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The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

"When the Prince of Wales visits Washington" - Library of Congress

Prince of Wales Visits Washington

This is a drawing done by John T. McCutcheon for the 1919 visit of the Prince of Wales. The Library of Congress also had this great clip of him visiting Teddy Roosevelt’s grave. Below is the...

Four adults and six children, from Passaic, N.J., picket the White House following President Coolidge's refusal to listen to their complaints about wage cuts in the textile industry

Children Protesting Wages at the White House

This is a photograph from the Library of Congress, circa 1926. Definitely not something you’re likely to see these days.

1907 map of Congress Heights

1907 Map of Congress Heights

In the interest of giving GoDCers more on Congress Heights, here is a map of the area in 1907. And compare it to the current map from Google. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=38.843852,-76.998539&spn=0.022161,0.045276&t=m&z=15&output=embed]

Takoma 4 - Petworth 3 - Washington Post on July 23rd, 1900

Takoma Defeats Petworth in Hotly Contested Game

The good old days of Washington amateur baseball. There were hundreds, if not thousands of articles mentioning match-ups between different neighborhoods. This one from July 23rd, 1900 was especially entertaining. I doubt that a rivalry exists...

Sedgewick Gardens advertisement

Awesome Old Apartment Listings For Rent

We love digging through old newspaper classifieds to see these apartment listings. Check out a few of the ones we found this weekend. How about a nice apartment in Dupont Circle for $125 a month? This...

2446 Belmont Road NW

If Walls Could Talk: The Obama Family’s New Home in Kalorama

UPDATE: According to recent reports, the Obamas will stick around the District and move into this lovely Kalorama home. For a cool $6.5 mil, this beauty of a home can be yours. Seriously though, this is an...

1907 Map of Randle Highlands

Map of Randle Highlands in 1907

We love these maps and can’t get enough of them. We don’t show enough from across the river, so here’s one of Randle Highlands in 1907. And below is the Google Map of the same area...

1907 map of Washington Heights

1907 Map of Washington Heights (Adams Morgan) and the National Zoo

Look at all the empty lots in what would become weekend crazytown for drunk 20-somethings.

Gen. Charles E. Hooker

Town Flag of Congress Heights

Did you know Congress Heights had a town flag? (Does it still have a flag?) We didn’t. Below is an article published in the Washington Post on July 23rd, 1901, commenting on the adoption of a...

Nichols Avenue (MLB Boulevard) 1910 & 2010

We Want More Congress Heights

When we started this blog last year, we received close to zero emails from readers. That’s probably because we only had a dozen or so dedicated readers. Now, we are fortunate enough to hear from GoDCers on...

1500 Mass. Ave advertisement - January 26th, 1969 (Washington Post)

Luxury Apartments at 1500 Mass. Ave for $109.50

Wow, this will make you choke. The ad is from January 26th, 1969 in the Washington Post. You know the building. You’ve probably passed it many times, or maybe you know someone that lives there. Check...

More About That Mysterious Photo of the Capitol “Painted” Red

Yesterday Tom shared a somewhat jarring photo of the Capitol dome — colored red.  It wasn’t something we had seen before, dating roughly to the late 1950s.  Unfortunately, we just didn’t have much information. After a...

View of Washington Arsenal ca 1860, Courtesy of National Defense University

Twenty-One Killed in Explosion at Washington Arsenal

This is a first guest post by new GoDC contributor Andrea Pawley, a resident of  Washington, D.C. history. Much of this post is based on Washington Arsenal Explosion: Civil War Disaster in the Capital by Brian...

1907 map of Kalorama

1907 Map of Kalorama, Subdivided and Unbuilt

This is a really interesting look at a neighborhood, where today, the total value of the properties hovers probably somewhere near $200 million. This map is from 1907 and shows the area completely subdivided, with almost...

Capitol Dome

Capitol Dome Painted Red

Well, not really red paint. This is a shot from sometime in the 1950s and the red-colored dome is covered in primer. We came across this photo thanks to a Twitter exchange between @darsal and @MrTinDC.

Madam's Organ

If Walls Could Talk: Madam’s Organ

It’s highly likely you have been to the D.C. institution known as Madam’s Organ at 2461 18th St. NW. It anchors the Adams Morgan strip, and has done so since the current patrons were in diapers....

construction of Memorial Bridge

Incredible View of Memorial Bridge Under Construction

This is a beautiful shot of the Memorial Bridge under construction, some time in the early 1930s. It’s part of the Library of Congress’ Theodor Horydczak collection.

1888 map of Lafayette Square

1888 Map of Lafayette Square and Farragut Square

It’s Friday and GoDCers love maps! This one is a great map from 1888, showing the area around Lafayette Square and Farragut Square.