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 to examine...
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 we found...

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 Street View.

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 across the...
A menu for bottle liquors room service at the Willard Hotel. (back)

Old Time Willard Hotel Room Service Menu

How cool is this find? We dug up this great old menu for the Willard Hotel’s room service at Discover DC History. Click on them for more details. This appears to be from the 1960s? Maybe...
Evening star., May 07, 1904

1904 Capitol Hill Real Estate Ad

This cool old advertisement from 1904 shows some homes at 11th and D St. NE for sale. It looks like each building sold for $5,200 and could get rent of about $540 per year! Source: Library...
The Washington times., May 31, 1903, Magazine Features

Chevy Chase: Premier Among Washington Suburbs

This great old advertisement from The Washington Times was printed in 1913. Click on it for some great details and read through the copy. Source: Library of Congress Here’s an excerpt from the piece above. Chevy Chase...
Evening star., March 15, 1913, Page 4

Chevy Chase 1913 Real Estate Advertisement

We love digging up old ads from the papers like this one showing some great old real estate in Chevy Chase. You could get a great home in upper northwest back then for $6,500. Using the...
Advertisement for 1201 Clifton St. NW

1910 Ads for Clifton St. Homes in Columbia Heights

Here’s an old advertisement that we found in The Washington Times from Saturday, June 4th, 1910. It shows a row of homes on Clifton St. in Columbia Heights, recently finished, and for sale at $7,750. Source: Library of...
Scorecard for 1886 baseball game between Washington Nationals and New York Giants; advertisements printed on borders of card. Printed on card: "Washington, New York." Handwritten on card: "Aug. 18, 1886, Washington, D.C." Penciled notations on scorecard.

1886 Scorecards for the Washington Nationals

What an amazing old baseball find here. This is a scorecard marked up for a game on August 18th, 1886. Also, check out the great advertisements around the scorecard. The Nats, by the way, finished 28-92...

America Online Commercial From 1995

This is great. It’s an old commercial for America Online. Sometimes we forget the Internet of the 1990s, but this is a great example of what life was like 20 years ago. Brings back some great...

1906 Coca-Cola Advertisement

We love old ads here at Ghosts of DC and this is a great one from The Evening Star, printed on June 24th, 1906. Source: Library of Congress Three weeks later, Alfred Dreyfus was exonerated, bringing...
Alexandria real estate advertisement (1920)

Locate These Mystery 1920 Alexandria Homes

Can you find these homes today? I did some sleuthing and the best I could come up with was E Walnut St between Little St. and Mt. Vernon Ave. The directions in the advertisement seem to...
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