Pictures Tell a Story

Pictures of Washington, D.C. that tell a good story.

1610 14th St. NW

14th St. Buildings in 1920 Before Pearl Dive, Ghibellina, and Rice

This great old photo shows 1610 14th St. NW, which is currently Ghibellina in the middle, Rice on the left, and Pearl Dive on...
early 1900s view of 11th and Pennsylvania

1900s Frozen in Time at 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue

What do you see in this photo of Pennsylvania Avenue? It's an amazing scene from the early 1900s, where you can see the Willard...
Shoomaker's and Globe Restaurant Company

What’s Behind This Detailed Downtown Photo of Shoomaker’s Liquor Store in 1917?

I had some free time this weekend when Ghost Baby was snoozing, so I went deep on this photo I found at the Library...
1857 Inauguration

First Known Photo of Presidential Inauguration (1857)

This is an extremely rare photograph of James Buchanan's Inauguration at the East Front of the Capitol Building on March 4th, 1857. It's a...
soldiers rolling through Washington on trucks

World War I Soldier Ogling Woman

Here's our next photo for "Pictures Tell a Story." It's a great old shot from 1918 of World War I soldiers motoring through the...
map around the National Mall

1872 Street Paving Map of Washington

You think the roads are bad today, with all the potholes? I assure you, they were worse in the 1870s. Here's a really cool...
Connecticut Avenue in 1904

1904 Connecticut Avenue Photo Tells a Story

We're loving spending time studying these old photos. Hopefully you're enjoying them too. This is a photo from 1904 showing Connecticut Avenue, and we're assuming...
Ford's Theatre

1870s Ford’s Theatre Picture Tells a Story

Here is a fantastic old photograph of Ford's Theatre that we've probably shared previously, but this time it's extremely high resolution. Thanks to GoDCer...

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