Tag: 1850s

Smithsonian Castle in 1856

What a lovely old photo of the Smithsonian Castle in 1856. Click on it for incredible details. The...
View of Georgetown D.C. / lith. and printed in colors by E. Sachse & Co.

View of Georgetown in 1855

This lovely painting shows Georgetown in the distance as it looked in 1855. View of Georgetown D.C. /...
Old State Department Building in 1857

Oldest Photo of State Department

This is the oldest known photo of the U.S. Department of State. The photo is from 1857 and shows the old State Department building,...
Tysons Corner 1936

Why Is It Named Tysons Corner?

The area formerly known as Peach Grove eventually came to be known as Tysons Crossroads and then Tysons Corner after William Tyson.
1858 plan of the Navy Yard

1858 Architectural Plan for the Navy Yard

Check this out ... it's an old 1858 plan for the Navy Yard. Source: Library of Congress

Beautiful 1857 White House and Conservatory Photo

Whoa. This one is amazing. James Buchanan was the president when this photo was taken -- unless it was early that year, then it...
White House stables in 1857

Rare Photo of White House Stables

Have you ever seen a photo of the White House stables? We haven't actually come across one until we found this at the Library...
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1861, by D. McClelland, Blanchard & Mohun, Hugh B. Sweeny, and Thos. Blagden, in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia.

Incredible 1850s Map of Washington

Now this has to be one of the best maps we've come across recently. It shows Washington in the 1850s, marking all the buildings,...
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...
Bank of the United States - $1 bill (1852)

1852 Bank of the United States Dollar Bill

How cool is this? It's an 1852 dollar bill issued by the Bank of the United States. Source: currencyquest.com
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

1850s Construction Photos of Treasury Building

Here is a cool series of photographs from the 1850s, when the Department of Treasury's building on 15th St. was under construction. Source: Library of...

Really Old Pre-Civil War Photo of Washington

Now this is a really super old photo of Washington from around 1857. Click on it for a much larger version to...
David L. Yulee (U.S. National Archives)

First Jewish Senator and an Ardent Secessionist

We came across some interesting history while digging through the rabbit hole that is Wikipedia. David Levy Yulee, of Florida, was not only one...
February 27th, 1857

Wanted: a Sober Man, Without Family

Know any sober gardeners in the area? If so, in 1857, the could have earned $200 per year, with room and board. Good Hope...
1854 train tickets

Washington to Chicago for $18 in 1854

This is an old advertisement for railroad tickets between Washington, Baltimore and points west. A ticket from Washington to Cincinnati was $11, Chicago was...
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Video of Really Old Photographs of Washington

Here is an interesting video that we found, showing a collection of really old photos of D.C. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyjhT0Z0g9Y  
reward for stolen sailboat

$10 Reward for Stolen Sailboat

Here's an ad in the paper that you're not terribly likely to see today. It was printed in the Daily Evening Star on July...
advertisement for bricklayers in 1853

Help Wanted: Bricklayers for the Capitol Extension (1853)

This is so cool. Montgomery C. Meigs placed an advertisement in the Daily Evening Star on August 1st, 1853, exactly 160 years ago today....
omnibus advertisement - July 5th, 1854

Omnibus Advertisement from 1854

Now this is a cool old (really old) advertisement from the Daily Evening Star, printed on July 5th, 1854. It's an advertisement for omnibus...
The President's Manion in 1850

1850 Stereoscopic Photo of the President’s Mansion

What a great photo. We found another terrific source of images, though, unfortunately they're not high resolution. Source: New York Public Library