Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Columbia Hospital

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Check Out Foggy Bottom’s Columbia Hospital in the 1920s

What a great old photo of Columbia Hospital taken some time in the early 1920s. Source: Library of Congress

3904 Legation St. NW

Old Ads & Classifieds

Chevy Chase Home: $15K to $1.1 Million in 93 Years

Here’s a beautiful old home in Chevy Chase advertised for sale in the Sunday, November 6th, 1921 edition of The Washington Herald. It was listed at $15,000 then, and it just so happens that it is currently...

Faces & Places of Yesterday, Old Ads & Classifieds

Big Mac’s Golden Garter: 1960’s Capitol Hill Go-Go Bar

We received a great tweet from @capitolization a while ago and wanted to do a little digging into the history of the Golden Garter sign. Remington's sign removed, reveals old sign from the Golden Garter. Great...

Congressional pages have snowball fight in 1923

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Republicans vs. Democrats Congressional Snowball Fight

How fun is this old photo taken on December 14th, 1923? It shows a large group of boys who were Congressional pages on both sides of the aisle, battling it out with snowballs. I’d love to...

northeast corner of 14th and Irving St. NW

Faces & Places of Yesterday

What Did Columbia Heights at 14th and Irving Look Like in the 1920s?

How amazing is this photo? It’s from around 1918 to 1922. You are looking from the southwest corner, where the Metro entrance is today, across the street towards the other Metro entrance and the BB&T bank....

Potomac Park Apartments

Faces & Places of Yesterday

What Did 21st and C Street Look Like in 1924?

21st and C St. NW looked very different back around 1924 (mislabeled by the Library of Congress as 1916). The photo below shows the Potomac Park Apartments. This is the location of the Department of State...

9th St. NW

Faces & Places of Yesterday

9th and G Street Looked Very Different in 1922

How awesome is this old photo of 9th St. NW? According to the Library of Congress, this is from 1922, although it was mislabeled 9th and S St. Moore’s Rialto was located at 713 9th St....

1919 map of Columbia Heights

GoDCers Love Maps

Can You Find Your House on This 1919 Map of Columbia Heights?

How cool is this old map of Columbia Heights and 16th St. NW? Click on it for a much larger version and start exploring to see what you recognize. Who knows … maybe you’ll see your...

July 7th, 1926

Faces & Places of Yesterday

How Awesome Was It To Swim in the Reflecting Pool?

These boys look like they’re having the time of their lives. This photo was taken back in the 1920s, when you were able to swim in the Reflecting Pool. I should note that they are swimming...

Washington & Lee High School

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Fascinating Photo of Washington and Lee High School in Arlington

Check out this amazing old photo of Washington & Lee High School in 1916 (according to the Library of Congress, though I’m sure that’s mislabeled because construction didn’t start until 1924 according to Wikipedia). If you didn’t...

American University in 1916

Faces & Places of Yesterday

What Did American University Look Like in 1916?

Take a look at this old photo of American University. Can you recognize where this is? Source: Library of Congress

Guest Posts, Historical Events

A Call to Arms After the Burning of Washington

We found a couple of fascinating pages out of two newspapers from the days following the Burning of Washington. Both papers, The Columbian – out of New York City – and the Federal Republican – out...

Guest Posts, Historical Events

British Troops Regret Burning Washington; Madison’s Cabinet Slow to React

We’re coming up on the 200th anniversary of the Burning of Washington. On the 100th anniversary, the Washington Times wrote a long retrospect on what happened, along with reactions from some of the players. The Times...

Heurich Beer in the 1950s

From the Crazy Vault

FBI Arrests Chevy Chase Boys in Fake I.D. Scandal

The next time your father or grandfather tells you he never found himself in trouble during his youth, approach that claim with some skepticism, especially if he grew up in Chevy Chase. Check out this fantastic...

1926 Brookland real estate advertisement

Old Ads & Classifieds

Brookland Real Estate Ad from 1926

Here is a terrific old advertisement for real estate in Brookland. This was printed in The Washington Post on Sunday, May 2nd, 1926.

John Henry Balch, Corpsman, U.S. Navy, visiting Washington, D.C., in June 1917 [at Columbus statue at Union Station], while awaiting shipment overseas. The Marine on the right is not identified. [Portraits.] [Scene, World War I, World War 1.] John Henry Balch. 06/1917; NH 80571; Courtesy of Commander J.H. Balch, U.S. Navy (retired), 1974.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Two World War I Marines in Front of Union Station

Here’s another great photo send in by GoDCer Michael. These two marines are sitting in front of Union Station, on the Columbus Statue as they await getting shipped out for World War I.

The old U.S. Naval Observatory, on the Hilltop in Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C., the current headquarter of BUMED.

Notable People & Places

Old U.S. Naval Observatory in Foggy Bottom

This is a really cool film sent to us by GoDCer Michael. Thanks for sending, and sorry it took so long to post!

Map of Washington, D.C., and environs : with marginal numbers and measuring tape attachment for instantly locating points of interest within a radius of twenty miles from the Capitol /

GoDCers Love Maps

Awesome 1887 Map of Washington

This is a terrific old map of Washington from 1887. Source: Library of Congress