Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Sleeping porch on the roof of the White House Erected during the Taft Administration

President Taft’s Sleeping Porch at the White House

Seems odd that the President would sleep outside, but this was Washington before air conditioning. I’m sure it was miserable living here during the summer. Frankly, it still is pretty miserable during the summer. Source: Library...

1906 Bloomingdale advertisement

Bloomingdale Home for $300 Cash and $20 Monthly

Here’s an advertisement for Bloomingdale homes from April 15th, 1906. This was printed in The Washington Times. Here are those Bloomingdale homes today. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&layer=c&sll=38.920517,-77.012944&cbp=13,15.04,,0,0.25&cbll=38.920231,-77.012932&q=123+adams+street+nw+dc&hq=&hnear=123+Adams+St+NW,+Washington,+District+of+Columbia+20001&ll=38.920517,-77.012944&spn=0.006052,0.011362&t=m&z=14&iwloc=A&panoid=-agMVXFgyVlk0e38ZPU11g&source=embed&output=svembed]

Famous Capitol landmark being dismantled to make way for modern business

Sad, Capitol Hill Landmark Being Dismantled

Here’s a sad old photo from the Library of Congress. Source: Library of Congress

View of the South Portico of the White House - February 16th, 1952

Exterior Photos of Truman Reconstruction of White House

Truman Reconstruction of the White House between 1949 and 1952. See exterior photos of the renovation project

interior shell of the White House - 1950

Interior Photos of Truman Reconstruction of White House

Truman Reconstruction of the White House between 1949 and 1952. See interior photos of the renovation project

Cheney and Rumsfeld in 1975

Cheney Steps Out of Rumsfeld’s Shadow

This is a fascinating old article from The Washington Post, printed on Thursday, november 6th, 1975. Dick Cheney was about to replace Donald Rumsfeld as President Ford’s Chief of Staff. The second most powerful office in the...

January 28th, 1922 - snowstorm

Amazing Photo of the Blizzard of 1922

This is a photo of the massive storm that hit Washington, dumping so much snow on the city that the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater collapsed, killing 98 people. Source: Library of Congress

advertisement for The Toronto - 1920

Dupont Circle Apartment for $45 Monthly Payment

How would you like to live right off of Dupont Circle for $45 per month? Not a bad deal. This advertisement from Sunday, August 15th, 1920 gives you that option. Oh, before you go, make sure...

Congressman Donald Rumsfeld in 1969

1966 Op-Ed by Congressman Donald Rumsfeld

Some of you may not know or remember that Donald Rumsfeld was once a Congressman from Illinois, representing the 13th district. He was elected in 1962 and served from 1963 until 1969, and then went on...

Swearing in of Dwight Davis as Assistant Secretary of War on March 5th, 1923

Three Secretaries of War and Where They Lived

We thought it would be interesting to do a little research on old members of the Cabinet and see where they used to live. Below we dug up some stories about three Secretaries of War and...

Capitol Dome being painted

Acrophobia? Painting the Capitol Dome

What a cool photo. This was taken on August 26th, 1922, when this gentleman was hanging from the top of the Capitol to paint it. Source: Library of Congress

Last Mayor of Washington City, Matthew G. Emery

Before the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871, the District of Columbia had separate local municipalities, including Georgetown and the City of Washington (i.e., Old City below what is now Florida Ave.). Outside of those...

The Doors Visit Jefferson Memorial

How cool is this old photo? I’m not sure when this was taken. Clearly some time in the 1960s. Maybe you guys can help? Source: groovysixties.tumblr.com

Minister Vladimir S. Hurban

Nazi’s Demand to Take Over Embassy of Czechoslovakia (1939)

We came across a fascinating article from March 17th, 1939, printed in The New York Times. This was a few days after Nazi Germany invaded and occupied Czechoslovakia. After the occupation, Germany issued an order from Berlin...

1072 Thomas Jefferson St. NW

Then and Now: Thomas Jefferson Street in Georgetown

This is a small, little known block in Georgetown, but the photo below is beautiful. it’s from around 1899, and below it, you can see the same buildings today on Google Street View. Make sure to...

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (August 28th, 1963)

Incredible Crowd Photos from 1963 March on Washington

This is an incredible series of photos of the massive crowd gathered in the city for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Source: Penn State Special Collections

Jefferson and Varina Davis in 1869

Mrs. Jefferson Davis Visits White House in 1866

How fascinating is this article that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun. This is correspondence from Washington, printed on May 25th, 1866. At the time, the former President of the Confederate States, Jefferson Davis, was imprisoned...

Controversy Over the Apostle from Utah and First Mormon Senator

There are currently seven Mormons seated in the United States Senate, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senators Mike Crapo of Idaho, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Dean Heller of Nevada, Mike...