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Our national capital, viewed from the South

Incomplete Washington Monument in Wood Engraving from 1882

We found this cool wood engraving from 1882, meant to depict the National Mall looking from the South. In the image, you can see buildings like the Smithsonian Institution in the lower middle. Off to the...

D.C. Gives Fidel Castro A Hero’s Welcome At E Street Restaurant

“It’s Midnight in Washington…and this is the Steve Allison show.” I can remember those lines from 1959 just like it was yesterday. WWDC (1260 on the AM dial) had hired a talk show host from Philadelphia...
LBJ on the phone

Lyndon Johnson’s Pants; “Down Where Your Nuts Hang, Is Always a Little Too Tight”

Wow. This one’s an all-time classic. We’ve heard many amusing Lyndon Baines Johnson phone calls on Washington’s C-SPAN radio station (FM 90.1), but somehow we missed this one. In the early afternoon of Aug. 9, 1964,...
Joe DiMaggio, Shirley Povich, and Yogi Berra

Shirley Povich’s Ad: ‘Reach for a Post Instead of a Ghost’

Even though the Washington Post had a new owner, things were tough financially for the paper in the depth of the Depression in 1933, the last year Washington had a baseball team in the World Series....
Marion Barry arrested by the FBI

How Post Photographer Got Picture of Mayor Barry’s Cocaine Bust

Sometimes the story behind the story is almost as sensational as the original news. Nearly everyone remembers when former Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for possession and use of crack cocaine back in 1990. But until...
Vince Lombardi

The Day Vince Lombardi Died

Happened to catch that Vince Lombardi special the other day on HBO. They always manage to show it in the run-up to the Super Bowl. It brought home again the total shock of learning shortly before...

No Ordinary Soldier: Sarah Rosetta Wakeman

Many women at the outbreak of the Civil War did not know how to support their favored side. The roles of woman at the time were limited and none of them were direct involvement in the...
1978 Washington Bullets

“Warm Up the Fat Lady” The Night the Bullets Won the NBA Title

Elvin ‘The Big E’ Hayes and Bobby Dandridge were in the house at the Verizon Center the other night to watch the struggling Washington Wizards lose in overtime to the Boston Celtics. Before the game, this...

Stolen: D.C.’s Royal Elephant Tusks

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie gave a pair of elephant tusks to District leaders during his first visit to America in 1954.  Those ivory tusks — recently stolen — have barely been described by police.  We thought it...

Evacuating Materials from the Library of Congress

We are grateful for the picture below, since so many of the amazing images on this site come via the Library of Congress! In December 1941, as a precautionary measure, about 5,000 boxes of materials from...

Wrecking Ball Demolishes Chevy Chase Ice Palace

Source: Streets of Washington When the Chevy Chase Ice Palace and Sports Center opened on Nov. 23, 1938, it became an instant sensation. On opening day more than 2,200 people hit the indoor skating rink, bringing...
Bryce Harper - "clown question bro"

Ten Best Quotes in D.C. Sports History

There’s certainly been no shortage of colorful characters on the Washington sports scene. From Sonny Jurgensen to John Riggins to Curtis Portis on the Redskins and from Walter Johnson to Bucky Harris to Bryce Harper on...
Joe Gibbs in 1992

The Day Joe Gibbs ‘Retired’

Sportscaster Steve Buckhantz is best known as the long-time TV play-by-play voice for the Washington Wizards. But in early 1993, when he was sports director at WTTG-TV (Channel 5), he scored one of Washington’s most stunning sports scoops, breaking...
1961 Washington Redskins

1961: The Last Year Season Redskins Fielded All-White Team

Only the Dallas Cowboys saved the Washington Redskins from complete disaster in 1961, the last year they fielded an all-white team. The Washington football franchise, under first-year coach Bill McPeak, posted a 1-12-1 record, the worst...
Car buried in snow

Snowy Winter in Washington

There’s no snow in the forecast for a white Christmas, so to take its place, check out some of these photos of major snow in DC from the late 1800s and early 1900s. First, a car...
Baseball in front of the Capitol Building

We’re ready for some baseball!

Fewer than 50 days until pitchers and catchers report. Here at Ghosts of DC, we’re huge baseball fans, so even though it’s the middle of every sport except for baseball, we needed to get some hardball...
Washington Monument from above

Tip of the Washington Monument

You’ve probably seen amazing views of the Washington Monument like this: or maybe like this (and if not, then here it is for the first time!): But you probably haven’t seen the very tip of the...
Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice on sidelines with Washington Redskins head coach Joe Kuharich during game versus the Green Bay Packers at Riddick Stadium, Raleigh, N.C., September 11, 1954

Worst-Ever Season for the Redskins? Quite Possibly 1954

As dismal as this fall has been for fans of the Washington football franchise (want an illustrated history book for Christmas?), the 1954 season might have been even worse. How bad was it? In early November,...
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