Old Ads & Classifieds

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

West Woodridge

1922 Ad for Woodridge and Brookland Real Estate

Here is an advertisement in The Evening Star for real estate in West Woodridge, off of Rhode Island Ave. NE. It was printed on May 6th, 1922. For a little context, on May 5th, construction began on Yankee...
1616 Allison St. NW

New Crestwood Home on Allison Street For Sale in 1922

This is an old ad from The Evening Star printed on Saturday, November 11th, 1922. It’s a home for sale in Crestwood at 1616 Allison St. NW. The home was just built prior to this advertisement running...
Columbia Heights homes

Recognize These 1912 Columbia Heights Homes?

Here is an ad from The Evening Star printed on Saturday, September 14th, 1912 (seven weeks later Woodrow Wilson was elected president — and he banned inaugural balls). Any thoughts on where these homes are today? According...
Connecticut Avenue Highlands advertisement in 1910

1910 Ad for Connecticut Ave. Highlands (Cleveland Park)

Here’s a cool old advertisement for Connecticut Avenue Highlands, now known as Cleveland Park. Click on the ad for a larger version to read the details. Source: Library of Congress Check out more of out awesome...
1921 ad for Columbia Heights homes

1921 Ad for Columbia Heights Homes

Here is an old advertisement for real estate in Columbia Heights. This was printed on Saturday, November 12th, 1921 in The Washington Times. Using the consumer price index, $6,300 in 1921 equals $78,100 today. Though if you...
REO Speed Wagon advertisement

REO Speedwagon Wasn’t Just a Band

I never thought about looking into the origin of REO Speedwagon’s band name, but alas, coming across this old advertisement in The Washington Post from November 1919 answered the question that I never asked. And now, you...
3904 Legation St. NW

Chevy Chase Home: $15K to $1.1 Million in 93 Years

Here’s a beautiful old home in Chevy Chase advertised for sale in the Sunday, November 6th, 1921 edition of The Washington Herald. It was listed at $15,000 then, and it just so happens that it is currently...

Big Mac’s Golden Garter: 1960’s Capitol Hill Go-Go Bar

We received a great tweet from @capitolization a while ago and wanted to do a little digging into the history of the Golden Garter sign. Remington's sign removed, reveals old sign from the Golden Garter. Great...
1926 Brookland real estate advertisement

Brookland Real Estate Ad from 1926

Here is a terrific old advertisement for real estate in Brookland. This was printed in The Washington Post on Sunday, May 2nd, 1926.

Awesome Detailed 1932 Apartment Listings

This is so cool. Make sure you click on it for greater details and scan through the whole thing. See any buildings that you recognize, or maybe lived in? Add your commentary below!
The Parkside - 1702 Summit Pl. NW

Sunday Apartment Listings in 1932

Oh, things sure were different. Check out these great apartment advertisements from July 3rd, 1932. These were printed in The Washington Post. Below is an ad for The Parkside, which still stands at 1702 Summit Pl. NW....
real estate listings - July 21st, 1916

D.C. Apartment Listings in 1916; $10.50 Per Month!

We came across some old real estate listings from The Washington Post, printed on July 21st, 1916. The last few times that we posted listings, they were extremely popular, so here’s another one for you. Times sure...
Wesley Heights -1891

1891 Ad for Wesley Heights Real Estate

Check out this great old advertisement from The Washington Post in 1891.
The Washington Herald - August 31st, 1919

Institute for Physical Development on E Street

Here are two old advertisements from 1919 that we dug up, featuring the Institute for Physical Development.  
Hillbrook advertisement 1918

Beautifully Located Hillbrook; 1918 Real Estate Advertisement

We’ve never featured Hillbrook, so here’s our first item uncovered for the neighborhood. If you’re from the area, or know someone that lives there, make sure to pass this along. Does anyone recognize the buildings in...

Vitamon Tablets for Female Beauty and Male Power

Check out this bizarre advertisement from January 8th, 1922. Source: Library of Congress
December 31st, 1949

Half-Century Advertisement Celebrating Washington Post (1950)

This is a cool New Year’s advertisement that we found in The Washington Post December 31st, 1949. Click on it for a larger version.

Sheridan Circle: Gateway to Massachusetts Avenue Heights

Check out this advertisement from 1911 showing the beautiful development popping up around Sheridan Circle.
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