Washington, DC history

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Evening Star homes for rent - August 4th, 1904

Old Ads & Classifieds

List of Homes For Rent in August 1904

Check out this great old advertisement from the Evening Star. Homes for as little as $9.30 per month! This ad was printed on August 4th, 1904.

Cleveland Park in 1919

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1919 Map of Connecticut Avenue from Cleveland Park to Chevy Chase

GoDCer Charlie requested this the other day via Facebook and we wanted to oblige. It’s a map of Connecticut Avenue from 1919 Source: Library of Congress Source: Library of Congress

Lincoln Memorial in 1924

Faces & Places of Yesterday, Notable People & Places

Family at the Lincoln Memorial

I’m busy watching playoff baseball (sadly, not our Nats) … cranking through the posts for next week and I wanted to share one immediately. Unfortunately, because of this government shutdown, you can’t replicate what this family...

February 27th, 1857

Old Ads & Classifieds

Wanted: a Sober Man, Without Family

Know any sober gardeners in the area? If so, in 1857, the could have earned $200 per year, with room and board. Good Hope Hill is an area in, what is today, Anacostia. It was later...

Loudon National Bank and King Street

Faces & Places of Yesterday, Then and Now

Then and Now: King and Market Streets in Leesburg

Take a look at the Google Street View of King Street in Leesburg today, at the intersection with Market Street. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=embed&hl=en&geocode=&q=South+King+Street,+Leesburg,+VA&aq=0&oq=king+st+leesburg&sll=39.116069,-77.566858&sspn=0.001384,0.00284&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=S+King+St,+Leesburg,+Virginia+20175&ll=39.100105,-77.576144&spn=0.044018,0.090895&t=m&z=14&layer=c&cbll=39.115545,-77.56449&panoid=859SLggUqg4_4MqDVl4OKw&cbp=12,201.25,,0,-5.52&output=svembed] And below we have the exact intersection around 1920. Source: Library of Congress

The Three Sisters

Why Is It Named...?

Why Is It Named The Three Sisters (Islands)?

What is the legend behind Three Sisters Island in the Potomac?

the Capitol Building

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Stop Blaming Washington

Don’t blame Washington for the failures of a dysfunctional Congress. We don’t blame the city of New York for the financial implosion of 2008. We don’t blame St. Louis, Milwaukee, or Lynchburg, Tennessee for our college...

Market Street and M.E. Church, south, Leesburg, Va.

Faces & Places of Yesterday, Then and Now

Leesburg United Methodist Church on Market Street (1920)

Check this out. It’s an old photo of the Methodist church on Market St. in Leesburg. Source: Library of Congress And below is the Google Street View today of the same building. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?cbp=12,138.23,,0,-2.21&layer=c&panoid=Ab6BYE3KLmY8BWKrBfrNdw&cbll=39.116069,-77.566858&ie=UTF8&ll=39.11606,-77.566977&spn=0.001467,0.00284&t=m&z=19&source=embed&output=svembed]

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Indian Refining Co. -- Havoline Oil." The "Wasson Motor Check" at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW, glimpsed earlier in this post.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Service Station at 14th and Florida (1924)

Check out this photo of a service station at 14th and Florida. Source: Shorpy Also, here’s an ad for the Wasson Motor Check from the August 2nd, 1924 Washington Post.

Lost History

Never Built: CIA Headquarters in Alexandria

We had no idea, but the alternate, and strongly pushed location for the Central Intelligence Agency‘s new headquarters was the Winkler Tract in Alexandria, just off of Shirley Highway. Here’s an article that we dug up...

1950s Washington

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Cost-of-Living Near All-Time High in D.C. (1952)

Do you think it’s expensive to live in the District today? Our population is just hovering around 600,000. Back in the 1950s, we were over 800,000! And, that was with far fewer apartment buildings. GoDCer Jamie...

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Three Things About the CIA’s Langley Headquarters

CIA headquarters are in Langley, Virginia and have been since 1961 when President Kennedy dedicated the new building.

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Post Office postmen on scooters." Kind of a Segway vibe here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

U.S. Post Office “Segways” of 1917

Check this out. Look familiar? This mode of transportation closely resembles the Segways you see zipping around D.C., carrying tourists around the sites. Or maybe a little like those Razor Scooters. Source: Shorpy You should also...

Guest Posts

The Leg of Ulric Dahlgren

Walking through the Navy Yard a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an incongruous plaque embedded on the side of a building. The building was a modern parking garage, similar to dozens around the city, and...

Historical Events

Federal Agencies Shutdown; Workers Go Home … in 1995

Welcome to Groundhog Day! We’ve been through this before and it didn’t work out well for one of the sides. Plus, they even based an episode of the West Wing on what happened. Who plays Ted...

May 1st, 1760

Old Ads & Classifieds

1,000 Acres to Lease in Fairfax County (1760)

How cool is this? It’s a really, really old advertisement from the Maryland Gazette in Annapolis, printed on May 1st, 1760. It’s an ad for a large tract of land for rent in Fairfax, about 40...

Guest Posts, Lost History

Never Built: Metro’s Bridge Over Rock Creek

In these 1966 drawings, train cars roll under Connecticut Avenue, but above Rock Creek. These amazing early Metro plans never came to fruition. They depict the Red Line between Dupont Circle and Woodley Park.

Camp of the Union forces at Centreville, Va. Winter 1861-62

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Camp of Union Forces at Centreville During Winter 1861

Here’s a terrific detailed photograph of the Union encampment at Centreville during the winter of 1861-1862. Click on it for more details. Source: Library of Congress