Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

JFK at Bowling Green State University

Notable People & Places

Senator John F. Kennedy Outtakes

Here’s an interesting video I came across on YouTube. I’m not quite sure what year this is from, but I’m guessing it’s somewhere in the mid-1950s. It’s fascinating to watch the former Senator and President messing...

Constitution Avenue

Why Is It Named...?

Why Is It Named Constitution Avenue?

Do you know why it's named Constitution Avenue? There's an interesting story behind it which includes the state of Wisconsin.

Blaine Mansion (1900)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Blaine Mansion: Pizza and Good Beer Today

Here’s a great color photo courtesy the D.C. Public Library Flickr photostream. It was taken, just at the turn of the century. The house was built in 1881 and was the home of James G. Blaine,...

Fred & Ethel Mertz

Other Cool Stuff

Fred and Ethel Mertz Perform at The Mayflower

Here’s a rare film I came across on YouTube. Fred and Ethel Mertz (William Frawley and Vivian Vance) from I Love Lucy performed “Carolina in the Morning” at the 40th anniversary dinner for the Anti-Defamation League....

View of Washington Monument (1922)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Vista of Monument From Lincoln Memorial

Here is a nice photograph from 1922. You’re looking at the Washington Monument from within the Lincoln Memorial, which has just opened. The memorial has not yet been formally dedicated — a ceremony attended by Lincoln’s...

Potomac bathing beauties (1920)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Potomac Bathing Beach Beauties

These ladies look like they’re having a great time hanging out at the old Tidal Basin bathing beach. That would be an absolutely nasty place to swim today. Thanks Shorpy! Related articles Bathing Suit Police at...

Basketball and learning the Charleston (1926)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Basketball and the Charleston

I’ll leave you with this last photo from 1926. This is a great way to end your Friday. This was taken in the old Columbia Heights Arcade. Vivian Marinelli is teaching these guys the Charleston …...

Ben's Chili Bowl (Wikipedia)

Other Cool Stuff

Why Is It Named U Street?

I took a fair bit of time to do a little research into how U street got its name. After some research, it was abundantly clear that this wouldn’t be a short post. This is an...

Miss Elizabeth Ramey (1924)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Local Alexandria Teacher Buys a Ford

I rarely need to augment these colorized photos with words. It’s almost spooky to look at a color photo from almost 90 years ago. All the previous ones have been amazing and this one is right...

Washington Post front page photo (1946)

From the Crazy Vault

Murder Victim Admitted His Interest in Men

This is a horrible story that I came across in the Washington Post. Read this in the context of it being the 1940s because it’s very disturbing. In early June of 1946, the murder of a...

Arlington House (Library of Congress)

Why Is It Named...?

Why Is It Named Arlington?

Arlington is the epicenter of recent college graduates working as paralegals, consultants or in information technology. They fill the high-rise apartments or group homes lining Wilson Blvd., Fairfax Dr. and the Orange Line from Rosslyn out...

Kids playing with guns at Woodrow Wilson High School (1943)

Other Cool Stuff

Children and a Mock Execution

This is a shocking photo. Look at this picture of two children playing with fake guns. Kids emulate what they see and this was taken at the height of World War II in 1943. The cadets...

Sidwell Friends girls' basketball team (1917)

Other Cool Stuff

Sidwell Friends Girls’ Basketball Team (1917)

Here’s a great photo from Shorpy. I can’t believe they played in those uniforms.

N and Union St. SW (1942)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Incredible Color Photo From Southwest D.C. During World War II

This photo is from 1942 and it speaks for itself. Stunning. It’s courtesy of¬†Shorpy again. Best … site … ever. I should add that this is color, not colorized like the Lincoln photo. Related articles Old...

Reader's Choice

Suite 870: the Haunted “Ghost Suite” at the Omni Shoreham Hotel

By now, everyone should know this is a blog about local history and stories lost to time. But our reader Suzanne commented on Facebook that we should post a local ghost story. So, I’m happy to...

Massachusetts and 21st St. NW (1917)

Then and Now

Car Flattened Near Dupont Circle

This is not good. We’re looking at a photo of a car accident on the northeast corner of Massachusetts and 21st St. NW. This is just two block west of Dupont Circle and a block north...

Commuter traffic from bus strike (1974)

Other Cool Stuff

Bus Strike Creates Traffic Disaster

Talk about serious road rage … OMG, this would suck. Just be glad you’re not facing this carmageddon today. And don’t complain if there’s a 12 minute wait at Rosslyn for the Orange Line. You don’t...

Joe and Herb doing tricks

From the Crazy Vault

A Failed Suicide Attempt to One-Legged Bicycle Acrobat

Herbert Bell was the unfortunate victim of a railroad accident in 1912, where he lost his left above the knee. He was able to sue for damages, but only recouped $500 (shocking and sad). He was...