Other Cool Stuff

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...
British Embassy

Beautiful Photo of the Old British Embassy

Here’s a terrific old photo from 1917 of the British Embassy, which was located at 1300 Connecticut Ave. NW, just above N St. and across the street from the Starbucks today (everything is across from a...
Department of Treasury - November 11th, 1862

Treasury Department Under Construction in the 1860s

Here’s a great series of images showing the Treasury Building under construction in the 1860s.
D.C. cab fars in 1947

D.C. Cab Fares in 1947

How cool is this article from The Washington Post, printed on March 13th, 1947.  These are the rates for taxi cabs taken from D.C. By the way, who is taking a cab from D.C. to Charlottesville or...
The assassination of President Lincoln: at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 14th, 1865

Playbill from Ford’s Theatre on the Night of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

April 14, 1865 at Ford’s Theater began with a showing of Our American Cousin, and ended with an assassinated President Lincoln. The Library of Congress has the program from that evening. Pretty incredible to think that...
1888 map of East Capitol St.

1888 Map of East Capitol Street

If you live east of the Capitol, check out this map and see if you can find your house. The pink buildings are brick structures and the yellow are wood frame buildings. I’m guessing that a...

Only Christian Nurses at Sibley Memorial Hospital

How times were different back then right? This is an advertisement for Sibley Memorial Hospital from September 1st, 1910, printed in The Washington Herald. Source: Library of Congress

Ex-Slave Visits With FDR at White House

Watching the Oscars and thinking of 12 Years a Slave, we were wondering if and when a former slave visited the White House as a guest. I also suspect that this has happened more than once,...
The Watergate Complex

Watergate Builders Get Green Light for 130-Foot Height

This is an interesting article that we came across in The Washington Post, Times Herald from May 30th, 1962. At the time, there was much debate about the proposed Watergate Towne complex set to be built along...
Duke vs. GWU (1948)

Duke vs. George Washington University at Duke Stadium (1948)

Check out this program. It’s for the Duke vs. GWU football game, held on November 13th, 1948 at Duke. Source: Duke University Libraries Duke was pretty average in 1948, going 4-3-2 under coach Wallace Wade. GWU...
Mayor Marion Barry and his wife Effi

Mayor Barry Proposes Renaming Part of Mass. Ave. After Mandela

This is an interesting story from the 1980s. Mayor for life, and general embarrassment to the city of Washington, Marion Barry, proposed in 1985 to rename a portion of Massachusetts Ave. in front of the South...
Image shows a black-and-white engraving published in 1834 to portray Washington, D.C. and the west front of the U.S. Capitol grounds as they were in 1800. Includes the west end of the west grounds and Pennsylvania Avenue, with poplar trees planted in 1803.

Great First-Hand Description of Washington in 1800; Most Houses, Small Miserable Huts

We often wonder what the city was like in the early days. By all accounts, it was a miserable place to be. We dug up an interesting article in The Baltimore Sun from December 17th, 1853, which...

Photo of Guards at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1995

Here’s a cool photo sent in by one of our GoDC readers, Carol. Thanks for sharing this! I know of one former Tomb Guard who might be able to fill us in on why they were...
John W. Ross Elementary School

Why Is It Named Ross Elementary School?

Who was John W. Ross? He has a nice little school named for him in Dupont Circle at 1730 R St. NW. It’s pre-K through fifth grade and has only 154 students. Maybe some of you...
corporal punishment

Corporal Punishment Banned in D.C. Schools

Here’s an interesting article that we dug up from April 17th, 1930, printed in The Washington Post. Emphatic condemnation of any form of corporal punishment of a child by a teacher in the District schools was voiced yesterday...

Film of Day in the Life of 1930s D.C.

This is a really cool old film that we dug up at the U.S. National Archives. Check it out and see what landmarks you can identify, then add them to the comments below.
Washington, D.C. from space

D.C. Seen From Space

This is pretty cool. We were inspired by the photo we found of Baltimore yesterday. We found this on the Japan Space Imaging website, thanks to Google. Source: Japan Space Imaging
Get Ghosts of DC by emailYou don't want to miss our best stuff in your inbox!

We'll send you our newest content as soon as it publishes. And, we'll throw in some of the best old content from the last eight years. We have nearly 3,000 posts, so you'll have plenty to read.

Recommended for youHere's a book we think you'll enjoy.
Take a look