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Rosslyn City, the Brooklyn of Washington - 1889
Rosslyn City in 1889: The Vision of Becoming Washington's Brooklyn
Explore the 1889 ambition of Rosslyn City, touted as the "Brooklyn of Washington," and its emblematic journey of urban aspirations and challenges.
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1922 Ad Reveals How Electric Railways Transformed Arlington
Electric railways drove Arlington's transformation from rural to suburban between 1892-1941. This history shows how rail paved the way for the county's growth.
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1930s Washington D.C. Apartment Listings: A Glimpse into Great Depression Living
Delve into 1930s Washington D.C. apartment listings and discover how the Great Depression and the presidential campaign influenced living conditions. Explore affordable rents, modern amenities, and the challenges faced by residents in this historic era.
Alexandria real estate advertisement (1920)
Can You Find These Homes Today? I Did Some Sleuthing and This is What I Found
Can you find the homes shown in this 1920 Alexandria real estate advertisement? I did some sleuthing and this is what I found. Take a look at the Google Street View and see what you think! Plus, a super random historical context about George Gipp.
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This Great Old Advertisement from The Washington Times: Printed in 1903
Unearth the charm of vintage advertising! Step back to May 1903 with an enchanting piece from The Washington Times.
1907 advertisement for Silver Spring Park
A Look Back to 1907: An Advertisement for Silver Spring Park
Take a look back to 1907 with this advertisement for Silver Spring Park, printed in The Washington Times. See the history of the park and its attractions and offerings in this vintage ad.
advertisement for homes in 1907
Check Out This 1907 Advertisement for Homes in Adams Morgan and Mt. Pleasant
Take a step back in time and check out this advertisement for homes in Adams Morgan and Mt. Pleasant from December 7th, 1907. Printed in The Evening Star, this is so cool!
Old Dutch Market at Dupont Circle
The Old Dutch Market at Dupont Circle is now occupied by CVS. It was a thriving business in DC through the 1920s. See their launch ad and learn more about what happened to them.
Three Houses for Sale the Day of Pearl Harbor
These three houses were advertised for sale in the Washington Post on December 7th, 1941. Help us identify the 565-acre estate in Warrenton, Virginia.
Awesome Old Pan Am Advertisements
Remember when flying was glamorous and an event to really look forward to? Pan Am was an incredible experience and here are some ads for what they offered back then.

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