Old Ads & Classifieds

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

Howard University of 1919

Howard University Advertisement (1919)

Check out this great old advertisement that we dug up in The Washington Times from September 7th, 1919. Source: Library of Congress
1911 advertisement

1911 Ad for Homes on Spring Road; $38 Per Month

Can you recognize any of these homes? This is an advertisement printed in The Washington Times on November 18th, 1911. Can you imagine … $38 a month! Source: Library of Congress
August 6th, 1922

1920s Ads for The Cairo Hotel

Here is a series of old advertisements for the great Cairo Building at 1615 Q St. NW.  
1952 Eastern Airlines ad

Eastern Airlines: 37 Flights Daily to Washington in 1952

Source: Duke University Libraries Here’s a cool retro ad from the 1950s. It’s an advertisement for Eastern Airlines with 37 daily flights to Washington, D.C. I’m assuming this is from New York.
Brickskeller cocktail waitress

Brickskeller Cocktail Waitress: Where the Action Is!

Want a job? Checking out the classifieds in The Washington Post on December 10th, 1968, you would have come across this one for a cocktail waitress at the old favorite, Brickskeller. Oh, I miss that place. It was...
3459 Macomb St. NW

1925 Ad for Macomb Street Home in Cleveland Park

What a beautiful home. I’ve driven by this home a few times, and it’s amazing. Does anyone happen to know who lives there? Because, if you do, make sure you share this with them. I’m sure...
Washington Nationals 1912

Oh, You Nationals! Keep It Up, Boys!

What a fun old print from The Washington Times printed on June 18th, 1912.
Chevy Chase ad in 1922

Chevy Chase Terrace: Washington’s Most Exclusive Residential Park

Above is an advertisement from The Washington Herald from October 21st, 1922 showing Chevy Chase.
Baltimore Sun - November 12th, 1845

For Sale: 460 Acres of Land on Rock Creek

Here is an old classified advertisement from The Baltimore Sun, printed on November 12th, 1845. In the ad, you’ll see some interesting property for sale, namely a large plot of land on the Rockville and Washington...

Kenny Rogers Live at the Capital Centre the Day Iran Fell

Sweet concert! This is an ad in The Washington Post on February 11th, 1979 for a Kenny Rogers concert. Almost 35 years ago, this was a Sunday, and while Washingtonians were heading to Landover for the concert,...

1900 Ad for Washington Brewing Company

Check out this cool beer ad from 1900. Golden Hop … yum.
Fisks' burial cases - 1853

1853 Ad for Air-Tight Burial Cases

Here’s a fascinating old advertisement sent in by a GoDCer. Nancy sent in an old ad for her great-great grandfather’s business. Source: GoDCer Nancy
American Service Center advertisement

Mercedes-Benz Advertisement in 1961

Check out this old advertisement from The Washington Post. It was printed on June 23rd, 1961, and you can still go to 585 N. Glebe Rd. today to purchase a Mercedes-Benz.
adult entertainment ads

Seedy 1970s Adult Entertainment Business

The District had a much darker underbelly in the 1970s and 1980s, including a number of adult theaters in the area. Just check out the old advertisements in The Washington Post from the time. Here’s one from...
personal advertisements

Personals: Missing Wife, Dyspepsia, and Cure Your Cocaine Habit

How odd are these old personal ads. I suspect you can imagine some of these on Craigslist today. I’m especially intrigued by the first and last ones. How bizarre. These are from the 1880s, printed in The...
Washington Post - March 29th, 1936

Colonial Village Park-and-Shop

Here’s and old ad from 1936 showing a neighborhood that we haven’t yet shared with you — Colonial Village.
Washington Post - August 5th, 1928

36th and Veazey, North Cleveland Park Advertisement (1928)

Here’s an old ad from the roaring 20s.
Washington Post - August 25th, 1929

1929 Ad for Chevy Chase Gardens Homes

Here’s an old advertisement for Chevy Chase Gardens.
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