Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.


Updates from the Blog

Spread the Word … Hello Ghosts of Baltimore!

It’s time to expand the GoDC reach and branch out into a second city. Our natural choice was Charm City, just 40 miles north of D.C. We’re thrilled to include Ghosts of Baltimore into our community....

Pennsylvania (Baltimore & Potomac) Station in Washington

Lost History

1890 Petition to Keep Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Depot at 6th and B St.

There are always two sides to an issue and below is proof that a large number of Washingtonians wanted to keep the dangerous railroad station at 6th and B Streets NW (where Garfield was shot). Of...

Mockingbird Hill

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk: Mockingbird Hill

Congratulations to the latest winner of our “If Walls Could Talk” poll: Mockingbird Hill at 1843 7th St. NW. Vice squad raid for illegal gambling We came across a story in the Baltimore Afro-American from July...

"City rowhouses, 1923." A jumble of humble abodes. The latest installment in our survey of backstreet Washington, D.C., this glass plate is another angle on the alley last seen here. Harris & Ewing Collection.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Blagden Alley in 1923

This is D.C., back when alley living was still permitted. Source: Shorpy

advertisement - June 12th, 1879

Old Ads & Classifieds

1879 Ad: Skinny Men and Women and Not Admired

Now this is an interesting advertisement from the Washington Post, printed on June 12th, 1879.

Dixie Chicken Shop advertisement (May 20th, 1939)

Old Ads & Classifieds

Dixie-Hot Fried Chicken on 14th Street

Sadly, this place no longer exists. And, the building it was in, is long gone. But, back in the day you could go to 2213 14th St. NW for some delicious fried chicken. The ad was...

1907 map of Brookland

GoDCers Love Maps

1907 Map of Brookland, Woodridge, and University Heights

Like the map we posted last night, here’s the neighboring one, also from 1907. It shows a much more rural and undeveloped part of northeast. Source: Library of Congress

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "551-53-55 Randolph St. N.W." We'll take the one next to the castle. National Photo Company glass negative.

Faces & Places of Yesterday, Then and Now

Randolph Street Homes in 1920

Another great photo from Shorpy … this time showing three homes on Randolph St. NW. Source: Shorpy And, the best part is that the three homes still stand today.

Klingle and Park Roads homes for sale

Old Ads & Classifieds

Homes for Sales on Klingle and Park Roads (1922)

Here’s a great old real estate advertisement, printed in the Washington Times on April 15th, 1922. We posted a similar ad earlier this year. Source: Library of Congress And here are the same homes as they...

1907 map of northeast D.C.

GoDCers Love Maps, Reader's Choice

1907 Map of an Incredibly Rural Northeast D.C.

This is really cool. Check out how rural northeast was just a hundred years ago. Amazing. Source: Library of Congress

bible advertisement in the Washington Herald (January 10th, 1918)

Old Ads & Classifieds

The President’s Own Message on the Bible

Separation of church and state? We’ve always had issues in this country. Check out this advertisement from 1918. Source: Library of Congress

Georgetown baseball game

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Georgetown University Baseball Game (1911)

Who doesn’t love a good game of baseball? Here’s a great shot of a game being played on the Georgetown University grounds in 1900. Source: Georgetown University Library

Washington Times headline

From the Crazy Vault

Syrian Man Arrested for Abducting 14-Year-Old; Charged With Slavery

This is one of those bizarre stories from the papers. We came across the headline: “Arrest Syrian For Abduction” and we had to dig a little deeper. The story below was printed in the Washington Times...

Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States, presents an honorary degree to Governor William S. Flynn of Rhode Island at the Georgetown University commencement. Pictured, left to right: Pierce Butler, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; President Coolidge; John B. Creeden, S.J., President of Georgetown University; Governor Flynn; Walter J. O'Connor, University Registrar; and Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J.

Faces & Places of Yesterday, Notable People & Places

Photo of Georgetown University Commencement in 1924

Here’s a cool shot of the graduating class of 1924, taken from above. Source: Georgetown University Library And here’s President Coolidge presenting an honorary degree to Governor Flynn of Rhode Island. Source: Georgetown University Library

GoDCers Love Maps, Guest Posts

1963 March on Washington Plans Included Alcohol Ban

This is a long-overdue, and greatly anticipated, guest post by Aaron, who wrote one of our most popular pieces yet on the (almost) red Metro trains. As crowds celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on...

1905 Ford

From the Crazy Vault

Glen Echo Speed Limit in 1905: Six Miles an Hour!

Are you kidding me? Some of you can probably run six miles per hour. This is a fun piece that we dug up in the Washington Post from February 4th, 1905. The best part was the...

wireless operators advertisement - 1918

Old Ads & Classifieds

World War I Draft: Wireless Operators Needed

Source: Library of Congress Here’s a cool advertisement from World War I. This was printed in the Washington Herald on February 15th, 1918.

Franklin Park in 1943

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Soap Box Orations Banned in Franklin Park

Evidently, in the first half of the 20th century, Franklin Park was the place to go air your grievances with whatever entity was keeping you down (i.e., The Man). It was to the point in the...