Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

White House Police Captain John McCubbin

Meet John McCubbin, White House police officer in 1922, recently promoted to head the force. Yes, he looks a little stiff. He was born in Virginia to a Scottish father and English mother. His wife, Hattie,...

rates of advertising for The National Republican in 1860

Price of Advertising in 1860

Do you work in the newspaper or media world? You will find this fascinating. These are the ad rates for The National Republican in 1861.

Washington Times article on Dupont Circle (1902)

Colony of Palatial Homes Around Dupont Circle

This is an excellent page from the Washington Times, published on December 21st, 1902. We wanted to share the entire page with you, so make sure to click on the image for a detailed version of...

December 5, 1923. Probably Washington, D.C. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection, Library of Congress.

Elephants on Parade

Clearly, this is not something you will see today … or, is it?

Ad for Heurich Brewery in 1891

Heurich’s Beer: It Stands Unrivaled!

Here is a great ad (with an exceeding amount of information) from the Sunday Herald, circa 1891. And if you haven’t been yet, make sure to check out the Heurich House Museum, the coolest place you...

Silver Spring, MD

Silver Spring: History of the Name and Neighborhood

Why is it named Silver Spring? Francis Preston Blair (i.e., Blair House near the White House) came across a mica-flecked spring in Acorn Park.

Lincoln Park real estate advertisement (Washington Times)

Modern Homes Near Lincoln Park

Real estate ads are one of our favorite things to post. Here is a great one from Saturday, December 13th, 1919. Pull together $7,300 and you can have a nice home near Lincoln Park.

notice of stray sheep - December 14th, 1860 (National Republican)

Stray Sheep on G Street

What an odd announcement in the newspaper. You gotta love these. This was printed on December 14th, 1860 in The National Republican. Oh, by the way, for some historical context, on December 20th, 1860, South Carolina...

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Old house, Mass. Ave. N.E. Built by Thomas Taylor in 1876."

Old House on the Hill, Mass Ave. NE

What an incredible photograph. Click on it to examine it in detail, especially the man on the right. This is one of those haunting photos where you almost feel like the subject is looking back at...

five Georgetown baseball players in 1928

Georgetown Hoya Baseball Five

What a great baseball moment, frozen in time. The photo shows five Georgetown baseball players in 1928.

Jhoon Rhee - Nobody Bothers Me

Lunch Video: Nobody Bothers Me

Some of your D.C. old-timers will remember this commercial. So Awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz2PLuuFEiw An interesting bit of trivia that you probably don’t know. The dude that penned this jingle, Nils Lofgren, was also a member of Bruce...

Bloomingdale row houses (source: gullivers-nest.blogspot.com)

Why Is It Named Bloomingdale?

It has been a really long time since we did a “Why is it Named…?” post, and since at least a quarter of GoDCers live in Bloomingdale (I totally made that number up), we are going to...

Hoover posing with a boxer at a New York City dog show

J. Edgar Hoover’s Bad Credit: A Happy Hour Story From Greg

It’s been a while since we posted an email from a GoDCer. So, here’s a good one we received this morning from newly recruited GoDCer Greg (thank your happy hour friends for us, Greg!). I was...

Mosquito Nets As Tall As The Washington Monument

A Washington doctor with an interesting name was among the first to suggest a link between mosquitos and malaria.  Meet Albert Freeman Africanus King. Dr. A.F.A. King was a professor of obstetrics at Columbian University, precursor...

OMG Über 70s TV Commercial

Wow. Anybody remember this store or this commercial? Sweet psychedelic  lights in the stereo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G20MhTlRPo0

Washington, D.C. "Skating night, 1919." National Photo Co.

Ice Skating in D.C. (1919)

What an eery photo from 1919.

Washington Heights real estate advertisement in 1904

Superior Homes in Fashionable Washington Heights

Old real estate advertisements are the best. This one is from the Evening Star on Saturday, May 28th, 1904. For some interesting trivia, soccer fans will be thrilled to know that exactly one week earlier, May...

Watergate in 1977 (Washington Post)

Three Other Things That Happened at the Watergate

Something big happened at the Watergate in 1972 and it led to a very defensive President Nixon giving this painful press conference. This is not about that event. In true Ghosts of DC style, let’s dig...