Washington Streetcar Videos from 1903 and 1941

This was a pretty cool find on YouTube. It looks like this takes place looking northwest on Pennsylvania Ave, maybe around 12th St. You can see the Willard Hotel in the background. The postal worker dumps a few bags of mail onto the streetcar, grabs a few off the streetcar, puts them in his wagon and drives off. This takes place some time in 1903 and the video is courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Here’s another really cool video, this time from 1941. It shows people riding a Capital Traction Company streetcar through the streets of Washington.

Check out the rest of them on YouTube … it’s a great peek into the District’s streetcar past. If I find any really good ones, I’ll post them.

 

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Hollin Hall in 1938

Hollin Hall in 1938

Here’s a cool ad for Hollin Hall, the plantation on Little Hunting Creek (read about it here). Hollin Hall was a plantation deeded to Thomson

Silver Spring, Maryland, circa 1927. National Photo glass negatives marked "Jordan & Co." Among the new construction shown here is a National Guard armory. National Photo Company Collection.

Silver Spring in 1927

And check this out … the building being constructed in 1927 is still there! [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?cbp=12,69.66,,0,-5.87&cbll=38.993972,-77.026795&layer=c&ie=UTF8&ll=38.993972,-77.026795&spn=0.007088,0.008647&t=m&z=17&panoid=OoNF6fv99mYlKOMa9xOXNg&source=embed&output=svembed]

Model T advertisement

Buy a new car for $750! In the year 1911…

The Model T, Henry Ford’s affordable automobile invention, seems extra affordable by today’s standards. At the Miller Brothers Automobile Supply House at 1105-7 14th St.