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Category: Old Ads & Classifieds

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Old Dutch Market at Dupont Circle

The Old Dutch Market at Dupont Circle is now occupied by CVS. It was a thriving business in DC through the 1920s. See their launch ad and learn more about what happened to them.

Awesome Old Pan Am Advertisements

Remember when flying was glamorous and an event to really look forward to? Pan Am was an incredible experience and here are some ads for what they offered back then.

Connecticut Avenue Association advertisement in the Washington Times - February 3rd, 1921

Great 1921 Ad for Dupont Circle Shopping

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.

Washington Homes For Sale in 1952

Look at the homes for sale around Washington in 1952. These great old real estate ads from The Evening Star show the booming market at the time.

Proper Home Electrification in 1924

This is a cool old advertisement from the Evening Star from 1924. The Wardman Construction Company was headed by Harry Wardman, prolific real estate developer in Washington back in the early part of the 20th century. Today’s Redfin listing for the home has it valued at about $1.6 million, up from around $15,000 nearly a […]

Harry Wardman’s Woodley Park Homes

Harry Wardman was a prolific developer of Northwest in the 1920s. This ad from The Evening Star shows some of his homes on Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park.

Buy a Home in 1925 Silver Spring

What did homes look like in 1920s Silver Spring? This advertisement promotes "growth now has brought modern, rapid transportation."

1894 Map of Tennallytown and Reno

This map is so fascinating, showing Tennallytown (i.e., Tenleytown today) and Reno (long-since razed). It was done by G.M. Hopkins & Co. in 1894. Make sure you click on it for a larger version to examine the details. I’ll point out a few things of note. There’s a home diagonally positioned at 39th and Yuma […]

1926 ad for Petworth homes in The Evening Star

Petworth Home Ads from 1926

We posted some cool old maps of Petworth’s development in the early part of the 20th century yesterday. Today, here are some cool ads to go along that. You’re looking at a few ads we found in The Evening Star from Saturday, January 16th, 1926. Here are the homes on 8th St today in Google Street […]

Piggly Wiggly advertisement in 1922

Awesome Piggly Wiggly Advertisement

Piggly Wiggly is a seriously southern brand, which no longer exists in Washington. But here’s a cool old advertisement showing the Pig back in 1922. Source: Library of Congress

Chevy Chase home at 4104 Harrison St. NW

Attractive Chevy Chase Home at 4104 Harrison Street NW

We love sharing old real estate advertisements from the area. Check this one out, showing a home in Chevy Chase, published on January 6th, 1923. Source: Library of Congress And below is the Google Street View.

Washington Times - April 28th, 1911

$50,000 Award to Fly Across America in 1911

This cool old advertisement shows a competition for flying innovation in the early 20th century. Click on it to read more and see that William Randolph Hearst was offering $50,000 for a successful flight across the continental U.S. Jay Gould of New York offered $10,000 to the first pilot to fly at an altitude of […]

A menu for bottle liquors room service at the Willard Hotel.

Old Time Willard Hotel Room Service Menu

How cool is this find? We dug up this great old menu for the Willard Hotel’s room service at Discover DC History. Click on them for more details. This appears to be from the 1960s? Maybe the 1950s? Source: Discover DC History

Evening star., May 07, 1904

1904 Capitol Hill Real Estate Ad

This cool old advertisement from 1904 shows some homes at 11th and D St. NE for sale. It looks like each building sold for $5,200 and could get rent of about $540 per year! Source: Library of Congress And this is what the same homes look like today using Google Street View. Pretty cool.

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