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Cars in front of the Washington Monument in 1956

GoDCer Shares His 1956 D.C. Vacation Pictures

Check out this great set of photos GoDCer Bill sent in (a while ago, sorry I’m just now posting them). The wild part is that tours passed by the front of the White House back in those days. And, I’m not talking about Pennsylvania Ave., I mean the driveway in front of the White House.

Mt. Vernon south porch

GoDCer Shares 1925 Family Photos

Thanks to GoDCer Judith for sharing her grandparents photos from their honeymoon Washington visit in 1925. Below is her note: I thought these might be interesting. These photos were taken by my grandparents who visited the DC area on their honeymoon in 1925. I am not sure of the location of the photo of the […]

Model-T and Bosworth

Can You Identify This Location?

We need the collective help of all GoDCers. A note from GoDCer Jeff (including his friend Alan), included the photo and note below. Hello Ghosts of DC: The building on the left of this photo may still be standing in Washington, DC. And the tree lined street on the right might indicate where in DC […]

Sue & Joe - Capitol - circa 1955 - final book

GoDCer Sends Great 1955 Photo of Parents in D.C.

Thanks to GoDCer Mike for sending in this family photo from 1955. Below is the note he send: Dear Ghosts of DCThis photo surfaced in our family a few years ago.  It was taken in 1955 and shows my parents, Sue and Joe, the year before they were married.  Sue worked at the Pentagon and Joe […]

Thompson’s Dairy in D.C.

Here’s a cool documentary from YouTube on Thompson’s Dairy, formerly on 11th St. near U St. Thanks to GoDCers Alex and Richard, U St. residents and local history buffs, for sending this in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MIYvPo0xLQ

Washington Monument

Help Identify Date of Washington Monument Photo

Okay GoDCers, here’s a challenge for you. Ken sent this in a while back and wanted some assistance on dating this photo. He’s guessing sometime in the 1920s, but maybe someone out there in our community will have a more precise estimate.

Mount Vernon in the snow

GoDCer’s Photos of Mount Vernon in 1932

Here are two great photos of Mount Vernon in 1932, the 133rd anniversary of George Washington’s funeral. GoDCer Mollie sent these in to share with the community.

GoDCer Writes About Relative Who Was Bodyguard to President Lincoln

We woke up this morning to a great email from a GoDCer. It’s a rather interesting story, so we’d like to share it with the community. Since today is Abraham Lincoln‘s birthday, I would like to share the following DC family history regarding our esteemed 16th President. My husband, Frank, is a fifth generation DC […]

Fisks' burial cases - 1853

1853 Ad for Air-Tight Burial Cases

Here’s a fascinating old advertisement sent in by a GoDCer. Nancy sent in an old ad for her great-great grandfather’s business. Source: GoDCer Nancy

Town Marshall, Charles Collins, ticketing a car along Conduit Road (MacArthur Boulevard). Note the 12MPH limit. ca. 1907

Glen Echo War on Diplomats

Source: Glen Echo-Cabin John History This is a terrific email that I received from a GoDCer earlier this week. Getting emails like this always makes my day, so please keep sending them (especially if you have a great story to share). He’s writing in response to a post about the Glen Echo speed limit, which […]

Washington Post obituaries - January 4th, 1933

Obituary for Officer Sprinkle’s Son, Raymond

Here is the obituary for Raymond B. Sprinkle, the son of our favorite policeman, Officer Sprinkle. Thanks to long-time GoDCer John for sending this one in. SPRINKLE–On Monday, January 2, 1933. RAYMOND B., beloved son of Capt. and Mrs. Joshua B. Sprinkle,of 924 Madison street northwest. Body resting at the Tabler funeral home, 928 M […]

1950s Washington

Cost-of-Living Near All-Time High in D.C. (1952)

Do you think it’s expensive to live in the District today? Our population is just hovering around 600,000. Back in the 1950s, we were over 800,000! And, that was with far fewer apartment buildings. GoDCer Jamie sent in a request last week for us to look into the cost-of-living in the city over time, to […]

Washington branch office of Ford - current location of the Canadian Embassy

What Did D.C. Look Like in 1916?

Here are some great images shared with us by GoDCer Adam. These are from Ford Motor Company’s archives showing Washington around 1916.

Au Pied De Cochon in 1980

1980 Photograph of Au Pied De Cochon

Thanks to GoDCer Mike, who sent this in to us. Now, whenever you walk by this spot, you get a waft of greasy Five Guys burgers and fries. Then, you saw a place with some great character, not to mention two payphones. Don’t forget to check out our two posts on the history of the […]

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