Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Anacostia and Good Hope Road in 1916

Good Hope Road in 1916

Take a look at how different Good Hope Road in Anacostia looked in 1916. And below is the Google Map of the same area, with a pin marking the intersection of Good Hope Road and 19th...

The White House East Wing as viewed from the south

View of the White House’s East Wing

We love this old photo of the White House, which we found in the Library of Congress’ archives. There is not date on it, but since there is no Truman Balcony, it’s likely some time in...

Harry Atwood takes off from the South Lawn - July 14th, 1911

Guy Flies Plane Off White House Lawn

This is a great picture, shared by GoDCer Mike, showing Harry Atwood, taking off from the South Lawn of the White House. This photo was taken on July 14th, 1911. Atwood had traveled all the way...

November 23, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Ford Motor Co., Union Station." For the 1939 model year, Ford debuted a new brand called Mercury.

Want to Buy a Ford? Go to Union Station

You have to love this old photo from 1938. It shows two cars, a Ford on the left and on the right, a new brand they just launched, Mercury. I also love how the men are...

1909 map of D.C. waterfront in southwest

Map of the Southwest Waterfront in 1909

To celebrate our first birthday, here is the map of Washington’s waterfront as it stood in 1909. The transformation of this area is going to be massive when the ambitious development projects are completed.

military men in Washington, DC circa 1918

Hey, Look at that Aeroplane!

It would appear that these men (and woman) are looking at an aerial show. The man in the middle with the radio is possibly in contact with the pilot. However, the caption for the photograph reads...

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Lotos Lantern." Miss Steger's tea house at 731 13th Street. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Lotos Lantern Tea House at 17th and G

This is a great old photo of Lotos Lantern Tea House at 17th and G St. NW. Here is another view of the building. You can see it on the far right.  

Washington, D.C. "Texas Company. Payne & Twomey, 1925." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Sandwiches, Soft Drinks, Tobacco and Cakes

Sorry our posts are so short. We spent the bulk of the holidays moving our site to better hosting (which hopefully you notice – faster page loads). We’ll make sure to crank out some good ones...

Topographical sketch of the environs of Washington, D.C. : (survey of locality for public park & site for a presidential mansion) / to accompany report of N. Michler, Major of Eng'rs, Bvt. Brig. Gen'l U.S.A.

Topographical Sketch of Rock Creek Park (1866)

This is a beautiful topographical map of the area that would become Rock Creek Park. The map was done in 1866 in compliance with a Senate Resolution of July 18th, 1866.

1907 Baist real estate atlas of Anacostia

1907 Map of Anacostia

Take a look at this Baist map of Anacostia in 1907.

"Auto wreck. December 31, 1923." Continuing this week's theme of vehicular mishaps on (and off) the roads of Washington, D.C. On New Year's Eve, this car was in the drink. See the comments for details about this fatal accident in the Tidal Basin. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Don’t Drink and Drive in 1923

The driver of this car did and ended up in the Tidal Basin. The car made it out but two men did not. A third, the driver did. Below is a story from the Washington Post...

Happy New Year! (Shorpy)

Happy New Year 1940!

It’s almost 2013 … 73 years after this photo was taken.

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Margaret Clark." A Christmas tree with all the trimmings, and a Buick. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Merry Christmas in 1920

Merry Christmas to all GoDCers! We’ll be taking a break from posting until the new year.

Bird’s Eye View of the National Capital in 1883

I love this. Click on it for some amazing detail. Get ready to waste a lot of time studying this image, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Circa 1910. "Train concourse, Union Station, Washington, D.C." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Cavernous Concourse at Union Station

Check out how massive Union Station looks in this photo. This is from 1910, several years after the railroad station was completed.

little Betty Amberger (Washington Post)

A Snowstorm and Horrific Tragedy

In January 1939, a snowstorm hit the D.C. area, dumping five inches of snow. Normally, this would be cause for celebration as area children would beg their parents to let them play and sled. The city...

Friends Meeting House of Washington, D.C. (Wikipedia)

Three Stories About the Quaker Meeting House

GoDCer Patrick sent in a great suggestion a couple of weeks ago and we’re now digging up some great stories about the Quaker house on Florida (i.e., The Friends Meeting of Washington, D.C.). The Quakers, also...

Washington, D.C., circa 1938. "Liana de Bayle, daughter of the Minister of Nicaragua and Senora de Bayle." Harris & Ewing glass negative.

Super Creepy Photo of Nicaraguan Minister’s Daughter

Don’t you love these old photos? This one is creepy and haunting. The girl in the photo is Liana de Bayle, the daughter of the Minister of Nicaragua. Remind you of Poltergeist?