Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Policeman using mirror to direct traffic at 14th St. and Pennsylvania Avenue

Excellent Photo of Traffic Cop at 14th and Penn.

Here is a terrific photograph from the Library of Congress, showing a traffic policeman at 14th and Pennsylvania, making use of a rearview mirror. The photo was taken some time in the 1920s.

Smith Transfer and Storage Co., 13th & U Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Smith’s Storage Co., Currently the Ellington Apartments Location

This is the Smith Transfer and Storage Company, formerly at 1313 U St., where the Ellington Apartment Building sits today. This photo was taken sometime between 1910 and 1920.

Women competing in low hurdle race

Women Competing in Low Hurdle Race

This is a photograph from, what appears to be, Central High School (Cardozo), some time in the 1920s. These young ladies are competing in the low hurdle race.

Riggs Bank - the Dept. of Justice for A.P.A.

Riggs Bank Photo Dated November 14th, 1888

This is an awesome photo dated November 14th, 1888. The photo is labeled “Riggs Bank – the Dept. of Justice for A.P.A.” and was taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston.

Abbey Jackson, seated, and Celene DuPuy ice skating on reflecting pool, with Lincoln Memorial in background

Ice Skating on the Reflecting Pool

Here is a nice photo from the late 1920s of two young women skating on the reflecting pool, with the Lincoln Memorial in the background. I think it’s safe to say, this isn’t something you’re likely...

policeman having coffee

Policeman Loves His Coffee

This is an interesting photograph from the 1920s. A policeman is chatting with the driver of a car and he appears to have a young African-American man as a passenger.

young man pulled by horse

Man on Skis Pulled By Horse

How great is this shot? And, how much fun is this guy having? Chances are we wiped out shortly after this was taken during the winter of 1919.

inside the Old Post Office

Great Photos of the Old Post Office Building

I love this building and I’m so glad we still have it. I’m a little skeptical about what Trump is going to do with it, but … we’ll see. Just don’t turn it into a casino!...

view of the Franklin School in the 1920s

Franklin School in the 1920s

Take a look at the Franklin School back in the 1920s. It still stands today and is being turned into a language-arts museum.

Photograph shows Carroll Row, a block of five houses at 1st & A Street, SE, razed in 1887 for construction of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building. Includes the sign "Architect."

Excellent View Down East Capitol from The Capitol Dome

This is a great view down East Capitol St. from the Dome, taken around 1880. UPDATE: GoDCer Leonard sent along this great shot (a little blurry), from the same vantage point today. So cool!  

Complete Biography of Officer Sprinkle

You all have been waiting a long, long time for this. So have we. Thanks to one of our GoDC fans, we have in our possession, the biography of Officer Sprinkle from the 1908 Metropolitan Police...

1921 map of Foxhall Crescent

1921 Map of Foxhall Crescent

This is a map of a very rural Foxhall Crescent in 1921.

6431 Barnaby St. NW

For Sale: Colonial Cottage in Barnaby Woods – $12,500

Wow. You can barely renovate a bathroom for this amount of money today. Below is an advertisement for 6431 Barnaby St. NW on June 2nd, 1935. Here is the Google Street View of the same property...

Franklin Square in the snow - April 9th, 1889

Three Stories About Franklin Square

Franklin Square is one of the biggest city square parks in the city, at 4.79 acres. 1. Natural spring water supplies the White House Did you know that Franklin Square, once called Fountain Square, was once...

The Sidewalk Dance - Handpainted Oil Painting by John George Brown (1894)

Charming Dance Held in Brookland

Articles like this really illustrate how different and quaint life was in 19th century Washington. This is from the Washington Post, published on January 10th, 1894. The young gentlemen of the pretty suburb of Brookland gave...

Photo shows historic boarding house, also called Eastern Branch Hotel, on the south side of Pennsylvania Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. (Source: Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 1904, v. 7, p. 79)

Incredible Photo of the Old Tunnicliff Hotel

This is the old Tunnicliff’s Tavern in a photo from around 1910.

The Lee House

After the Assassination: Elizabeth Blair Lee

This the second guest post by GoDC contributor Andrea Pawley. Material for this blog is derived in part from Wartime Washington: The Civil War Letters of Elizabeth Blair Lee edited by Virginia Jeans Laas and published in 1991....

Pennsylvania Ave. street scene

Pennsylvania Avenue Street Scene Frozen in Time (1917)

What an amazing shot of Pennsylvania Ave., frozen in time.