Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Babe Ruth signs up for the New York National Guard

Notable People & Places

Babe Ruth Enlists in the National Guard

The most popular man in America, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, arrived with the New York Yankees in May of 1924 to play two games against the Washington Senators. Several days earlier, he had enlisted with the...

Abraham Lincoln colorized (1865)

Notable People & Places, The Best Of

Abraham Lincoln in Color (1865)

This is a very famous photo of President Lincoln from February 5th, 1865. The President would be assassinated a short two months later at Ford’s Theatre. I also found a colorized photo of the one taken...

The "Rainbow Row" of homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW

Other Cool Stuff

If Walls Could Talk: The Blue House at 2509 Cliffbourne Pl. NW – Part 4

This is the last post in a four-part series covering the photogenic houses on Cliffbourne Pl. NW, between Calvert St. and Biltmore St. I’m sure you’ve seen photos of the set on Flickr, the Washington Post...

The "Rainbow Row" of homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW

Other Cool Stuff

If Walls Could Talk: The Red House at 2511 Cliffbourne Pl. NW – Part 3

This is the third post in a four-part series covering the rainbow row of homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW, between Calvert St. and Biltmore St. It’s a very striking red, which looks great at sunset and...

The "Rainbow Row" of homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk: The Yellow House at 2513 Cliffbourne Pl. NW – Part 2

This is the second post in a four-part series covering the colorful homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW, between Calvert St. and Biltmore St. This one is the brightest of the set and it really stands out...

The "Rainbow Row" of homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk: The Green House at 2515 Cliffbourne Pl. NW – Part 1

This is the first in a four-part series of posts covering the colorful homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW, between Calvert St. and Biltmore St. You’ve seen these before, the green, yellow, red and blue homes, perfectly...

Half-length portrait of Charles Moran, baseball player for the American League Washington Senators, standing at South Side Park which was located at West 37th Street, South Princeton Avenue, West Pershing Road (formerly West 39th Street), and South Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square community area of Chicago, Illinois.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Washington Senators Secure Moran of Georgetown

The front page of the Washington Times reported a big local signing in December of 1902 for the Washington Senators. They had inked the Georgetown shortstop, Charley Moran, to a contract

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Plane Crash in Anacostia Kills Two

Came across is crazy photo on Shorpy. This happened on November 9th, 1938 when two aviators, Lieutenant Colonel Leslie MacDill and Private Joseph G. Gloxner burned to death in, what was then, the worst aerial tragedy...

Concorde taking off

Historical Events

First Commercial Concorde Flight Lands at Dulles

The first transatlantic Concorde flight arrived at Dulles Airport in 1976 to much fanfare. Read the story and see the photos.

Hay-Adams residence circa 1890

Notable People & Places

The Old Hay-Adams House

The corner of 16th and H St. NW wasn’t always dominated by the Hay-Adams hotel. Prior to the hotel being built in 1928, two large and beautiful Victorian homes sat on this corner, occupied by the...

Col. Benjamin F. Fisher and staff on steps of Signal Corps headquarters, 1816 F St., NW

Historical Events

Great Civil War Photographs of Washington

Here is a great gallery of some Civil War photographs I uncovered at the Library of Congress. It appears that the Treasury Department is in the background of the Sanitary Commission photograph at 15th and F...

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Cooling Off in Rock Creek

Here’s a photo of some kids having fun cooling off in Rock Creek. The photo is from July 28th, 1921 via Shorpy. These kids look like they’re having an awesome time and I’m guessing is one...

Riggs Nationals Bank (1919)

Then and Now

Then and Now: Riggs National Bank – 15th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Here is a nice “Then and Now” shot of the old Riggs National Bank across from the Department of Treasury. I found this in the Smithsonian’s Flickr feed. The first one is from 1919 and the...

Overturned bus in Petworth (1921)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Slippery When Wet … a Bus Flips on 16th St.

This is not good. Apparently the Washington Transit Company bus driver was going too fast to take a turn in the rain and this was the result. Does anyone else find it odd (and amusing) that...

District National Bank, Dupont Circle (1924)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

District National Bank Branch Office (1924)

WOW. This one is awesome. It’s a colorized photograph from 1924 and it shows cars lined up outside the District National Bank, Dupont Circle branch. I’ll need a little help locating exactly where this is. It’s highly...

150 Rhode Island Ave. NW

If Walls Could Talk, Reader's Choice

If Walls Could Talk: The Seaton at 150 Rhode Island Ave. NW

I received an email from a reader saying she learned of Ghosts of DC through this post on Big Bear Cafe. She kindly asked if I would look into the history of her Bloomingdale condo building...

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk: Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe

I’m really excited about doing this one and I’m sure there are a few of you out there that are really going to enjoy learning about our favorite spot, Kramerbooks. Since 1976, this place has been...

Eckington streetcar accident (1919)

From the Crazy Vault

Officials Probe Eckington Streetcar Disaster

This looks bad. And, it is as bad as it looks. I came across this old photo on Shorpy (of course). It was a major streetcar derailment that injured 35 passengers, resulting in the arrest of...