Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

drawing of shopping center (1940)

New Arlington Shopping Center Costs $250,000 (1940)

If you live in Arlington, you’ve probably driven past this place a thousand times. The shopping center we’re talking about sits at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Glebe Road. The Washington Post had a brief...

Great Photo of Young Soldiers at Vietnam Protest

This is a terrific photo that deserved its own post. It really adds a human element to the protest. These are basically just kids in their 20s either protesting the foreign policy of their government, or...

view northwest from the Washington Monument in 1894

Incredible Northwest View from Washington Monument (1894)

Forgive us if we posted this before, but we can’t remember, and second … it’s amazing, so you should check it out (and share this on Facebook with your friends). Source: Cornell University Library

Blaine Mansion 1900

Great Photo of Blaine Mansion in 1900

This is a terrific photo of Blaine Mansion in Dupont Circle around 1900. Now, this is where you go to get some great pizza and beer and Pizzeria Paradiso. Source: Shorpy

neo-Nazis picket the White House (1965)

Neo-Nazis Picket White House in Favor of Vietnam War

This is another photo from the turbulent 1960s that we found in the Penn State Special Collections archive. It shows a group of neo-Nazis picketing in Lafayette Park across from the White House in 1965. Source:...

Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt Was Always Packin’ Heat

The Rough Rider president, Teddy Roosevelt, was a total badass, the likes of which we won’t ever see again in the White House. Below is an article to prove my point. This is a piece printed...

March on Washington against the war in Vietnam (21-22 October, 1967)

Incredible Photos of 1967 March on Pentagon Against the Vietnam War

Check out this incredible series of photos from 1967. These show the protests organized by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam in October of 1967. The crowd gathered around the Lincoln Memorial...

southern view of the Jefferson Memorial (1942)

Jefferson Memorial and Capitol Seen From Washington Monument (1942)

Check out this cool photo that we dug up on Flickr. It was taken in 1942, and the Jefferson Memorial is not quite ready for dedication. It would open on April 13th, 1943. And here’s a...

Houses for Rent Listings (1907)

Our apartment directory listings from 1911 and 1914 were immensely popular, so we dug up another one to share with GoDCers. Here’s one from March 20th, 1907, listing homes for rent in Washington.

White House from above

Awesome Photo: The White House From Above

Due to restricted air space, this view of the White House from above is nearly impossible to get today. Source: Library of Congress

southwest Washington

Whoa … Check Out This Old Photo of Southwest Waterfront

The photo wasn’t labeled, but I’m guessing this is from the between the 1900s and 1910s? This is from our buddy John DeFerrari over at Streets of Washington. Source: Streets of Washington Pinterest

Austrian flag

Austria Owes D.C. World War II Taxes

On this date, 50 years ago, The Washington Post printed a story about the government of Austria owing the District back taxes on their embassy for lack of payment during World War II. The building in question...

President Wilson and his Cabinet

Administration Secrecy Gives Rise to Anxiety and False Reports (1913)

Interesting, and yet things never change. I don’t know if that makes you feel better or worse … but, here’s an article written in The Washington Post, exactly 100 years ago today. This article speaks to the...

14th and U Street in 1960

Night Photo of 14th and U Streets in 1960

What a cool photo courtesy of the Smithsonian. This is a shot of U St. in 1960. If I’m not mistaken, this is looking east, standing on the northwest corner of the block. Source: Smithsonian

Howard University Women’s Athletic Day, Nov. 1949

Howard University Women’s Athletic Day

Here’s a cool photo that we found on Tumblr. This is Howard University’s Women’s Athletic Day in 1949. Source: Vintage Black Beauties

Walter Johnson becomes "Chief Heavy Breast"

Walter Johnson Becomes “Chief Heavy Breast”

In light of the ongoing debate about the Redskins, this is either very apropos or very inappropriate. I guess it depends on which side of the debate you fall. Nevertheless, this is a photo sent in...

Washington Post obituaries - January 4th, 1933

Obituary for Officer Sprinkle’s Son, Raymond

Here is the obituary for Raymond B. Sprinkle, the son of our favorite policeman, Officer Sprinkle. Thanks to long-time GoDCer John for sending this one in.

Jackie Kennedy’s Country Estate in Middleburg

The old Kennedy estate, Wexford, is for sale and you can have it for a cool $11 million. We came across this cool story on one of our favorite blogs, Curbed. Naturally, in Ghosts of DC...