Old Ads & Classifieds

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

Titanic survivors (history.com)

Titanic and Carpathia Ads in the Washington Post

Wow, these are fascinating. This is the best "Old Ads and Classifieds" post yet. Scanning the Washington Post from...
National Airline advertisement in the Washington Post (1955)

This Day in History: National Airlines Advertisement on March 8th, 1955

We haven't done a "This Day in History" post in a while, so here is one from 1955. I found an old ad in...
13th and Harvard St. NW advertisement (1905)

Open House For 13th and Harvard St. NW Homes (1905)

This is awesome. Maybe you're going to hit up a few open houses today? Well, check this old advertisement out. This part is great, advertising...
Washington Gas Light Co. advertisement (1906)

Gas for Lighting and Heating: Buy Now, Pay Later

Here's an old advertisement from the Washington Times. This ad for gas lighting and heating ran in the March 2nd, 1906 newspaper. You could...
Gas range avertisement 1916

Need a Gas Range circa 1916?

If you live in the D.C. metropolitan area, and you pay bills, chances are, you're paying Washington Gas (formerly known as Washington Gas Light...
Pabst Blue Ribbon advertisement - 1903

D.C. and Pabst Blue Ribbon: A Hundred Years of Love

This is the beer you'll see dominating bars like Solly's, Red Palace or Wonderland. So this short "Old Ads and Classifieds" post is for...
Saving Daylight! postcard (1918)

We Need Daylight Savings … and More Cigars!

We haven't always had daylight savings ... back in 1918, there was debate on Capitol Hill about time zones and daylight savings. Interestingly enough,...
Duchess of Idahovideo

Today on WTOP: Esther Williams (1952)

This is a gem that I found in the January 5th, 1952 Washington Post. Esther Williams was a big deal in the 1950s as...
Oyster advertisements in the Alexandria Gazette

You Want Oysters? Back in 1890, You’d Go to Alexandria

Reading this makes me a little hungry. I was scanning the old Alexandria Gazette (2 cents!) from December 4th, 1890 and noticed that they...
Coke Dandruff Cure

Coke Dandruff Cure (1902)

This is a wild advertisement that I came across in The Evening Times (back then they'd publish the paper a couple times each day)....

What Happened to the Electric Car? Buy a Rauch and Lang...

Here's a great old advertisement from the Sunday Washington Times, on Halloween, 1909. Interested in buying an electric car? Well it'll only take $1,500...
North Columbia Heights development plots

Street Car Extensions and a Columbia Heights Building Boom (1902)

I came across a great advertisement for plots in Columbia Heights. It dates back from July 20th, 1902. A few obvious differences...