Old Ads & Classifieds

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

Catholic University advertisement in the Washington Herald (1910)

Catholic University Fall Term Opens Tuesday, October 4th, 1910

October 4th? That seems really late. Holy sh*t … tuition of $75 per year. It’s now $35,000, and that’s actually not bad compared to neighbor school GWU at around $50,000 (ouch). Related articles The National Cathedral...
Mt. Pleasant homes advertisement in the Washington Times - April 19th, 1913

Mt. Pleasant: Where Realty Values Are Rapidly Advancing

Going to open houses today? Check this out. Here’s a great old advertisement from 1913. These are homes for sale in Mt. Pleasant, near the street car line. I’m not sure that these are still around...
Bass Ale advertisement in the Washington Herald - December 24th, 1911

Bass Ale For Christmas Eve 1911

Did you know Bass Ale was available in Washington back in 1911? I did not. Well, it would be only for another six years until Prohibition set in on the city. This was an advertisement I...
Fairlawn real estate advertisement from the Washington Herald - July 22nd, 1911

To See Fairlawn Means a Lot

This is an advertisement for new development and real estate across the Eastern Branch, near Anacostia. Click on the ad for a closer look at what is a harsh window into a very different (and blatantly...

Fort Lincoln Heights: Parts of Barbadoes and Scotland

I want to branch out a little more and represent more neighborhoods. This is a great old real estate advertisement — I’ve been finding a ton of these lately — highlighting Fort Lincoln Heights in NE...
Friends School Country Club House advertisement in the Washington Herald (1910)

Country Addition to Friends School (1910)

Cool. I love these. The Gonzaga one was quite popular with readers as was the St. Albans ad. This is Sidwell Friends School — the name has gone through a few iterations — back in 1910....
The Huntsman's Store advertisement in the Washington Times - October 20th, 1912

Real Shotgun Specials. Real Rifle Bargains.

Some time ago, way back in the day, purchasing a firearm was much easier. About 96 years before the District of Columbia v. Heller ruling dramatically altered the gun-owning landscape in our city, you could walk...
New Gonzaga College advertisement in the Washington Times - August 31st, 1913

The New Gonzaga College in 1913

Along the same lines as the earlier post today with the St. Albans advertisement, here is another prominent (and old) local school. Gonzaga had just built their Main Building in 1912, now named Dooley Hall. Read...
The National Cathedral School for Boys advertisement in the Washington Herald - 1910

The National Cathedral School for Boys (St. Albans) in 1910

If you went to St. Albans, you will probably find this fascinating. If you know someone that went there, send this to them. It’s an old advertisement from the Washington Herald, back in 1910. The school...
Connecticut Avenue Association advertisement in the Washington Times - February 3rd, 1921

Connecticut Avenue, the Shopping Focus of Quality and Economy

This is a great advertisement from the early 1920s. The Connecticut Avenue Association was promoting retail up and down Connecticut Ave., near Dupont Circle, including the Dupont National Bank. Related articles Car Flattened Near Dupont Circle...
Dr. Wyeth advertisement in the Washington Times - April 28th, 1911

I Make Sick Teeth Well

Pretty sweet ad — “I Make Sick Teeth Well” — captures your attention and tells you what you want. Fix my teeth. Also, this guy had offices everywhere, with an office in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia?...
Abraham Lincoln for President in the Daily National Republican - July 21st, 1864

For President: Abraham Lincoln of Illinois

This is a great find. I was digging through old newspapers in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America¬†archives and came across this from the Daily National Republican. It dates back to July 21st, 1864. Related articles...
Sargol Company Flesh Builder advertisement in the Washington Times - May 12th, 1912

Let Us Make You Fat

This is an odd advertisement that wouldn’t play well today. Below the image of the man and woman snickering about the skinny people behind them, This is a generous offer to every thin man or woman...
Independent Ice Co. advertisement in The Evening Critic - May 6th, 1885

Before Fridges, Ice From Maine Shipped to D.C.

Ice harvesting in Maine was a booming industry in the late 19th century through the first decades of the 20th century. The Independent Ice Company, headed by C. B. Church, was one of the larger distributors...
Think It Over, Mr. Careless Husband advertisement in the Washington Times - September 26th, 1911

Think It Over, Mr. Careless Husband

Check out this ridiculously anachronistic advertisement from 1906. The one above, and below are, for gas ranges by S.S. Shedd and Brothers located at 432 9th St. NW (now where the FBI building stands). Related articles...
Arnold's India Pale Ale advertisement in the Washington Times - December 16th, 1906

Arnold’s India Pale Ale: The Invalid. The Convalescent. The Entirely Well. It Does Them All Good.

Who doesn’t like a good IPA these days? I found this simple ad for Arnold’s India Pale Ale in the Washington Times. Back in 1906, Charles Jacobsen was the owner of Arlington Bottling Company, located at...
Burrojaps Shoes advertisement in the Washington Times - June 18th, 1912

Burrojaps Shoes Are Worn By Winners

Here’s a cool advertisement from the Washington Times. This is from June 18th, 1912. By the way, Washington played the Philadelphia A’s that day and beat them 5-4 to pull within 1 1/2 games of the...
Bull Durham smoking tobacco advertisement in the Washington Times - March 6th, 1916

The Smoke of Men Who Win

This clearly would be the cigarette of choice for Charlie Sheen … and since you open the door to hustle with Bull Durham, maybe throw in a twist of Pete Rose. Related articles Sleezy 14th Street...
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