Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Sleepy Hollow, West Falls Church real estate advertisement

Sleepy Hollow: A Honey of a Location

Real estate advertisements from the 1950s are excellent. Here’s a great one from Sleepy Hollow in Falls Church. We wanted to find the home in the advertisement above, and the the best of our sleuthing ability,...

Embassy of Kenya at 2249 R St. NW (Wikipedia)

If Walls Could Talk: Embassy of Kenya

Our last embassy version of “If Walls Could Talk” was quite popular, so here’s another one from the same part of town, Sheridan Circle. California’s new senator buys Washington residence In December 1915, California’s freshman senator,...

3473 Holmead Pl. NW (home on the right)

Ex-White House Policeman Murders Wife

Okay, here is a headline that caught my attention: “Ex-White House Policeman Indicted as Slayer of Wife.” This is an article from August 3rd, 1943. Random fact: the day before, PT-109, commanded by JFK, was rammed...

Frank Morris - Alcatraz Inmate # 1441 (alcatrazhistory.com

Who Was Frank Morris? He Escaped Alcatraz.

Frank Morris was from Washington, DC; a career criminal, he had a high IQ, and was the only person to escape from Alcatraz.

Josh Gibson, Homestead Grays

Don’t Forget Josh Gibson

We have posted a couple times about the legendary slugger Josh Gibson. He is both a fascinating subject to learn about and a terribly tragic figure. We came across this short biographical clip that we thought...

Marlow and Hillcrest Heights real estate advertisement - 1955

Live Better at Marlow and Hillcrest Heights

Here is another great real estate advertisement from east of the river … and east of the District line. This is a real estate advertisement for homes in Marlow Heights and Hillcrest Heights back in 1955,...

Washington Redskins: 1942 NFL Champions

Sunday is our first game and the beginning of RGIII in D.C. Let’s bring back some pride to the Washington Redskins. And we’d like to give a quick shout out to GoDCer, and giant Redskins, fan...

Griffith Rooftop boxes (griffithstadium.com)

Griffith Stadium Beer Garden Opens

Prohibition lasted at Griffith Stadium well past the official repeal. You may not know this, but unfortunately for Senators fans, owner Clark Griffith was a teetotaling prohibitionist. He was adamantly opposed to permitting the sale of...

3612 Bangor St. SE real estate advertisement

1955 Ad for Home on Bangor Street in Hillcrest

Hopefully we are earning a GoDCer for life in Ayanna by posting all of these Hillcrest-related advertisements. If you know the person that lives here, send this to them. I’m sure they’d love to see their...

1904 Washington Senators

Nationals Almost Renamed Washington Teddies

Nats fans, you are not going to believe this. This just might be the best obscure trivia we have uncovered about D.C. baseball. We used to have a team, the first one here called the Senators,...

Woodbridge Estates real estate advertisement - December 7th, 1952

Three Bedroom Ramblers in Woodbridge

This is a cool one from Virginia, right out of the Wonder Years era. That’s right, Kevin Arnold … well, actually, Kevin was born on March 18th, 1956 (thanks Wikipedia!). Nevertheless, this is the kind of...

Weather Bureau Kiosk on Pennsylvania Avenue

This photo from 1912 shows a Weather Bureau kiosk at E Street and Pennsylvania Ave., NW. Β It’s a high-resolution image, so feel free to click to see some extra details. Large cities around the country had...

Map of the Navy Yard Before Nationals Park

Another map! Sweet. I think GoDCer David will dig this. Most of you will dig this because these old maps are amazing. This time, we’re checking out the Navy Yard circa 1921. This is the area...

legalize beer cartoon by Pat Enright

Charge of ‘Beer Orgy’ Angers White House

That’s a pretty good attention grabbing headline from the Washington Post. And I think this is appropriate, given the current media focus on the White House’s home brewed beer. There was even an official response by...

Baist map of U St. and Shaw (1921)

Map of U St. and Shaw Circa 1903 and 1921

Below is the Baist real estate map of the area around U St. and Vermont Ave. NW. So if you’re a frequent patron of Dodge City, Nellie’s, or the hoppin’ new place, Brixton, this will be...

Moe live at the 9:30 Club

Three Shows at the 9:30 Club

We love the 9:30 Club, and we’re pretty sure most GoDCers do as well. How many concerts, big and small, have you seen there? The old venue at 930 F St. NW and the current one...

Homestead Grays in 1944 (Smithsonian)

Homestead Grays: Gone But Not Forgotten

This is awesome, with a few appearances from former Mayor Anthony Williams (nice bow tie dude!). Β If you’re a baseball fan and a history fan, watch the whole thing. It’s an excellent history on the Homestead...

L.G. Schroder real estate advertisement - August 10th, 1919 (Washington Post)

Real Estate Investments; Make Your Dreams Come True

Take a look at this real estate investment ad from 1919. Only $6,300 for a home in Petworth! $30,000 for a home at 14th and Euclid? That’s a lot of money back then … I’m sure...