Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Old Post Office (1900)

Amazing Photo of the Old Post Office

Here’s a cool short post to end this Friday. I was scanning Shorpy and came across this photograph. I think it’s amazing. The building was built between 1892 and 1899. This photo was taken a year...

Big Bear Cafe

If Walls Could Talk: Big Bear Cafe

Big Bear Cafe is a lovely coffee shop which has warmed up Bloomingdale residents since 2007. It’s a favorite of many in the neighborhood and, for better or worse, people in other neighborhoods (this Portlandia clip...

The Looking Glass

If Walls Could Talk: The Looking Glass Lounge

This next installment of “If Walls Could Talk” will be the Petworth watering hole, The Looking Glass Lounge. This is one of my favorite places for a Sunday afternoon beer, especially in the warmer months, out...

Pabst Blue Ribbon advertisement - 1903

D.C. and Pabst Blue Ribbon: A Hundred Years of Love

This is the beer you’ll see dominating bars like Solly’s, Red Palace or Wonderland. So this short “Old Ads and Classifieds” post is for them. Pabst was a much larger brewery in the early 1900s and...

Saving Daylight! postcard (1918)

We Need Daylight Savings … and More Cigars!

We haven’t always had daylight savings … back in 1918, there was debate on Capitol Hill about time zones and daylight savings. Interestingly enough, we did not have standardized time zones until the passage of the...

Robert Todd Lincoln at His Father’s Memorial Dedication

File this one away in the historic candids section. On May 30th, 1922 and at the advanced age of 78, Robert Todd Lincoln is seen arriving at the dedication of the memorial to his father Abraham...

Yosef Alon and family. Photo: Courtesy of Alon family

Israeli Diplomat Murdered in Front of Bethesda Home

Late at night on July 1st, 1973, Colonel Yosef Alon and his wife, Devora, returned from an Israeli embassy party. They pulled into the driveway of their Bethesda, MD (5519 Trent St.) and exited the vehicle....

Duchess of Idaho

Today on WTOP: Esther Williams (1952)

This is a gem that I found in the January 5th, 1952 Washington Post. Esther Williams was a big deal in the 1950s as kind ofย  a Jennifer Aniston. She was a former synchronized swimmer and...

Grand Review of the Armies - May 1865

Thanks For the Encouragement

Okay, it turns out it’s not exactly easy to crank out two or three posts each day. So far, I’m averaging three posts daily and maybe one or two on Saturday and Sunday. Usually one of...

Rock Creek Park stone bridge - Beach Drive

Then and Now: Boulder Bridge, Rock Creek Park … and Meet Lansing H. Beach

If you’ve spent any time in Rock Creek Park, you have seen or crossed over this bridge. Below is a little history on it from a plan documenting the structure in 1995. And to the right...

Close up of accident at Columbia Rd. and Sherman Ave. NW

Wreck at Columbia Rd. and Sherman Ave. NW

Here are a couple photos from my new favorite site, Shorpy. This was taken on January 5th, 1921 at the intersection of Columbia Rd. and Sherman Ave. NW. Now this is cool … take a look...

Beach Policeman (1922)

Bathing Suit Police at the Tidal Basin

Here’s an amazing shot I found on Shorpy (what an amazing site), taken at the Tidal Basin bathing beach in 1922. The photograph is Washington police officer Bill Norton measuring the distance between the knee and...

Grand Review of the Armies - May 1865

The Grand Review of the Armies (May, 1865)

The Grand Review of the Armies happened on May 23rd and 24th, 1865 after the formal end of The Civil War. Much of the Union Army paraded through the streets of Washington (most importantly, Pennsylvania Ave.),...

Popular Lieutenant Sprinkle of the 5th precinct (1914)

Officer Sprinkle: Captured Geronimo, Accused Bootlegger, and Bodyguard to President Wilson

A couple of reader comments about an Officer Sprinkle in this earlier post piqued my interest in finding out a little more about the guy who has the kind of name you’d give to a cat....

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Video of Stevie Ray Vaughan Live in D.C. circa 1983? … Wow

This one’s a good one from YouTube and it’s a little more contemporary, but given the artist in the video, I find this significant and musically historical. Stevie Ray Vaughan himself, was live in the nation’s...

Native Americans at the White House

Native Americans at the White House During the Civil War

Great old photo from the Library of Congress. It doesn’t have an exact date on it, but it says it was created somewhere between 1909 and 1940 and gifted to the Library of Congress in 1947...

Oyster advertisements in the Alexandria Gazette

You Want Oysters? Back in 1890, You’d Go to Alexandria

Reading this makes me a little hungry. I was scanning the old Alexandria Gazette (2 cents!) from December 4th, 1890 and noticed that they have an entire column dedicated to oyster advertisements. Mrs. Rammel has quite...

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson Home Movies From the 1960s

The description below is cut straight from YouTube. This is a home movie from Lady Bird Johnson during the 1960s. The LBJ Library has an entire YouTube channel dedicated to these, so check them out. They’re...