Great 1930s Film Footage of Washington, D.C.

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Destruction of 1913 Storm

I can’t make out the sign above the door at left, can you? I’d like to do a little digging on this collapsed building. The

Film Footage of Washington in 1931

This is amateur 16mm film shot and uploaded to YouTube. The voiceover is amusing, but the scenes are a great step back in time over 80 years.

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.