Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Presidential Limousine - Bubble Top Parade Car - Presidential Motorcade - President Eisenhower - Queen Elizabeth - United States Visit - Washington DC - October, 1957

Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth Driving in Presidential Limo

This wonderful old photo of Pennsylvania Avenue in 1957 shows President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth in an old Lincoln Cosmopolitan. Source: Flickr user Dave Gelinas And here’s another. Source: Flickr user Dave Gelinas Source: Flickr user...

White House- Washington DC- circa 1950 Photographed by my grandfather with Leica 111c 35mm circa 1950

The White House in 1950

This beautiful photo of the north side of the White House was taken in 1950. Click on it for more. Source: Martin Archer on Flickr Here’s another cool shot of the President’s House. Source: Flickr

Capitol, Washington, D.C., north-east view. Dome and front unfinished, June 28, 1863.

Rare, Stunning 1863 Photo of Capitol Building

This incredible old photo of the Capitol Building shows it just after the new dome was completed in 1863. Source: Library of Congress

Corner store at 4th and M Streets SW, northwest corner, looking up 4th Street toward L, 1100 block

What Did Southwest Washington Look Like in the 1950s?

Here’s a shot of typical life in Southwest Washington back in the 1950s. You’re looking at a corner store at 4th and M St. SW. Source: Dig DC The same corner today looks a little different.

Smithsonian Institution Building, “The Castle,” c. 1867.

The Smithsonian Castle in 1867

Amazing old photograph of the Smithsonian Castle back in 1867, a couple years after the Civil War. Source: Smithsonian

Great 1922 Aerial Mosaic of Washington, D.C.

This great photo of Washington was taken from the air in 1922. Click on it for a larger version. Source: Library of Congress

Advertisement for 1201 Clifton St. NW

1910 Ads for Clifton St. Homes in Columbia Heights

Here’s an old advertisement that we found in The Washington Times from Saturday, June 4th, 1910. It shows a row of homes on Clifton St. in Columbia Heights, recently finished, and for sale at $7,750. Source: Library of...

1885 Map of Washington Sewers and Water Mains

These are probably not maps you initially would find interesting, but click on them for greater details. They’re fascinating. Source: Library of Congress Source: Library of Congress

1911 Map of D.C. Streets and Highways

This old map shows the highways in and around Washington in 1911. Source: Library of Congress

Capitol Building and a lot of cars parked in front of it in the 1960s

You Won’t See the Capitol Like This Ever Again

This photo of the Capitol Building from the 1960s is something you’ll never see again. The Capitol Dome under construction and a lot of cars parked out in front of it. Source: snipview.com

1610 14th St. NW

14th St. Buildings in 1920 Before Pearl Dive, Ghibellina, and Rice

This great old photo shows 1610 14th St. NW, which is currently Ghibellina in the middle, Rice on the left, and Pearl Dive on the right. So cool. Click on it to zoom in on the...

Circa 1911. "Washington from Washington Monument." Points of interest in this panoramic view include B Street (today's Constitution Avenue), running diagonally from the Potomac Electric powerhouse at lower left; Louisiana Avenue, branching off in the general direction of Union Station at upper right; the Old Post Office and its clock tower at left-center across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Raleigh Hotel under construction; the Agriculture Department greenhouses in the foreground with a corner of the Smithsonian "National Museum" at far right, just below Center Market; Liberty Market at upper left, below what looks to be a vast tent encampment; and, at right-upper-center, the Pension Office north of Judiciary Square and the District Court House. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

Rare Aerial View of Washington in 1911

This is a photo that we haven’t seen before. It shows most of downtown D.C. in 1911 as seen from the air. Click on it to see the amazing details. Source: Shorpy

Parking lot in DC, April 1938

Do You Know Where This Parking Lot Was?

This great old photo shows a parking lot in the District across from a church. Does anyone in the GoDC community know where this is? Add your thoughts below in the comments. Source: Photogrammer

Capito Dome under construction in 1860s

Incredibly Rare 1860s Photo of Capitol Dome Construction

This very rare photo of the Capitol Dome under construction shows it as it looked during the early days of the Civil War. Source: Library of Congress

Amazing Aerial Mosaic of D.C. From 1918

What a cool old image of D.C. as seen from the air in 1918. Click on it for a larger version to see some incredible details. Source: Library of Congress

Bridge spanned the Potomac River from Georgetown to Rosslyn, Virginia and was demolished after construction of the Key Bridge

Cool Photo of Aqueduct Bridge in 1910

This cool old photo of Aqueduct Bridge shows what it looked like 105 years ago. Source: Dig DC

We Loved Empire of Mud by J.D. Dickey. You Will Too.

You’ll love this book too if you’re a fan of this blog. We guarantee it. This is a captivating book that details the history of our city from the early days before its birth, to George...

Street railways of the District of Columbia with proposed extensions : to accompany communication of March 20, 1912.

Streetcar System Map and Proposed Extensions in 1912

This is a map of the Washington streetcar system from 1912, definitely something that our friends at Greater Greater Washington will love. Make sure you click on this for a larger, detailed version. Source: Library of...