Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

The Beatles at D.C. Stadium in 1966

Notable People & Places

“Bigger Than Jesus” Beatles Play D.C. Stadium in ’66

Christianity will go … It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first-rock ‘n’...

Washington circa 1900. "Jack Blaine residence." The imposing 1880s home of James Blaine, Republican from Maine and three-time presidential aspirant. The house, the only surviving example of the "castles" that once ringed Dupont Circle, is undergoing a major renovation. National Photo glass negative.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Blaine Mansion Near Dupont Circle in 1900

What an amazing photograph of Blaine Mansion in 1900. This is the only old Dupont Circle “castle” still standing. It’s also a great place to get some pizza and delicious craft beer today.

At the White House gates. "M.A. Rainey, October 5, 1922." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Three Things...

Three Wild Police Chases on the Streets of D.C.

If you lived in D.C. in the 1980s, seeing a police chase screaming down K St., or any other major thoroughfare, was not a rare occurrence. So, out of the thousands of chases mentioned in the...

Metro Center today

Historical Events

1969 Vision of Metro Center

Well over 30,000 passengers pass through Metro Center every single day, and upwards of 9.7 million do each year. It is the hub of Washington’s Metro (there almost was a second hub at Farragut Square). A...

The Mayflower Hotel (Library of Congress)

Notable People & Places

The Mayflower Hotel

This is an old image of the Mayflower Hotel on Connecticut Ave., some time in the mid to late 1920s.

Ku Klux Klan members march in Washington

From the Crazy Vault

Dark Days of the Ku Klux Klan Parading Down Pennsylvania Avenue

This is absolutely horrifying. Some of you may not know this, but in 1928 (and a number of other times in the 1920s), the Ku Klux Klan was permitted to parade down Pennsylvania Ave. Hard to...

Chevy Chase Ice Palace, Washington. D.C. Couple doing fancy ice skating (Library of Congress)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Chevy Chase Ice Palace

Here’s a great photo from November 1942. It’s from the Chevy Chase Ice Palace.

fountains at Meridian Hill Park (Wikipedia)

From the Crazy Vault

Naked Ghost Man of Meridian Hill

Amusing and true, this is an article we came across in the New York Amsterdam News, published on June 18th, 1938. WASHINGTON, June 15 — Residents surrounding Meridian Hill Park, where once stood old Wayland Seminary,...

Three Things...

Ghost Dog Has Three Stories From Sheridan Circle

Ghost Dog took last week off, but she’s back this today with three stories about Sheridan Circle. The circle is a quiet one at the intersection of Mass. Ave, 23rd St. and R St. NW. In...

Thaddeus Lowe balloon being prepared

Notable People & Places

Union Army Balloon Corps is Born on the Mall

You may not know this, but Abraham Lincoln was a bit of a technophile. On June 18th, 1861, “Professor” Thaddeus Lowe ascended to a height of 500 feet above the National Mall, in front of where...

Washington Post movies - November 20th, 1969

In the Paper, Old Ads & Classifieds

November 20th, 1969: Neighorhood Movie Guide

Remember the days when you had to check the newspaper to find movie times? Those days died about 15 years ago, but for some reminiscing, check out this page from the Washington Post in 1969. Also,...

panoramic view of Washington (1 of 5)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Panoramic View of Washington in 1879

Here is a series of photographs we have not seen before. This is a five-part panorama showing the mall area and surrounding buildings, from the Smithsonian Castle. Left section shows the Washington Monument under construction in...

Park and Shop on Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Park and Shop on Connecticut Avenue

If you live in Cleveland Park, or have ever seen a movie at the Uptown, you will recognize the photo below. This is the Park and Shop at Connecticut Ave. and Ordway St. It was built...

advertisement for soldiers in the Daily National Republican on February 7th, 1863

Old Ads & Classifieds, This Day in History

February 7th, 1863: Notice to Sick and Wounded Soldiers

Exactly 150 years ago, today, this was an advertisement published in the Daily National Republican (though it seems the ad itself dates to December of the previous year). Also, it’s interesting to note the warning notice...

1912 map of Alexandria waterfront

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1912 Map of Alexandria Waterfront

We dug up this great old Sanborn fire insurance map of Alexandria from 1912. Take a look at the same area today on Google Maps. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=rosemont+arlington+va&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Rosemont,+Alexandria,+Virginia&gl=us&ll=38.819752,-77.073378&spn=0.005502,0.011362&t=m&z=14&output=embed]

1903 map of Kalorama and Washington Heights

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1903 Map of Kalorama and Washington Heights

Washington Heights (Adams Morgan) and Kalorama were both very undeveloped back when this map was made. It shows the area just north of Boundary Street (Florida Avenue) as it looked in 1903.

Margaret Gorman in 1921 (Library of Congress)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Margaret Gorman: First Miss America and Washingtonian

You may not know this, but the First Miss America was a born and raised Washingtonian. The beauty pageant might be seen as completely irrelevant and anachronistic today, but there was a time when it was...

Map of Brookland in 1903

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Map of Brookland in 1903

This is a great old map of the area surrounding Brookland in 1903.