1950s

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, ...

Gordon Hotel

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...

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 restau...

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie gave a pair of elephant tusks to District leaders during his first visit to America in 1954.  Those ivory tusks -- recently stolen -- have barely been described by pol...

Source: Streets of Washington When the Chevy Chase Ice Palace and Sports Center opened on Nov. 23, 1938, it became an instant sensation. On opening day more than 2,200 people hit the indoor ...

Did you know that? We sure didn't This is a fascinating article that we dug up in The Washington Post from February 26th, 1953. We were doing a little research on the history of Seven Corners a...

Ace Ventura

What a bizarre story this is. This poor poodle was dognapped while being boarded at Friendship Animal Hospital. We found this story in The Washington Post, printed on February 7th, 1956. A black, ped...

Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice on sidelines with Washington Redskins head coach Joe Kuharich during game versus the Green Bay Packers at Riddick Stadium, Raleigh, N.C., September 11, 1954

As dismal as this fall has been for fans of the Washington football franchise (want an illustrated history book for Christmas?), the 1954 season might have been even worse. How bad was it? In early...

It’s been more than 60 years since the University of Maryland (here's a good history book from Amazon) had a serious candidate for college football’s Heisman Trophy. In the early 1950’s, the Terps ...

Crowd on Watergate steps watching performance on barge at edge of Potomac River (ca. 1956). Burdell Wright, Jr. Photograph Collection

Wow, what a cool old photo from the 1950s.

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