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The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

June 21, 1926. Washington, D.C. "Peggy Walsh, Clytie Collier and Ethel Barrymore Colt." National Photo Company glass negative.

Three Young Women in Bathing Suits (Including Drew Barrymore’s Cousin)

Life was pretty good for the young women in this photo. From left to right we have Peggy Walsh, Clytie Collier and Ethel Barrymore Colt (i.e., Drew Barrymore’s cousin, once removed). These young women were living...

U.S. Patent Office interior in 1924

Incredibly Detailed 1924 Photo of the U.S. Patent Office’s Interior

Take a look at this great afternoon photo. The detail is amazing when you click to zoom in on it. This is the old U.S. Patent Office in 1924, the building that currently serves as the...

1943. On maneuvers in wartime Washington. "A soldier and a woman in a park, with the Old [Russell] Senate Office Building behind them." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency, photographer unknown. Office of War Information.

Man Ogles Woman Near Russell Building (1943)

We’re sharing a ton of great old photos this week and this is a great moment, frozen in time from 1943. It’s a shot of a soldier, sitting near a woman posing for a photograph. If...

Fats Domino in the 1950s

Rowdy Rock ‘n’ Roll: Fats Domino Banned From Griffith Stadium

Beer wasn’t the only thing banned from Griffith Stadium. Rock ‘n’ roll music was not allowed either. The Washington Post wrote about Fats Domino being banned from performing at Griffith Stadium in August 1957. District Commissioners...

Calvin and Grace Coolidge with dog

Dog Humps Leg of First Lady Grace Coolidge

Okay, that’s probably not what’s happening in this photo, but that title probably piqued your interest. It is a bizarre photo, nonetheless and we felt compelled to share it.

Bigwig Digs

Three Things You Didn’t Know From Bigwig Digs

A great new site launched today and the GoDC community is going to love this one. It’s called Bigwig Digs, put together by the folks at Urban Turf. This is a cool site, not only for...

Elite Laundry at night

Stunning Photo: Elite Laundry (Currently Brixton)

To the best of our knowledge, this is 901 U St. NW, currently occupied by über-popular Brixton. Check out the photo of the front today … you can definitely see the resemblance. Below is the Google Street...

June 28, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Girl in bathing suit." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Awkward Photo of Little Girl in Bathing Suit

The expression on this girl’s face is bizarre … “why the hell are you making me hold a doll, a B.F. Keith’s sign and this stupid parasol, while sitting on this uncomfortable sand?” Poor girl. She...

Where is the Original Dupont Circle Statue?

This is D.C.’s original statue of Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Dupont, installed in 1884. Here you see it – clearly sitting at the center of Dupont Circle. We see the namesake admiral but we don’t see...

DiMaio Brothers Hillcrest real estate advertisement - July 25th, 1959

Hillcrest Townhomes by the DiMaio Brothers

A number of GoDCers have been asking for more east of the river stuff (including our GoDCer friend Ayanna) … so here’s another cool advertisement from Hillcrest Heights that we found in the Washington Post. This...

massey-couple

A Canadian in Dupont Circle

I was going to go with a title about Canadians coming in peace this time, but I did not want to re-start the old “who burned down the White House?” argument all over again. Indeed, Canada...

Eisenhower Paroled by Doctors in Denver; Returns to Washington

In September 1955, President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while visiting Denver. He was rushed to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital, where he would spend seven weeks recovering. While convalescing, he continued to carry out his executive duties...

Walter Reed wreck

One Killed, 18 Injured in Walter Reed Streetcar Wreck

On October 13th, 1919, an out-of-control streetcar was traveling down Georgia Ave. NW, near Walter Reed, when it slammed into a military truck, instantly killing one passenger on the truck and injuring countless others. Below is...

Sidney Lust's Leader Theater Girls in 1919

NSFW: Sidney Lust’s Leader Theater Girls

For conservative, puritanical Americans, this is probably highly inappropriate … especially in the early 20th century (we warned you about NSFW if your boss is looking over your shoulder). But this was an odd enough moment...

Old plat of Georgetown (gutenberg.org)

Old Map of Georgetown

Here are two great old maps that we found showing Georgetown. We know how much GoDCers love maps (we do too), so here you go. Below is a more detailed view of a part of Georgetown.

Harmon Killebrew 1956 Topps baseball card

Washington Senators Move to Los Angeles in 1957

We’re a little late on this, but … this day in history (minus 12 days), 56 years ago, the Baltimore Sun reported a rumor that the Washington Senators were moving to the West Coast for the 1957 season....

Earl Whitehill of the Washington Senators

Earl Whitehill: Washington’s Last Lefty 20-Game Winner

Congratulations Gio Gonzalez! You are the first 20-game winner for Washington baseball in 59 years, when Bob Porterfield accomplished the feat. Not only that, but you are only the second left-handed pitcher ever to do this...

Thomas Circle in 1921 (Shorpy)

Traffic Around Thomas Circle, Frozen in Time

This is a terrific photo of Thomas Circle around 1921. Click on the image for a larger version, so you can stare at it for a while. These are amazing images dug up on Shorpy.