Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Grand Army of the Republic Parade in 1902

Here is a great series of three photographs from 1902. It depicts a parade of the Grand Army of the Republic going down Pennsylvania Avenue. Source: Library of Congress This was the 36th encampment of the...

panorama of Walter Reed Hospital in 1919

1919 Panorama of Walter Reed Hospital

Here’s a cool old panoramic photo of Walter Reed Hospital from 1919. Click on it for a larger version. Source: Library of Congress

Giant Food on Wisconsin Avenue

Old Giant Food on Wisconsin Avenue in the 1940s

Remember this super ugly Giant on Wisconsin Ave. near the Cathedral? It’s soon going to be the new Cathedral Commons. This old photo was taken in the summer of 1942. Source: Library of Congress

The York Theatre in the 1920s

The York Theatre in Petworth

We came across an awesome old photo on Flickr of the York Theatre, sitting at 3640 Georgia Ave. NW, in Petworth, near the intersection with New Hampshire Ave. Source: Flickr user jbb23927 The theater opened on...

Horse Thief Shoots at Georgetown University Stableman?

This is a bizarre piece that we found in The Washington Post from January 12th, 1900. Considerable excitement was aroused in the corridors of Georgetown University about 7:30 last night by the sound of a pistol shot...

U.S. Sanitary Commission 1863

Photos and Map From Civil War Convalescent Camp

This is an 1863 map of the convalescent camp four miles outside of Washington. This was run by the U.S. Christian Commission, and below is a photo of their D.C. headquarters from 1865. Source: civilwarphotos.net And,...

Cedar Hill in 1905

Frederick Douglass Home Ransacked

Here’s a short article that we came across in The Washington Post from March 14th, 1905. The residence of Harold Dougherty, and employe of the Congressional Library, at Cedar Hill, Anacostia, the former home of the late...

Record Low Temperatures 130 Years Ago

You think it’s cold today? Well, it is … but 130 years ago, there were some record freezing temperatures causing problems all over the city. We went through the papers to dig up some old stories...

Nazi Plot Included Forging Roosevelt’s Signature

Now this is a rather interesting article that we dug up from the newspaper. It was printed in The Washington Post on October 20th, 1938, and though not often remembered today, was a pretty big story at...

1914 Automobile Directions to Harpers Ferry

This is a fun article that we came across in The Washington Post, printed on September 6th, 1914. The best part of the article is the listing of directions to get from Washington to Harpers Ferry (here’s...

soldiers rolling through Washington on trucks

World War I Soldier Ogling Woman

Here’s our next photo for “Pictures Tell a Story.” It’s a great old shot from 1918 of World War I soldiers motoring through the city on trucks. Source: Library of Congress So, to start, let’s look...

Fisks' burial cases - 1853

1853 Ad for Air-Tight Burial Cases

Here’s a fascinating old advertisement sent in by a GoDCer. Nancy sent in an old ad for her great-great grandfather’s business. Source: GoDCer Nancy

1961 Washington Redskins

1961: The Last Year Season Redskins Fielded All-White Team

Only the Dallas Cowboys saved the Washington Redskins from complete disaster in 1961, the last year they fielded an all-white team. The Washington football franchise, under first-year coach Bill McPeak, posted a 1-12-1 record, the worst...

Nazi flag at half mast, in honor of the HIndenburg

Nazi Flag Flies Over German Embassy in 1937

Wow, this is an amazing (and horrifying) photo that we found on Pinterest. The flag is at half-mast half-staff on top of the German Embassy here in D.C., in honor of the Hindenburg, which went down on...

13th St. NW

View of 13th Street in 1940s

Here’s a great old photo that we found at the Library of Congress. It shows a large group of people on 13th St. Source: Library of Congress

Photos of 1940s Boarding House Living

With the ridiculous rise in cost of living here in DC, maybe we should go back to the time of boarding houses. We came across some great photos of boarding house living in Washington during World...

Beautiful 1879 Panorama of Washington

What a cool series of old photos from 1879. We’ve published so many posts that we can’t remember if these went up before, but nevertheless, sharing them twice isn’t such a bad thing. Source: Library of...

Quarters of General Alfred Pleasonton, and "Government Horse Shoeing Shop" at Left, 21st St. near F NW - Washington, D.C., April 1865

What 21st and F Streets Looked Like in 1865

This is a terrific old photo of 21st and F St. NW at the conclusion of the Civil War. Does is look a little different to you? Source: civilwarphotos.net