Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Duke vs. GWU (1948)

Other Cool Stuff

Duke vs. George Washington University at Duke Stadium (1948)

Check out this program. It’s for the Duke vs. GWU football game, held on November 13th, 1948 at Duke. Source: Duke University Libraries Duke was pretty average in 1948, going 4-3-2 under coach Wallace Wade. GWU...

Mayor Marion Barry and his wife Effi

Other Cool Stuff

Mayor Barry Proposes Renaming Part of Mass. Ave. After Mandela

This is an interesting story from the 1980s. Mayor for life, and general embarrassment to the city of Washington, Marion Barry, proposed in 1985 to rename a portion of Massachusetts Ave. in front of the South...

August 6th, 1922

Old Ads & Classifieds

1920s Ads for The Cairo Hotel

Here is a series of old advertisements for the great Cairo Building at 1615 Q St. NW.  

Lost History

Proposed 1873 Design for Library of Congress

This is what the Library of Congress could have looked like if Leon Beaver’s design from 1873 was selected. Here’s a second rendering of the building with some perspective. Check out a few more of his...

Home Rule

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk: Home Rule

Here we go with our third winner of the “If Walls Could Talk” Twitter poll. This time we are going to focus on Home Rule at 1807 14th St. NW. Insane man harasses senators Below is...

Proposed design for the Kennedy Center

Lost History

The Kennedy Center Could Have Looked Like This

Check out this great find. It’s a rendering of a proposed design for the Kennedy Center, then called the National Cultural Center. It’s actually not terribly different, just with far more curved lines than the boxy...

Glebe Rd. and 13th

The Best Of, Why Is It Named...?

Why Is It Named Glebe Road in Arlington?

Learn about Glebe Road. It dates back to the 1700s and initially was known as the "Road to the Falls" taking travelers from Alexandria to Great Falls.

1952 Eastern Airlines ad

Old Ads & Classifieds

Eastern Airlines: 37 Flights Daily to Washington in 1952

Source: Duke University Libraries Here’s a cool retro ad from the 1950s. It’s an advertisement for Eastern Airlines with 37 daily flights to Washington, D.C. I’m assuming this is from New York.

Mount Vernon in the snow

From GoDCers

GoDCer’s Photos of Mount Vernon in 1932

Here are two great photos of Mount Vernon in 1932, the 133rd anniversary of George Washington’s funeral. GoDCer Mollie sent these in to share with the community.

LBJ on the phone

From the Crazy Vault, Guest Posts

Lyndon Johnson’s Pants; “Down Where Your Nuts Hang, Is Always a Little Too Tight”

Wow. This one’s an all-time classic. We’ve heard many amusing Lyndon Baines Johnson phone calls on Washington’s C-SPAN radio station (FM 90.1), but somehow we missed this one. In the early afternoon of Aug. 9, 1964,...

Brown's Indian Queen Hotel

Lost History

Brown’s Indian Queen Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

Below is a painting of Brown’s Indian Queen Hotel situated on Pennsylvania Avenue. Source: Library of Congress The hotel was located on the northwest corner of 6th and Pennsylvania and was originally run by manager Jesse...

Joe DiMaggio, Shirley Povich, and Yogi Berra

Guest Posts

Shirley Povich’s Ad: ‘Reach for a Post Instead of a Ghost’

Even though the Washington Post had a new owner, things were tough financially for the paper in the depth of the Depression in 1933, the last year Washington had a baseball team in the World Series....

Ulysses S. Grant memorial lion in House of Cards opening credits

Notable People & Places, The Best Of

History Behind Lion Statues in House of Cards Opening Credits

Everyone is House of Cards crazy, and so are we. That’s why we wrote this post on Super Liquors, shown in the opening credits. We’re just waiting on the call for our appearance in season three....

National Hotel

Faces & Places of Yesterday, From GoDCers

GoDCer’s Postcard of the National Hotel

GoDCer Monica sent in this great postcard of National Hotel after we posted about the hotel the other day. Thanks Monica!

1633 North Capitol St. NE

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk: Super Liquor – House of Cards Edition

Like most of D.C., probably the country, we’re obsessed with House of Cards. It’s a little over the top, but sometimes that’s the beauty of it. Unfortunately, we don’t often expect movies about Washington to be...

GoDCers Love Maps, The Best Of

1895 Bird’s Eye View of Brookland

How cool is this? If you live in Brookland, you’re going to love it. Click on it for a larger version and then share it with your friends on Facebook. Source: Library of Congress The map...

President McKinley in Oakland (1901)

Notable People & Places

1901 Film of President McKinley and Parade Going to Capitol

What a cool video! This was a find on the Library of Congress website. Below is the description from the site. “This most excellent picture was secured at the junction of Pennsylvania Avenue and Fifteenth Street....

Hank's Oyster Bar Old Town

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk: Hank’s Oyster Bar Old Town

Congratulations to the latest #GoDCIWCT poll winner. A well-deserved victory for our most successful Twitter campaigner yet. Those retweets really helped!¬†Okay, on with the show … Shane and Claude, hopefully you’ll enjoy this. By the way...