Notable People & Places

Stories about famous people and places in Washington, D.C.

Governor Clinton Delivers 1980 Georgetown Commencement

Here's a rare one. You're looking at then-governor Clinton of Arkansas, and Georgetown graduate, delivering the commencement speech at Georgetown for the...

Trump Hotel in 1919

Here is the lovely Old Post Office Pavilion, currently the Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave. Old Post Office...

1879 Smithsonian Construction

This great old photo shows the Arts and Industries Building on the Mall under construction in 1879. The...

Smithsonian Castle in 1856

What a lovely old photo of the Smithsonian Castle in 1856. Click on it for incredible details. The...

1939 National Airport Photo Survey

National Airport in Arlington was opened in the summer of 1941, several months before Pearl Harbor. Below is a fascinating old image...

Washington Monument Under Construction in 1883

Washington Monument under construction with U.S. Fish Commission hatching ponds in the foreground and Bureau of Engraving and Printing building in the background.

The Brand New West Wing

This lovely old photograph shows the West Wing of the White House shortly after it was completed. Presidential...
Congressman Wilbur Mills and exotic dancer Fanne Foxe speak with reporters outside Foxe’s dressing room in 1974. (Bettmann Archive via Getty Images)

Arkansas Congressman and the Argentine Stripper

I watched The Front Runner this weekend, the story about Gary Hart's implosion of a presidential campaign in 1988. What a...
The White House during the Civil War

The White House Before Fences and Security

Can you even believe this photo. This dude is just sitting on what appears to be a low stone wall on the south side...
National Archives building in 1933

Skeleton of National Archives Building in 1933

This is what the National Archives building looked like before it took shape in the 1930s. What a fascinating old photo. Source: National Archives
31 March 1963 President John F. Kennedy and family watch Caroline Kennedy riding a horse named "Tex" at Camp David. "Tex" is wearing a blue and gold Moroccan saddle, a gift to President Kennedy from King Hassan II. Photograph includes: (L-R) Caroline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Jr., First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and President Kennedy. Camp David, Maryland. Please credit "Robert Knudsen, White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston"

The Kennedys at Camp David

This photo was taken on March 31st, 1963. It shows the whole Kennedy clan happily spending some time together at Camp David. Caroline is...
1876. Photographer: W.W. Core, Washington, D.C. Frederick Douglass is standing on the front lawn of his home on A Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. Other family members are standing out on the front porch on both side of the houses.

Rare Photo of Frederick Douglass in Front of His Home

This amazing find was dug up courtesy of the National Park Service. You're look at a grainy image of Frederick Douglass standing in front...
https://www.nps.gov/media/photo/view.htm?id=0A872177-1DD8-B71C-07B983197ECB7653

Unfinished Jefferson Memorial in 1940

This great photo shows the Jefferson Memorial back in 1940, before World War II. Source: National Park Service Here's another cool one we dug up.
1877 view of the Washington Monument under construction as seen from the Tower of the Smithsonian (now the Smithsonian Castle)

Best Photo of Unfinished Washington Monument in 1877

Many of you know that the Washington Monument sat unfinished for decades, an eye-sore of a stump on what would become the National Mall....

Incredible 1904 Photo of the Willard Hotel

This is one of the best photos we've uncovered in quite a while. Click on it for more. This is the new Willard Hotel around...

Rare 1890s Photo of Old Executive Office Building

Better known back then as the State, War, and Navy Building... This is a lovely old image of the historic and beautiful building. Click...
White House image from the 1880s

Stunning 1880s Photo of the White House

You have to see this amazing old photo of the White House. This is a view of the President's Mansion from the south. Source: Library...

Where Did President Grover Cleveland’s Cabinet Live?

Now this is a unique post for you. We came across a fascinating directory from the 53rd Congress (i.e., from 1893 to...
Amphibian aircraft on reflecting pool in front of Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. in 1923. (Harris & Ewing / Library of Congress)

Airplane Takes Off From Reflecting Pool Near Lincoln Memorial

What a fascinating and bizarre old photo from 1923. You'll clearly never see something like this again, not unlike the one we shared from...
The nation's capital circa 1933. "View of Washington Monument at night in Reflecting Pool." 5x7 nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak.

Stunning Washington Monument at Night in 1933

This beautiful old photograph of the Washington Monument, lit up at night, was taken in 1933. Click on it for some great details. Source: Shorpy
Treasury Building in 1860

The Treasury Building in 1860, Before the Civil War

Do you recognize the Treasury Building? This photo shows it back in 1860, before the Civil War. Source: Library of Congress