October 1, 2013

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Post Office postmen on scooters." Kind of a Segway vibe here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

U.S. Post Office “Segways” of 1917

Check this out. Look familiar? This mode of transportation closely resembles the Segways you see zipping around D.C., carrying tourists around the sites. Or maybe a little like those Razor Scooters. Source: Shorpy You should also recognize this location as...

The Leg of Ulric Dahlgren

Walking through the Navy Yard a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an incongruous plaque embedded on the side of a building. The building was a modern parking garage, similar to dozens around the city, and unremarkable in every particular....

Federal Agencies Shutdown; Workers Go Home … in 1995

Welcome to Groundhog Day! We’ve been through this before and it didn’t work out well for one of the sides. Plus, they even based an episode of the West Wing on what happened. Who plays Ted Cruz when this shutdown...

May 1st, 1760

1,000 Acres to Lease in Fairfax County (1760)

How cool is this? It’s a really, really old advertisement from the Maryland Gazette in Annapolis, printed on May 1st, 1760. It’s an ad for a large tract of land for rent in Fairfax, about 40 miles northwest of Alexandria....

Never Built: Metro’s Bridge Over Rock Creek

In these 1966 drawings, train cars roll under Connecticut Avenue, but above Rock Creek. These amazing early Metro plans never came to fruition. They depict the Red Line between Dupont Circle and Woodley Park.