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Old Ads & Classifieds

These are old ads and classifieds from Washington, D.C. newspapers.

Harry Wardman’s Woodley Park Homes

Harry Wardman was a prolific developer of Northwest in the 1920s. This ad from The Evening Star shows some of his homes on Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park.

Buy a Home in 1925 Silver Spring

What did homes look like in 1920s Silver Spring? This advertisement promotes "growth now has brought modern, rapid transportation."

1894 Map of Tennallytown and Reno

This map is so fascinating, showing Tennallytown (i.e., Tenleytown today) and Reno (long-since razed). It was done by G.M. Hopkins & Co. in 1894. Make sure you click on it for a larger version...
1926 ad for Petworth homes in The Evening Star

Petworth Home Ads from 1926

We posted some cool old maps of Petworth’s development in the early part of the 20th century yesterday. Today, here are some cool ads to go along that. You’re looking at a few ads...

1904 Columbia Heights Real Estate Ad

Check out this great old advertisement from The Evening Star back in 1904. It shows a number of great properties for sale in then-new Columbia Heights, which was booming with development. Source: Library of Congress
Piggly Wiggly advertisement in 1922

Awesome Piggly Wiggly Advertisement

Piggly Wiggly is a seriously southern brand, which no longer exists in Washington. But here’s a cool old advertisement showing the Pig back in 1922. Source: Library of Congress
Chevy Chase home at 4104 Harrison St. NW

Attractive Chevy Chase Home at 4104 Harrison Street NW

We love sharing old real estate advertisements from the area. Check this one out, showing a home in Chevy Chase, published on January 6th, 1923. Source: Library of Congress And below is the Google...

Early 1900s Wisconsin Ave. Real Estate

You could hand your own piece of Wisconsin Avenue real estate for only $50 down back in 1908. Not a bad deal!
Washington Times - April 28th, 1911

$50,000 Award to Fly Across America in 1911

This cool old advertisement shows a competition for flying innovation in the early 20th century. Click on it to read more and see that William Randolph Hearst was offering $50,000 for a successful flight...