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1917. Arlington, Virginia. "Fort Myer officer training camp mess." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Our Best Posts From 2012

It’s hard to believe, but Ghosts of DC was born over seven years ago. We first started posting on January 4th, 2012 with a piece about Nick Altrock, former Washington Senators baseball player and Columbia Heights...
F St. in the 1860s

Where Is This on F St. in 1865?

This wonderful old image from the 1860s shows F St. near the end of the Civil War. The details are quite incredible when you click on the photo. I’m a little confused as to where this...
Old Spanish Embassy at 1521 New Hampshire Ave. NW

Spanish Embassy on Dupont Circle in 1911

This photo of the old Spanish Embassy is from 1911, showing the building at 1521 New  Hampshire Ave. NW, just north of Dupont Circle. Click on it for better details. Source: Library of Congress Check it...
The Washington Directory - 1822

The President and Regular Folks in the 1822 Washington City Directory

Stuff like this is always great to come across. Below is the Washington Directory from 1822 by Judah Delano, which can be found here. Below is the page that’s really interesting. It shows all the regular...

This Was F Street at Night in 1955

This amazing old photo shows F St. NW, looking east from 13th St. in 1955. Pretty cool. Source: Flickr user rockcreek Here’s a similar view today on Google Street View, which is not nearly as cook....
1921 map of Bellevue Highlands

1921 Map of Bellevue Highlands, Southwest D.C.

Take a look at this old map, showing Bellevue at the bottom of the District, or I should say, what would become Bellevue. The map has the area listed as Bellevue Highlands, and surely there were...

Photos of 1940s D.C. Streetcar Life

With all the buzz about whether the H Street streetcar will happen or not, we thought it would be a great idea to share some images of what streetcar living was like back in the middle...

Coldest Day Ever in D.C. at -15 Degrees

You think that it’s cold now? Try living in D.C. back on February 11th, 1899. Thanks to GoDCer Brian, we decided to look into other times when it was freezing here, and we found quite a...
Washington, D.C. Passengers, drivers, and dogs were tired by the time they reached the gas pumps on the day before stricter gasoline rationing went into effect

Poor Dog Waiting in Line For Gas Rations

I saw this photo and I had to share it. This is a photo from June 21st, 1942. We were in the early days of World War II and in the middle of rationing. This poor pup was...
1907 map of Brightwood

1907 Map of Brightwood

Here’s a terrific old map of the area around Brightwood in 1907. GoDCer Ian emailed about this a while ago and we finally got around to sharing it. Enjoy!

1848 Plan of the Senate Chamber

This drawing is a plan of the U.S. Senate chamber for the Thirtieth Congress. Source: Duke University
March 1925. Washington, D.C. "Pennsylvania Avenue." Lots of Shorpy landmarks here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

1925 View Down Pennsylvania Avenue

This is such a great old photo. Click on it for a much more detailed version. Source: Shorpy
1864 map of the Washington Aqueduct

Civil War Map of Washington Aqueduct

This is a terrific old map from the Civil War, showing the Washington Aqueduct and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.   Source: LIbrary of Congress
1907 map of Chevy Chase area

1907 Map of Pre-Developed Chevy Chase

We found this cool 1907 map of Chevy Chase, showing a much more rural, pre-developed area. It looks like the Shoemaker family owned quite a bit of land in the area back then. Source: Library of...
aerial view of Washington National and the Pentagon

Great Aerial Photos of National Airport and Spout Run

Here are two great photos sent in by GoDCer Ken, who was raised in Arlington. The first shot is an aerial photo around Washington National and the Pentagon. The second one is Spout Run near Lee...
Long-distance view of the Government Printing Office on the northwest corner of North Capitol and G Streets NW showing structures in the 600 block of North Capitol and a streetcar heading south on North Capitol.

Giant Government Printing Office Building in 1909

Here is a really cool old photo of the Government Printing Office off of North Capitol St. Source: Dig DC Don’t miss this great story that we wrote about a man who worked at the GPO...
1932 Washington Post apartment listings

1932 Apartment Listings for D.C.

Check out rental priced in Washington from 1932. This is going to make you feel bad about what you're paying today.
View of 1736 I Street NW, a three-story row house that was the last residence of Jefferson Davis. Flanking each side of the structure are partial views of 1738 and 1734 I Street NW.

This is Where Jefferson Davis Lived in D.C.

Check out this cool photo of Jefferson Davis’s old home in D.C. at 1736 I St. NW. Unfortunately, like much of historic Washington, the building no longer stands. This photo was taken in 1913. Source: Dig...
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