Here’s a photo of some kids having fun cooling off in Rock Creek. The photo is from July 28th, 1921 via Shorpy. These kids look like they’re having an awesome time and I’m guessing is one of those D.C. summer scorchers where the thermometer is hovering around 102 degrees. Look at the kid in the middle. He looks totally overwhelmed by the water. Ah … to be a kid.

Kids cooling off in Rock Creek
Kids cooling off in Rock Creek
 

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Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. switchboards." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

History of the Telephone in D.C.

A Washington Post article from December 16th, 1928 celebrated the 50th anniversary of telephones in D.C. with a detailed history of its origins. The article mentions that there were 150,000 phones in the city, approximately one for every 3.4 people.

Slave Market of American broadside (Library of Congress)

Slave Market of America

Below is a fascinating old broadside that we came across in the Library of Congress archives. Here is the description … A broadside condemning the

Gas range avertisement 1916

Need a Gas Range circa 1916?

If you live in the D.C. metropolitan area, and you pay bills, chances are, you’re paying Washington Gas (formerly known as Washington Gas Light Company).