Van Ness Apartments in the 1970s

From the cars in the photo, we’re guessing this is the late 1970s, maybe the early 1980s.

Willard Hotel in 1907

Here’s another lovely old photo showing the Willard Hotel way back in 1907.

Peacock Alley in the Willard Hotel

We’re all cooped up consuming an inordinate amount of negative news staring at the tube. How about some cool photos and imagery of days gone by to take your mind off of what’s happening, even if just for a minute....

Woodward & Lothrop Building in the 1920s

Need something to take your mind off what’s happening? How about some great old photos of downtown Washington 100 years ago? Here’s a terrific old image showing the Woodward & Lothrop Building, which still stands today. What a beautiful old...

23 Detailed Maps of Washington, D.C. in 1874

These are old maps of Washington in 1874. They're amazingly detailed and are a "manual for business men."

Snowy Maryland Avenue in 1890s Southwest

This shows a snowy street in D.C. back in the early 1890s. You’re looking at Maryland Ave. Southwest near 7th St. Source: D.C. Library

Snowy Southwest Street in 1899

Below is a great old photo of Southwest D.C. from 1899, showing the aftermath of the 1899 blizzard. You’re looking up 6th St. SW towards the old B&O railroad station at 6th and B St. NW (Constitution Ave.). Below is...

1963 Map of D.C. Public Housing

Here is an interesting map we found on the D.C. public library’s website. It’s a map of the National Capital Housing Authority’s public housing in the District back in 1963. Source: Dig DC If you haven’t yet donated to the...

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Ghosts of DC Started Eight Years Ago Today

Thank you for eight great years of Ghosts of DC! Nearly 3K posts, 45K followers on social media, and several million readers over the years.

Old D.C. Council Campaign Posters

Not everyone wins an election. Here's a sample of some people who ran for D.C. Council and didn't make it.