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Charles C. Glover

1928 Prediction for Washington, D.C. by Charles Glover

Charles Glover was a prominent banker and philanthropist in Washington between the 1880s and his death in 1936. He was the President of Riggs Bank, a huge backer of the City Beautiful movement , and opened his deep pockets to...

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Washington Housing Costs in 1988

Look at this old classified advertisement from The Washington Post from exactly 25 years ago. This was printed on Friday, October 21st, 1988 and if you were the one who purchased one of these homes, you probably are sitting pretty right now....

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Washington Times pocket directory of apartments - 1914

1914 Directory of Apartments and Rent

Now this is cool. And, it’s probably something that makes you a little nauseous, paying that ridiculous $2,300 in rent today. Check out the handy Washington Times pocket directory of apartments from 1914. Some of the buildings are still around...

Civil War Map of D.C. Fortifications

Take a look at this Civil War map of D.C. and it’s surroundings. Click on it for greater detail and you’ll be able to see all the fortifications around the city (i.e., Fort Totten, Fort Lincoln, etc).

Burrojaps Shoes advertisement in the Washington Times - June 18th, 1912

Burrojaps Shoes Are Worn By Winners

Here’s a cool advertisement from the Washington Times. This is from June 18th, 1912. By the way, Washington played the Philadelphia A’s that day and beat them 5-4 to pull within 1 1/2 games of the first place Boston Red...

Brookland homes advertisement in the Washington Post - May 10th, 1925

Brookland: New Six-Room Houses; Built-in Garages

Here’s an advertisement I found in the Washington Post. It’s from the mid 1920s and row houses were being sold throughout Brookland. Check out today’s view of the sample homes from the ad. The address is 2902 10th St. NE....

1913 Washington Senators

A Tribute to Baseball and the Washington Senators

I love baseball — my first post ever was baseball-related — and baseball is back! Opening Day has passed (go Nats!) and the home opener is just around the corner. There is not better way to spend an afternoon than...

Franklin MacVeagh in 1909 (Wikipedia)

All Ideas of Beauty and Order Are Forgotten in the Suburbs

Secretary of the Treasury Franklin MacVeagh was a man that appreciated beauty and the aesthetics of architecture. He was also a clear supporter of urban planning with an eye towards maintaining or enhancing the appeal of a city. Here’s an...

Capital Beltway

What Is The History of the Capital Beltway?

Love it. Hate it. It has some of the most confusing terminology for out-of-towners. Inner loop of what? Outer loop? But there’s only one Beltway. Wait, I’m on 495, but also 95, and that’s 295? That’s not confusing. Super GoDC...

Henry Elphinstone

Henry Elphinstone Wins the 1911 Laurel to D.C. Marathon

Technically, it wasn’t a full marathon as it was only 20 miles, but young Henry Elphinstone from Baltimore finished first with a time of 2 hours 16 minutes and 40 seconds. This was a full two minutes faster than the...