Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

February 1913. "Woman suffrage -- hikers arriving in Washington from New York." Today marks the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Over the next few days we'll post some more suffrage photos. Harris & Ewing glass negative. (Shorpy)

Old Photo Friday: Women’s Suffrage Parade in 1914

Here’s an excellent photo capturing history in Washington. This is a parade of suffragettes but I can’t quite make out where they are. If you know where this is, or think you recognize the building in the foreground...

Albert Ernest Beitzell (from GoDCer Christina)

From a GoDCer: A Family Connection to a Tragic Suicide

I really enjoy getting emails from GoDCers and reading the great personal connections they have to local history. Below is an email I received last week along with an article worthy of a “From the Crazy...

looking north on 9th St. NW in 1915 (Shorpy)

Old Photo Friday: 9th St. NW in 1915

These high-resolution photos continue to amaze me with their details. This one is from 1915, showing some activity on 9th St. NW, near downtown. The block on the left is currently occupied by the FBI building....

Caldwell Hall at Catholic University - 1915 (Shorpy)

Afternoon Photo: Caldwell Hall at Catholic University (1915)

Here’s your afternoon photo. This great shot of Caldwell Hall at Catholic University is pretty amazing. Click on it for the high resolution version and study it a little closer. Thanks to the ever-amazing Shorpy. Related...

Woodlawn Cemetery (source: woodlawndc.org)

Removal of Bodies From Graceland Cemetery Leads to Lawsuit

GoDCer Ronnie tweeted a request for a Woodlawn Cemetery and Ward 7 post this week, so I’m happy to oblige. In fact, I’m going to share a story which dates back to the origins of the...

The Willard Hotel in 1922 (Shorpy)

Morning Photo: The Willard Hotel in 1922

We love the Willard Hotel. Who doesn’t? The place is full of amazing history. We posted a view from the top of the hotel last week and this week we’re posting a view of the hotel....

East Potomac Golf Club (East Potomac Park), Washington, D.C., aerial view from above Haines Point looking north toward the Mall (Library of Congress)

View of East Potomac Park From the Air (1935)

Here is a great old photograph of East Potomac Park and Hains Point (which we learned about yesterday). This was taken by an airplane (obviously) from the photo section of Bolling Field. You can clearly see...

#1101 on fan trip at 7th Street & Florida - January 27th, 1962, the last day ever (source: Joe Testagrose collection)

Awesome Old Streetcar Photos … A Lot of Them

I stumbled across a great resource for streetcar photos. Check out the slide show below of some photos I pulled. The map below is the transit map for Washington in 1948. Click on it for a...

Wish You Were Here photo (1975)

Pink Floyd’s Connection to the CIA and Ronald Reagan

We haven’t done a concert-related post in a while.We have featured the Beatles, Janis Joplin, The Dead, Hendrix and The Doors both at the Hilton, The Beach Boys, U2 in Georgetown, The Police in Adams Morgan,...

Pennsylvania Ave. looking towards Treasury (Library of Congress)

Frederick Douglass: Generous Tipper and Role Model for Newspaper Boys

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. For black newspaper boys holding their street corners throughout downtown Washington, on Thursday January 13, 1870 there was a new paper to hawk, a paper uniquely...

General Post Office from the corner of 8th Street and E Street, NW, Washington, D.C., the shop of Elija Dyer, merchant tailor, on the left

Afternoon Photo: Old Post Office at 8th and E St. NW

Following up on our Postal Service theme from earlier today, here’s a great afternoon photo for you to stare at for a bit. It’s a daguerreotype taken by John Plumbe in 1846 featuring the post office...

E-COM letter (source: businessinsider.com)

Post Office Embraces “Electronic Mail” and E-COM

In 1982, the United States Post Office launched a new system dubbed E-COM (Electronic Computer-Originated Mail) as an attempt to adopt the nascent technology of electronic mail. Almost comical by today’s standard, but probably thought of...

Why Is It Named Hains Point?

Hains point is named for Peter Conover Hains. That was easy. You would know that if you checked Wikipedia, so I’m not really adding any value with this post. But if you go down there and...

View of the Capitol, by Charles Burton, Watercolor on Paper - 1824 (source: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center)

Beautiful View of the Capitol Down The Avenue in 1824

Here’s a great and iconic image for your commute home. I came across this great image at the Capitol Visitor Center’s website (great resource by the way). Below is the description I pulled from the site. This...

U.S. Senate subway circa 1915 (Shorpy)

The Senate Subway in 1915

If you work on Capitol Hill, you’re going to find this one fascinating. This is the underground subway that many of you take between buildings. Okay, it’s changed a little bit since then, but check it...

Snow's Court

The Changing Tides of Race in the District: The Case of Snows Court

This is a guest post by Rick. He also wrote a good one on the White House Easter Egg Roll. Gentrification is a sensitive issue in a city where black Washingtonians became the majority race of residents only...

Metro’s 17-Foot Long “Experimental Station”

This is a guest post by Aaron. He also wrote a really popular post on red metro trains. At first glance, this looks like a mundane promotional photo from the early days of Metro’s Judiciary Square station....

D.C. Fire Dept. car for Semmes Motor Co." National Photo Company Collection glass negative (Shorpy)

D.C. Fire Department Car in 1922

Here’s a Sunday night photo for you as you’re trolling the Internet, dreading tomorrow (case of the Mondays?). This is a super high-resolution photo of an old D.C. Fire Department car from 1922. Click on it...