Washington, DC history

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Washington Heights Home for Sale

Guest Posts, Old Ads & Classifieds

Washington Heights Home for Sale; $8,500 in 1904

Imagine living blocks from Adams Morgan’s 18th Street, owning a home that cost just $8,500. If you were around in 1904, a home on Mintwood Place could have been yours. Even taking into consideration inflation, you’d...

Rayful Edmond

Featured, Notable People & Places

Rayful Edmond: The Babe Ruth of Crack Dealing

Rayful Edmond III is an American former drug lord in Washington, D.C. in the 1980s. Edmond is largely credited with introducing crack cocaine into the Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Star Building from air." The Washington Star newspaper building at the center is at the intersection of 11th Street N.W. and Pennsylvania Avenue, which runs diagonally across the photo. The big building with the tower us the Old Post Office. There's a lot to see here, including laundry hung out to dry. National Photo Company glass negative.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Whoa! Incredible 1922 Aerial Photograph of Pennsylvania Avenue

This is incredible. No commentary needed. Just make sure you click on it for greater detail. Source: Shorpy

Picture of Daniel Chester French in his studio with Lincoln Memorial statue in the background

Guest Posts, Notable People & Places

Model of the Lincoln Memorial Statue in Daniel Chester French’s Studio

We thought this was a cool shot. Daniel Chester French is in his studio working on a bust of Ambrose Swasey, an industrialist born in 1846. Oh, by the way, a model of the statue of...

Maddie the Motor Maid

In the Paper

September 14th, 1913: Mazie the Motor Maid

Exactly one hundred years ago today, this was in the Washington Herald.

1832 Biltmore St. NW

Other Cool Stuff

Unfurnished Apartment in Adams Morgan for $37.50

How would you like an apartment for $37.50 per month? You could do that back in 1908, like this ad in the Washington Post listed on April 9th. Oh, and the original name for Adams Morgan...

Washington Nationals v. Cleveland Indians - 1908

Other Cool Stuff

Baseball Today at American League Park (1908)

As our Nationals surge and make one last push for October baseball, it’s only appropriate that we post a baseball-related ad from yesteryear. This was published in the Washington Post on May 28th, 1908. We won...

1939 photograph next to the railroad tracks

Faces & Places of Yesterday, Then and Now

Cars Parked Along Railroad Tracks on Virginia Ave.

This is an old photo showing a row of parked cars along Virginia Ave. SW. Check out the Google Street View below. Source: Shorpy [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?cbp=12,87.63,,0,4.65&layer=c&panoid=AbrZdO7-MJlqHhyJ3styhA&cbll=38.8855,-77.021597&dg=opt&ie=UTF8&ll=38.853612,-76.980515&spn=0.341689,0.724411&t=m&z=11&source=embed&output=svembed]

Old Main Building

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Howard University Old Main Building in 1860s

Here are two great old photos of Howard University’s Old Main Building.

Harmon Killebrew shakes President Eisenhower's hand before a game in 1959 (Calvin Griffith in the middle)

Other Cool Stuff

Washington Senators Almost Move to Los Angeles [VIDEO]

Here is some more on the proposed move of the Washington Senators to Los Angeles (we wrote about this here). Thanks to GoDCer @doubleuefwhy for sharing this on Twitter.

Le coin de F. Street Washington vis-à-vis nôtre maison été de 1817.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

What F Street Looked Like in 1817

Check this out. This is a French drawing from the early 19th century. It looks a little different than today. I don’t see the J. Crew.

400 block of unknown street

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Hey GoDCers, Where Is This Building?

Does this building still stand? I can see the “435” on the transom, but I’m not quite sure where this is. Let’s see if the GoDC community can identify this spot and send us the Google...

Model T advertisement

Guest Posts, Old Ads & Classifieds

Buy a new car for $750! In the year 1911…

The Model T, Henry Ford’s affordable automobile invention, seems extra affordable by today’s standards. At the Miller Brothers Automobile Supply House at 1105-7 14th St. NW, the base price for a new car was $750 in...

woman and carriage in front of store

Faces & Places of Yesterday

GoDCers, Please Help Identify This Building

Okay, we need the collective power of the GoDC community. The best clue in the photo is the “1743” … where is this, and does the building still exist? Post your thoughts in the comments below....

Washington, D.C., 1920. "729 12th St., Washington Times." Various shades of Twelfth Street. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

What Did Metro Center Look Like in 1920?

This is a great old photo from 1920, showing the 700 block of 12th St. NW. Today, this is the area around Metro Center. I don’t know about you, but I prefer the look of the...

Washington, D.C., 1923. "City houses." One in a series of Harris & Ewing plates documenting the national capital's poorer quarters.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Run Down Old Home in 1923

Here’s a photo from a very different time here in D.C., where you could find homes like the one below. Source: Shorpy

August 28, 1963. "Emancipator looking down on demonstrators. Participants in the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial and massed along both sides of the Reflecting Pool, viewed from behind Abraham Lincoln statue." Photo by James K. Atherton for United Press International.

Historical Events, The Best Of

Lincoln Memorial and “I Have a Dream”

What an incredible photograph. This is a shot over Lincoln’s left shoulder, down onto the massive crowd watching the “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. Source: Shorpy

Ghost Dog is hard at work, surfing the web

Three Things...

Three of Ghost Dog’s Favorite Sites

Ghost Dog is back! She’s been a little lazy this summer, not really adding much to the blog, but this time, she’s sharing three of her favorite DC-related blogs. 1. Greater Greater Washington David Alpert over...