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Rosslyn City, the Brooklyn of Washington - 1889
Rosslyn City in 1889: The Vision of Becoming Washington's Brooklyn
Explore the 1889 ambition of Rosslyn City, touted as the "Brooklyn of Washington," and its emblematic journey of urban aspirations and challenges.
"Full size mockup of partial Metro station 1968" from Harry Weese Associates' 1994 book describing Metro's early plans.
Metro's 17-Foot Long "Experimental Station" in 1968
WMATA spent $69,000 for the sample station in May 1968.  After just a few weeks of construction, it measured 64 feet in width, 30 feet in height, and just 17 feet in length.  It marked a key milestone in the capital subway project - a massive planning and engineering effort that started in the 1950s.
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History of Washington's Suburbs
This is a great old map of the Washington area from 1961 showing all the real estate developments as featured by The Washington Post. We transcribed all 57 neighborhoods and their brief descriptions below. It’s quaint to read all the listings and the directions provided to get to the subdivisions. Remember reading directions or maps to get somewhere? Even printing Mapquest directions seems antiquated. Thanks to Google Maps and Waze, we’re never lost right? Or are we always lost with no...
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Washington, D.C. Sunday along the Tidal Basin
Relaxing on the Tidal Basin: A Look Back at Washington, D.C. in 1942
Take a look back at Washington, D.C. in 1942 during the dark early days of World War II. This photo, taken on a Sunday in July, shows people relaxing along the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial. See what else is in the background!
Architectural drawing for alterations to the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. West elevation Summary
1877 Drawing of Proposed Capitol Modifications
Proposed renovations of the Capitol Building from the 1870s. Achitectural drawing for alterations to the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. West elevation.
Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Fifteenth Street at Pennsylvania Avenue." Note the traffic lights, which made their D.C. debut in 1926, as well as the traffic-cop gazebo at center ("NO LEFT TURN") and streetcar switch tower to its left. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
A Look Back at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Circa 1931
Take a look back at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. circa 1931. See the traffic lights, traffic-cop gazebo, and streetcar switch tower in this amazing old photo. Source: Shorpy.
The Wok n’ Roll Restaurant now occupies the space of the Surratt House. The original first floor door has been boarded up, and there is no evidence of the second story entrance or stairs.
Mary Surratt Boarding House is Now a Chinese Restaurant
Mary Surratt's boarding house is a Chinese restaurant, still standing just around the corner from Gallery Place Metro. Today, it's Wok and Roll.
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Interior view of Center Market showing the interior architecture of the market, a variety of stalls, blurred people, and signs reading "THIS MARKET OPEN EVERY WEEK DAY" and "LADIES' WAITING ROOM LADIES'... 7th St. WING TAKE ELEVATOR."
Exploring Center Market in Washington DC in 1910, Just Before the Mexican Revolution
Take a look back in time to explore Center Market in Washington DC in 1910, just before the Mexican Revolution. See the interior architecture, stalls, and signs from over 100 years ago.
The York Theatre in the 1920s
Exploring the York Theatre's History in Petworth, Washington DC
Discover the history of the York Theatre, located in Petworth, Washington DC. Opened in 1919, explore photos from the theater, including an awesome old photo from Flickr. Learn more!
Suffrage open air meeting at the National Capitol demanding that Congress pass the National woman suffrage amendment-- Feb. 1913. Corner Penn. Ave. and 15th St. where the Washington Hotel now stands.
A Look Back at a 1913 Women's Suffrage Meeting on 15th St.
Take a look back at a 1913 women's suffrage meeting in Washington, DC. Learn the history of the women's suffrage movement and see two photos from the meeting on 15th St.
Women at Western High School posing on an exercise device
Women Exercising at Western High School in 1899: Frances Benjamin Johnston at the Library of Congress
Take a look at these photos of women exercising at Western High School in 1899, part of Frances Benjamin Johnston's collection at the Library of Congress. The building now houses the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. See more photos and learn about the school's famous alumni here.
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Inspiration Found: Can You Make Up a Caption for This Vintage Scene?
Get ready to be inspired! Can you make up a caption for this vintage scene from Duke Zeibert's restaurant in Washington, D.C. in 1960? Check it out and give it a try!
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They Were Neighbors: 1940 U.S. Census Records from the Mayflower Hotel
Discover the residents of the Mayflower Hotel in 1940 with this collection of U.S. Census records from the same year. Click on each image to see a larger version and read through the names. Source: Ancestry.com.
Evening Star homes for rent - August 4th, 1904
Take a Step Back in Time: Homes for as Little as $9.30 per Month in August of 1904
Take a look back at how much homes cost in 1904! Check out this great old advertisement from the Evening Star with homes for as little as $9.30 per month.
Harmon Killebrew shakes President Eisenhower's hand before a game in 1959 (Calvin Griffith in the middle)
Washington Senators Almost Move to Los Angeles [VIDEO]
Did you know that the Washington Senators almost moved to Los Angeles?

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