Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Where Is This? The Hidden Alleys of 1920s Washington

What a terrific old photo from 1923. We dug this gem up on Shorpy. Any idea where this was taken? Also, check out this photo of Chaconas. Soure: Shorpy

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1817 Presidential Proclamation: Outer Walls of All Houses Shall be Built of Brick or Stone

Here’s an interesting bit of old history. This is a presidential proclamation suspending certain building regulations for Washington on January 1st, 1817. January 1, 1817 By the President of the United States Whereas by the first...

Horse car in Washington, D.C. at Wisconsin and O St. NW (1889)

White House Gardener Run Over by Cursed Streetcar in Tennallytown

Here is a crazy story from Tennallytown that we found in The Washington Post, printed on November 8th, 1896. A serious accident happened at Tennallytown about 7 o’clock yesterday evening. Car No. 9, of the Georgetown and...

No Ordinary Soldier: Sarah Rosetta Wakeman

Many women at the outbreak of the Civil War did not know how to support their favored side. The roles of woman at the time were limited and none of them were direct involvement in the...

Fascinating World War II U.S. Army Documentary About Alexandria

Now this is an interesting old film we found on YouTube. It’s a bit long, but if you’re from Alexandria, you’ll find it entertaining and recognize quite a few of the old buildings. What do you...

Baltimore Sun - November 12th, 1845

For Sale: 460 Acres of Land on Rock Creek

Here is an old classified advertisement from The Baltimore Sun, printed on November 12th, 1845. In the ad, you’ll see some interesting property for sale, namely a large plot of lange on the Rockville and Washington...

Film of Day in the Life of 1930s D.C.

This is a really cool old film that we dug up at the U.S. National Archives. Check it out and see what landmarks you can identify, then add them to the comments below.

President Reagan signing National Minimum Drinking Age Act into law

Washington, D.C. Drinking Age History

When did DC raise the drinking age to 21?

Obama SOTU 2014

POTUS Morning Links

POTUS speaks: The President gave a big speech last night. It was his 5th SOTU, and he only has two more in him. [WhiteHouse.gov] Reagan SOTU: POTUS 40 was pretty funny in his SOTU 32 years ago. Make...

1978 Washington Bullets

“Warm Up the Fat Lady” The Night the Bullets Won the NBA Title

Elvin ‘The Big E’ Hayes and Bobby Dandridge were in the house at the Verizon Center the other night to watch the struggling Washington Wizards lose in overtime to the Boston Celtics. Before the game, this...

Print shows view from street of Blodget's Hotel with stagecoach parked in front and a person walking on the sidewalk on the left, later (from 1802 to 1836) the U.S. Patent Office.

Blodgett’s Hotel: Lost “Hotel” in Today’s Penn Quarter

Source: Library of Congress Above is an image of Blodgett’s Hotel. One might infer that a building named Blodgett’s Hotel would in fact be a hotel, but that would be an incorrect assumption. The building was...

Stolen: D.C.’s Royal Elephant Tusks

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie gave a pair of elephant tusks to District leaders during his first visit to America in 1954.  Those ivory tusks — recently stolen — have barely been described by police.  We thought it...

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Monday Links. Happy Birthday National Geographic!

Ridiculous F-ing Internet pricing: Did you know this? We pay tooooo much for Internet in D.C. That’s why when you stream House of Cards, it stops and buffers in the middle of a tense scene. [DCist]...

1890s stroll through Rock Creek Park

Carriage Ride Through Rock Creek in 1890

Look at this great photo from 1890. It shows a group of people riding their horse and buggies through Rock Creek Park. I don’t suppose any of you recognize where this is? I know, that’s a...

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Secret Service Agent Robs Maryland Bank

Now this is not something you’ll read everyday … or ever really. Except in 1981. We came across this article in The Baltimore Sun from September 23rd of that year. A 29-year-old White House guard has been...

Griffith Stadium in 1925

Detailed Aerial Photo of Griffith Stadium and Neighborhood

Now this is a terrific photo of Griffith Stadium, taken from the air. We posted a smaller version of this yesterday but we wanted to share the much larger version with you independent of that post....

Washington, D.C. from space

D.C. Seen From Space

This is pretty cool. We were inspired by the photo we found of Baltimore yesterday. We found this on the Japan Space Imaging website, thanks to Google. Source: Japan Space Imaging

The breaker. (Photos by Pablo Maurer/DCist)

Single Cold Morning Link

One link for you this morning, because it’s a really cool one. Check this out, and happy Friday! Ruins of coal: This is a fascinating piece in DCist on the Huber Coal Breaker. Great photos. [DCist]