Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Georgetown's gun barrel fence

Georgetown’s Gun Barrel Fence [VIDEO]

This is the best contribution thus far by a member of the GoDC community. This is from Tom H. in Bethesda, and when I first saw it, I was blown away at how professional it looked....

Last World Series in Washington, D.C.

When was the last World Series in Washington? In 1933, the Senators played, and lost to, the New York Giants in seven games.

women dancing on the field at Nationals game - 1924 (vanishedamerica.com)

WTF? Scantily Clad Women Dancing on the Field at Senators Game

I’m not sure how to explain this one … it’s just bizarre. Thanks to Vanished Americana for this gem. That’s our good buddy and Columbia Heights resident, Nick Altrock, with his clown teammate Al Schacht.

Willard's Hotel

Philemon Herbert: Crooked Congressman, Card Shark and Brothel Patron

This is the first guest post by Roger. Check out his blog Forgotten Stories for some excellent lost history. Philemon T. Herbert was a crooked lawyer, a card shark, frequented brothels, and stood accused of attacking a...

Buddy Lewis

Buddy Lewis: All-Star Third Baseman and War Hero

This is a tremendously obscure YouTube video, but for any baseball nuts in the GoDC community, you’ll dig this. The video features Buddy Lewis, former Washington Senator and World War II veteran. He played his entire...

Rapidan Camp sign

A Visit to President Hoover’s Rapidan Camp

The story we dug up on Herbert Hoover’s rural camp the other week piqued our interest in learning more about it, and since it was within driving distance, we wanted to see it in person. Last...

Pizza Pioneers of Washington

Who tossed Washington’s first pizza pie?  Was it “jumbo”?  Deep-dish?  Square?  Turns out, these are tough questions to answer.  Several attempts at D.C. historical pizza research have been made (some incorrectly) in recent years.  Here we’ll...

408 Venice St., Falls Church real estate advertisement

Beautiful Falls Hill

Beautiful and quiet Falls Hill was developing in the 1950s. It was a wonderful and peaceful place to raise your family. Take a look at this advertisement featuring this home at 408 Venice St. I might...

Countess de la Rocca in 1914

A Brief Introduction, the Countess, and the “Lovely Visitor from Canada”

This is the first guest post by Jason R. This blog is about “uncovering stories that have long been forgotten.” It is about knowing a “little more” about the community we find ourselves in. I know...

February 7, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Mildred Billert and Hazel Bowman of Ned Wayburn's Revue." National Photo Company glass negative. (Shorpy)

Girls, Garters and Bikes

Here’s a curious old photograph for you. This one is from 1925 and features Mildred Billert and Hazel Bowman, both of Ned Wayburn‘s Revue, a vaudeville show. A few things you should notice about the photo...

Devon Park real estate advertisement - 1957

Devon Park in Beautiful McLean: the Estate Section of Fairfax County

We haven’t done anything for McLean lately, so we’d like to shine a little light on the namesake of John Roll McLean, the former owner of the Washington Post. Here’s a great real estate advertisement from...

3616 Southern Ave., Hillcrest real estate advertisement - 1952 (Washington Post)

Hillcrest Home for Sale; $32,500 in 1952

Here’s a cool advertisement for our favorite Hillcrest GoDCer, Ayanna. This is a Washington Post real estate advertisement circa 1952. According to Zillow, this home is now valued at $319,800. And this is really cool …...

Point of Rocks railroad station

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station at Point of Rocks

This is one of the most, if not the most, beautiful railroad stations in America. You can easily be captivated and transported back to 1873 when you stand on the platform of the old Baltimore and...

Dutch Leonard circa 1945

A Cautionary Tale: the 1945 Senators

This is a guest post by GoDCer Marty from Chevy Chase, MD. Much like the rest of us, he is nervously excited and cautiously optimistic about our team. When you read this post, you’ll know why....

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Street scene, Pennsylvania Avenue." Here we see the tower of the Old Post Office as well as a number of vanished Washington landmarks including the Parker Bridget department store.

Pennsylvania Avenue, Frozen in Time (1919)

What an amazing shot of Pennsylvania Avenue from 1919. This captures much what is happening in the old video we posted from about a decade earlier. UPDATE: We received a great tip and link from GoDCer...

Hub Furniture Co. advertisement - March 18th, 1908 (Washington Herald)

Auto Wheels and Porcelain Handles; $9.75 Baby Go-Cart (1908)

Would you put your baby in this? What a bizarre baby carriage. And what is a sanitary couch?

June 29, 1922. Little Miss Tarkington waits on the White House steps to snap a picture of President Warren G. Harding

Little Miss Tarkington Waits for President Harding

This picture speaks for itself. This little girl is waiting on the White House steps to take a photo with President Harding.

Seneca Schoolhouse Museum

Seneca Schoolhouse Museum, a Step Into the Past

I was out for a drive the other day, driving from Leesburg through Point of Rocks, Maryland. The route home took me down River Road, out in western Montgomery County. First, if you haven’t been out...