls Could Talk: Nanny O’Briens

If Walls Could Talk: Nanny O’Briens

Congratulations to our latest “If Walls Could Talk” poll winner, Nanny O’Briens. We’re going to do a little digging into the history of your building at 3319 Connecticut Ave. NW. The Greek restaurant investor On September 11th, 1952, The Washington Post ...

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