Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Hillbrook advertisement 1918

Old Ads & Classifieds

Beautifully Located Hillbrook; 1918 Real Estate Advertisement

We’ve never featured Hillbrook, so here’s our first item uncovered for the neighborhood. If you’re from the area, or know someone that lives there, make sure to pass this along. Does anyone recognize the buildings in...

Old Ads & Classifieds

Vitamon Tablets for Female Beauty and Male Power

Check out this bizarre advertisement from January 8th, 1922. Source: Library of Congress

GoDCers Love Maps

1933 Public and Zoning Area Map of D.C.

Here’s a cool map that we dug up in the Harvard University online archives. Source: Harvard College Library

December 31st, 1949

Old Ads & Classifieds

Half-Century Advertisement Celebrating Washington Post (1950)

This is a cool New Year’s advertisement that we found in The Washington Post December 31st, 1949. Click on it for a larger version.

Portion of "Map of the District of Columbia" No. D-287, Commission on the Improvement of the Park System, 1901

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1901 Map of Washington

Here’s a map of Washington that we found from 1901. Being over 100 years old, you’ll see quite a few things missing. Teddy Roosevelt Bridge hadn’t been built, neither had the Lincoln or Jefferson memorials. Click...

Historical Events

Baltimore Mayor Protests Future Dulles Airport (1949)

This is a great story to cross-post with our sister site, Ghosts of Baltimore. Airline traffic was getting too heavy for National Airport to handle by the end of the 1940s. The region’s second airport was...

Old Ads & Classifieds

Sheridan Circle: Gateway to Massachusetts Avenue Heights

Check out this advertisement from 1911 showing the beautiful development popping up around Sheridan Circle.

Other Cool Stuff

Only Christian Nurses at Sibley Memorial Hospital

How times were different back then right? This is an advertisement for Sibley Memorial Hospital from September 1st, 1910, printed in The Washington Herald. Source: Library of Congress

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Panoramic Photos of Camp Meigs in 1918

What a great old photo from World War I. These photos show Camp Meigs in 1918. Source: U.S. National Archives Source: Library of Congress  

Howard University of 1919

Old Ads & Classifieds

Howard University Advertisement (1919)

Check out this great old advertisement that we dug up in The Washington Times from September 7th, 1919. Source: Library of Congress

Ulysses S. Grant, full-length portrait, facing left, standing alongside his war horse, "Cincinnati"

Notable People & Places, The Best Of

Which President Got a Speeding Ticket on a Horse?

Ulysses Grant was arrested for directing by William West, an African-American metropolitan policeman. This is a great historical story.

1864 photo of Arlington House

Notable People & Places

Great Civil War Photo of Arlington House and Soldiers

Check out this great photo shared by GoDCer Matthew. Thanks for sharing!  

Other Cool Stuff

Ex-Slave Visits With FDR at White House

Watching the Oscars and thinking of 12 Years a Slave, we were wondering if and when a former slave visited the White House as a guest. I also suspect that this has happened more than once,...

Guest Posts

D.C. Gives Fidel Castro A Hero’s Welcome At E Street Restaurant

“It’s Midnight in Washington…and this is the Steve Allison show.” I can remember those lines from 1959 just like it was yesterday. WWDC (1260 on the AM dial) had hired a talk show host from Philadelphia...

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1795 Map of the Territory of Columbia

Here’s a map that we haven’t come across before. This shows the Territory of Columbia and the City of Washington surrounded by Maryland in 1795. Click on it for a much larger version. Source: University of...

1911 advertisement

Old Ads & Classifieds

1911 Ad for Homes on Spring Road; $38 Per Month

Can you recognize any of these homes? This is an advertisement printed in The Washington Times on November 18th, 1911. Can you imagine … $38 a month! Source: Library of Congress

The Watergate Complex

Other Cool Stuff

Watergate Builders Get Green Light for 130-Foot Height

This is an interesting article that we came across in The Washington Post, Times Herald from May 30th, 1962. At the time, there was much debate about the proposed Watergate Towne complex set to be built along...

1937 map of D.C.

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1930s Map of Washington, D.C. Neighborhoods

Here’s a great old map that we found showing all the neighborhood boundaries from 1937.