Old Ads & Classifieds

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

wireless operators advertisement - 1918

World War I Draft: Wireless Operators Needed

Source: Library of Congress Here’s a cool advertisement from World War I. This was printed in the Washington Herald on February 15th, 1918.
advertisement for The Birth of a Nation

The Most Glorious American Epic: The Birth of a Nation

Here’s a fascinating article from the Washington Times, printed on April 22nd, 1916. For those of you unfamiliar with The Birth of a Nation, it’s a crazy racist film which was banned in a number of...
Giant Food in 1979

Giant Food Ad from 1979

Wow, remember these days? It’s humorous looking at these prices. This is an advertisement from the Washington Post printed on June 25th, 1979. Source: The Washington Post
reward for stolen sailboat

$10 Reward for Stolen Sailboat

Here’s an ad in the paper that you’re not terribly likely to see today. It was printed in the Daily Evening Star on July 5th, 1854. Source: Library of Congress I couldn’t find anything about the...
219 North Saint Asaph St.

For Sale: 219 North Saint Asaph St. in 1900

Source: Library of Congress Interestingly, we came across this ad for a home being sold on January 2nd, 1900. The home at 219 North Saint Asaph Street in Alexandria also happens to just have gone under...
train advertisement - December 17th, 1877

Steamship From Georgetown to Philadelphia and Points North

Back in the 1870s, you could take a steamship from Georgetown all the way to Philadelphia, or even up to Boston. Below is an advertisement for Clyde’s New Express Line (not related to Clyde’s the restaurant...
advertisement for bricklayers in 1853

Help Wanted: Bricklayers for the Capitol Extension (1853)

This is so cool. Montgomery C. Meigs placed an advertisement in the Daily Evening Star on August 1st, 1853, exactly 160 years ago today. Meigs was seeking skilled bricklayers to help in the expansion of the...
real estate listings - December 17th, 1877

For Rent: 1523 P St. $25/mon or 911 L St. $40/mon

Source: Library of Congress We came across this advertisement in the December 17th, 1877 Evening Star. Luckily, the home on P Street is still there and you can have 1523 P St. for a cool $1,085,000....
omnibus advertisement - July 5th, 1854

Omnibus Advertisement from 1854

Now this is a cool old (really old) advertisement from the Daily Evening Star, printed on July 5th, 1854. It’s an advertisement for omnibus or coach service to Alexandria. Source: Library of Congress
budweiser advertisement - January 15th, 1906

Awesome Full Page Budweiser Advertisement

This is a great full page ad run on January 15th, 1906 in The Evening Star. Source: Library of Congress
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