Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Buick Motor Company in Washington DC

This Buick Motor Company ad from the October 4, 1913 edition of the Washington Times was too good not to post! The Buick Motor Company was located at 1028 Connecticut Ave, NW. It reads: How are you...

Columbia Heights in 1903

1903 Map of a Very Undeveloped Columbia Heights

Check this sweet map out. The whole area is really undeveloped, and the streets still have the old names (read about the name changes). Share this on Facebook with your friends, and make sure you click...

1950s car after accident

Help Identify This 1950s Location

We came across these beautiful photographs on Flickr and had to share them with GoDCers. It appears to be an old car getting in need of some repairs after an accident. The vehicle appears to be...

The Dresden at 2126 Connecticut Ave. NW

Three Stories About the Dresden

We noticed last week that there were a few searches on our site for The Dresden, that beautiful building at 2126 Connecticut Ave. NW. The building is a step back into old Washington, when grand apartment...

Washington, D.C., 1916. "Post Office Department mail wagon." With a slogan we can all get behind. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

U.S. Mail Truck in 1916

Any idea where this might be? I’m going to guess that we won’t figure it out given the inability to make out the house numbers. Nevertheless, if you’re up for a challenge this weekend, see if...

1927 ad for Standard Plumbing Fixtures

Vacant Homes on Veazey Looted

Here’s a slightly humorous, and probably not uncommon today, article from the Washington Post, printed on May 13th, 1927. Plumbing fixtures, valued at $1,150, were stolen during the last two weeks from vacant houses at 3641,...

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Ford’s Theatre Stereograph From 1927

Check out this cool stereograph from 1927. Source: Library of Congress

1907 Baist map of North Cleveland Park

1907 Map of Tenleytown and North Cleveland Park

This is a very different looking North Cleveland Park and Tenleytown area. Check out the proposed traffic circle that was never built at the intersection of Tilden, Idaho, and Reno. Also, look at all the undeveloped...

In late 1959 through 1960, the Capitol Dome underwent a significant repair and restoration effort and at the end of 1959 the exterior of the Dome was surrounded by scaffold.

The Capitol Dome Was Once Red

Remember the red Capitol Dome that we posted some time ago? Here’s another great view of it. Source: Architect of the Capitol Below is the caption from their Flickr feed. In late 1959 through 1960, the...

Scandalous Love: The Bodisco Marriage

As the hamlet of Georgetown grew alongside the capital, it became a place for foreign dignitaries to reside, hoping to include themselves in the upper echelons of society. Marriage between prominent families to secure wealth, reputation,...

Union soldiers guarding the Potomac River in Washington, DC in 1861. Georgetown University is visible in the background. Photo by George Barnard

Union Soldiers on the Banks of the Potomac

What an incredible photo. We dug this one up thanks to Reddit.

Washington, D.C, 1921. "Scripps-Booth Sales Co., 14th Street N.W." And one very shiny sedan. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Evening Photo: Old 1921 Car on 14th Street

This is a great old photo for you to examine. It’s a Scripps-Booth sitting in front of the dealer at 1012 14th St. NW, which is just north of K St. Unfortunately, the building no longer...

Acme Markets at 1426 Park Rd.

Acme Markets at 1426 Park Road

Legs of Lamb for 20 cents a pound? Bread at 7 cents a loaf? Those were the good old days. Here’s a really old advertisement that we dug up from December 1st, 1939 for Acme Markets...

The Capitol Building Bombing (1915)

I was doing some research on J.P. Morgan. (Ok, research backstory: In the summer 1919, he was summoned, er, subpoenaed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. They wanted to ask him why he had a copy...

Eisenhower Inauguration Seen From a Blimp [Slideshow]

Here’s a pretty cool set of photos from January 20th, 1953. Source: Opie Radio

tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Hundreds of Tanks Rolling Down Pennsylvania Avenue

This is definitely (hopefully) something you would not see today. It’s a large parade of tanks heading from the Capitol Building towards the White House. Source: National Geographic The caption claims it’s 1947, but the discussion...

North Cleveland Park homes for sale

North Cleveland Park Homes for Sale in 1927

Check out this great old advertisement from 1927. It shows a row of homes on the northwest corner of 38th and Veazey Streets. And, check out the Google Street View of the same houses today. Pretty...

National Cathedral at night

An Ode to Living in D.C.

Some of us get up every work day and take the Metro, quickly finding ourselves standing on a platform waiting 10 minutes to board, as two trains pass without stopping. Others take a bus downtown that...