Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1915-1930. One of three H&E glass negatives labeled "Car exterior. Washington & Old Dominion R.R." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Ghost Railroad Car #4928

This is a great afternoon photo for you to lose yourself in. Click on it for a larger version. We found this gem on Shorpy and you can follow the interesting conversation in their comments about...

Map of Georgetown in 1915

1915 Map of Georgetown Waterfront

In response to a couple requests on the last 1915 Georgetown map, here is one of the neighboring plates, showing the area down to the Potomac River.

1851 map of Washington, D.C. in canvas

Hang This Map on Your Wall

GoDCer, and über cartophile, Matt has sent along something that we’re compelled to share with you … because GoDCers love maps! We posted an awesome 1851 map of D.C. a while ago, and it was one of...

November 24, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Bonus Bureau, Computing Division. Many clerks figure the amount of the bonus each veteran is entitled to."

High Powered Computing Circa 1924

This is what a high-powered computing operation looked like in 1924. This was crowdsourcing before it existed.

Anacostia home being constructed circa 1919

Anacostia Street Frozen in Time (1919)

Here is a terrific shot of homes being built in Anacostia. This was taken around 1919 and this row appears to be the 1900 block of 16th St. SE. Check out the Google Street View below...

New York Avenue after the riots in 1968

A GoDCer Shares His Photos of D.C.

GoDCer, and D.C. native, Tony was kind enough to share a number of photos from his youth. His father was a pilot with Eastern Airlines (remember them?) and a few of the shots are taken by...

Washington Times - November 2nd, 1906 - page 12

November 2nd, 1906: High School Football Player’s Amateur Status Questioned

On Friday, November 2nd, 106 years ago, this was the sports page of the Washington Times.

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Times boy and bicycle." Winner of a Mead Ranger bike by virtue of selling 30 newspaper subscriptions. The Ranger contest was a promotion of various papers from about 1917 to 1923. National Photo Co. Collection.

Sweet Bike … Pissed Kid

His bike looks sweet. Why does he look so pissed?

Lincoln Park Baist real estate map in 1903

Detailed Map of Lincoln Park in 1903

Here is another amazing map. This time we are focusing on Lincoln Park. Look at how many lots are vacant. And there is a race track at 15th and North Carolina Ave. Gotta love old maps...

boy on the steps to the Octagon House in 1921

Don’t Enter That House. It’s Haunted!

Here is an apropos photo for All Hallows’ Eve. It’s a shot of a boy walking up the steps to the Octagon House, a house I wouldn’t recommend entering this evening, since it is frequently listed...

Capitol Hill Haunts - Tim Krepp

Officer Sprinkle and the Haunted Police Station

This is the first guest post by GoDCer Tim. Given that we have “ghosts” in our name and with today being Halloween, it’s appropriate to have a post about the paranormal. Also, don’t forget to check...

The Washington Times - October 31st, 1912 - page 8

October 31st, 1912: Halloween Spirit Pervades All Parts of the Capital

Today we’re kicking off a new Ghosts of DC category called “In the Paper,” where we will post an entire page from an old newspaper, and adding just a bit of commentary. These newspaper pages will...

Halloween in Washington - Metro mockup

Metro’s Bizarre 1970s Halloween Mockup

Here’s a weird image from the early archives of WMATA.  It depicts “Halloween In Washington” but clearly stretches the bounds of reality — and Metro’s rules.  Let’s face it… there’s no way a guy riding a...

Richard Nixon by Norman Rockwell in 1968

Irony! Watergate Ad Welcomes Nixon’s Presidency

On the morning of President Nixon’s 1969 inauguration, several local businesses ran newspaper ads congratulating the new chief executive. Furniture stores, department stores, grocers… few are immune to inaugural excitement. But one local business had —...

map of Georgetown in 1915 (Baist real estate atlas)

Georgetown Map Circa 1915

Another fantastic Baist real estate map, this time from 1915. The map shows a good chunk of Georgetown.

dude on metro in costume (via andrescavelier.posterous.com)

Top 10 Ghosts of D.C. Halloween Costumes

We would be doing GoDCers a disservice if we did not compile a list of the top five GoDC-related customers for Halloween. These are some of the most colorful characters that we have come across in...

Michael Morse swings

Exorcising at Least Some of the Ghosts of DC

The final regular season game of the 2012 regular season was a little bittersweet. Sure, Teddy finally won a president’s race (with some timely assistance from a faux Phillie Phanatic) and the Nationals chalked up the...

Lincoln Memorial and an approaching storm (ianlivingston.com

Frankenstorm Circa 1891

As the huddled masses of D.C. sit and brace for the worst of this new Frankenstorm, Ghosts of DC has dug up an even more epic and terrifying storm that crushed Washington in a mere 30...