Washington, DC history

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New Gonzaga College advertisement in the Washington Times - August 31st, 1913

The New Gonzaga College in 1913

Along the same lines as the earlier post today with the St. Albans advertisement, here is another prominent (and old) local school. Gonzaga had just built their Main Building in 1912, now named Dooley Hall. Read...

Jasper Johns Artwork Priced at $40?

This is a guest post by Aaron. Washington art fans might have unwrapped some top-notch holiday gifts in December 1960.  A hip gallery just south of Dupont Circle featured the work of up-and-coming artists for a brief...

The National Cathedral School for Boys advertisement in the Washington Herald - 1910

The National Cathedral School for Boys (St. Albans) in 1910

If you went to St. Albans, you will probably find this fascinating. If you know someone that went there, send this to them. It’s an old advertisement from the Washington Herald, back in 1910. The school...

"Tilden or Blood" by Thomas Nast in Harper's weekly - Febuary 17th 1877 (Wikipedia)

Election Day 1876: Shakespeare at the National, Real Estate Listings and Rutherford B. Hayes vs. Samuel J. Tilden

If you’re a history buff — and a presidential history buff — you’re well aware of the 1876 U.S. Presidential election. This is not a post about that. You can read up on the whole election...

Connecticut Avenue Association advertisement in the Washington Times - February 3rd, 1921

Connecticut Avenue, the Shopping Focus of Quality and Economy

This is a great advertisement from the early 1920s. The Connecticut Avenue Association was promoting retail up and down Connecticut Ave., near Dupont Circle, including the Dupont National Bank. Related articles Car Flattened Near Dupont Circle...

White House north view - 1901 (Library of Congress)

White House Renovation Is Not Pleasing; Historic Lines Lost, Texas Steers’ Heads for Decorations

Teddy Roosevelt moved into the White House and made some changes that rocked the boat. The Executive Mansion was getting pretty cramped with the expanding needs of the president’s staff. Below is an article from the...

Dr. Wyeth advertisement in the Washington Times - April 28th, 1911

I Make Sick Teeth Well

Pretty sweet ad — “I Make Sick Teeth Well” — captures your attention and tells you what you want. Fix my teeth. Also, this guy had offices everywhere, with an office in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia?...

Abraham Lincoln for President in the Daily National Republican - July 21st, 1864

For President: Abraham Lincoln of Illinois

This is a great find. I was digging through old newspapers in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America archives and came across this from the Daily National Republican. It dates back to July 21st, 1864. Related articles...

Sargol Company Flesh Builder advertisement in the Washington Times - May 12th, 1912

Let Us Make You Fat

This is an odd advertisement that wouldn’t play well today. Below the image of the man and woman snickering about the skinny people behind them, This is a generous offer to every thin man or woman...

Independent Ice Co. advertisement in The Evening Critic - May 6th, 1885

Before Fridges, Ice From Maine Shipped to D.C.

Ice harvesting in Maine was a booming industry in the late 19th century through the first decades of the 20th century. The Independent Ice Company, headed by C. B. Church, was one of the larger distributors...

Police call box at 13 1/2 and D St. NW in 1912 (Wikipedia)

Old Police Call Boxes of Washington

Most of you probably walk right by those old police boxes scattered throughout the city. Some of them have been turned into miniature art exhibits — like the ones in Mt. Pleasant. Check out the video...

Washington Capitals (rocktheredpitt.blogspot.com)

Let’s go CAPS!

Today is the 133rd day of the year and it’s also the day the Caps can advance to the conference finals. Sleezy 14th Street Porno District — You’re sick. You’re all sick. Get your mind out of...

Think It Over, Mr. Careless Husband advertisement in the Washington Times - September 26th, 1911

Think It Over, Mr. Careless Husband

Check out this ridiculously anachronistic advertisement from 1906. The one above, and below are, for gas ranges by S.S. Shedd and Brothers located at 432 9th St. NW (now where the FBI building stands). Related articles...

Arnold's India Pale Ale advertisement in the Washington Times - December 16th, 1906

Arnold’s India Pale Ale: The Invalid. The Convalescent. The Entirely Well. It Does Them All Good.

Who doesn’t like a good IPA these days? I found this simple ad for Arnold’s India Pale Ale in the Washington Times. Back in 1906, Charles Jacobsen was the owner of Arlington Bottling Company, located at...

Burrojaps Shoes advertisement in the Washington Times - June 18th, 1912

Burrojaps Shoes Are Worn By Winners

Here’s a cool advertisement from the Washington Times. This is from June 18th, 1912. By the way, Washington played the Philadelphia A’s that day and beat them 5-4 to pull within 1 1/2 games of the...

Washington's Joe Judge sliding at home

Joe Judge: Washington’s First Baseman and “That Other Washington Monument”

To close out our week of baseball posts, we are going to highlight an old local baseball hero … one who you might not know. Joe Judge was Washington’s first baseman for almost 18 seasons, starting...

Bull Durham smoking tobacco advertisement in the Washington Times - March 6th, 1916

The Smoke of Men Who Win

This clearly would be the cigarette of choice for Charlie Sheen … and since you open the door to hustle with Bull Durham, maybe throw in a twist of Pete Rose. Related articles Sleezy 14th Street...

Christian Heurich Brewing Company advertisement in the Washington Times - June 24th, 1904

A Prescription for Beer

Who wouldn’t want a doctor to prescribe them beer? What an excellent doctor, promoting the “appetizing, nourishing, strengthening, and general upbuilding results” of delicious beer. Related articles Budweiser: Palatable, Healthful, Nutritious. Instrinsically Good. (ghostsofdc.org) A Suicide and...