Tag: 1870s

advertisement - June 12th, 1879

1879 Ad for “Asbestos” Liquid Paints

... And, it can be applied by the most inexperienced painter. Great news!
advertisement - June 12th, 1879

1879 Ad: Skinny Men and Women and Not Admired

Now this is an interesting advertisement from the Washington Post, printed on June 12th, 1879.
Analoston Island

Amazing 1874 View of Analoston and Aqueduct Bridge

This is awesome. Thanks to Georgetown University for this one. Source: Georgetown University Library
train advertisement - December 17th, 1877

Steamship From Georgetown to Philadelphia and Points North

Back in the 1870s, you could take a steamship from Georgetown all the way to Philadelphia, or even up to Boston. Below is an...
real estate listings - December 17th, 1877

For Rent: 1523 P St. $25/mon or 911 L St. $40/mon

Source: Library of Congress We came across this advertisement in the December 17th, 1877 Evening Star. Luckily, the home on P Street is still there...
waterfront view of Georgetown in the 1790s

William Corcoran: Georgetown Could Have Been Bigger Than Baltimore

That claim might come as  a shock to you, but the city's most famous and wealthy resident of the 19th century, William Corcoran was...
plan for the proposed National Library at Judiciary Square

Proposed National Library at Judiciary Square

Obviously, our national library is not at Judiciary Square, but before we committed to building the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill, there were...
unfinished Washington Monument in 1874

The Egyptian Obelisk of Murder Bay

Below is a scathing letter to the editor by Clark Mills. You may recognize that name, because he's the guy who did the statue...
The Museum. Birth-place. 18th + K Sts, N.W. 1879-1882. Bound in a copy of "Catalogue of The Exhibits in the Museum of Hygiene. Medical Department of the United States Navy." Compiled by Philip S. Wales, Medical Director, U.S.N. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1893.

U.S. Navy Medical Museum Back to 1879

GoDCer, and avid history buff, Mike sent over these great images the other week. I'm finally getting to post these, but take a look...
Looking south from the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 11th Street, the silhouette of the Smithsonian Institution Building is seen in the distance. The photograph, taken by William Henry Holmes and signed "W.H.H. Phot.," shows horse-drawn carriages along the avenue of storefronts. Above the first building to the right of 11th Street, the sign reads "Latimer & Cleary Auction and Commission Merchants", the next building has a sign "Star Buildings," and the third building "Metropolitan."

Smithsonian Institution Building from Pennsylvania Avenue in 1874

We are loving the Smithsonian Archives! This is a great one from 1874.
Winder Building in the 1870s

The Winder Building After the Civil War

Here is a shot of the Winder Building, some time after the Civil War. It looks to be in quite a state of disrepair,...
Washington circa 1900. "Stewart's Castle, Dupont Circle." The William Morris Stewart house on Massachusetts Avenue, designed by Adolph Cluss, shortly before it was demolished. National Photo glass negative.

Lost History: Stewart’s Castle on Dupont Circle

This is one of the many tragic losses of Washington's architectural history ... Stewart's Castle. The former home of Nevada Senator William M. Stewart,...
Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite administering the oath of office to Rutherford B. Hayes on a flag-draped inaugural stand on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol

Inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877

Not exactly the most revered or most remembered president, poor Rutherford B. Hayes was zinged by our current president. We'd like to shine a...
map of Alexandria County in 1879

1879 Map of Alexandria County

The treasure trove of maps held by the Library of Congress gave us this awesome map of Alexandria County (i.e., Arlington County today) from...

Love These! Rural Maps of Washington in 1879

Did I get too excited with that title? These are so cool. It's hard to believe that much of the District was...
Chain Bridge at the end of the Civil War (Library of Congress)

Why Is It Called Chain Bridge?

In 1872, Congress appropriated $100,000 for a bridge made of iron. Construction lasted until 1874, when it was rechristened "Chain Bridge" without chains.
panoramic view of Washington (1 of 5)

Panoramic View of Washington in 1879

Here is a series of photographs we have not seen before. This is a five-part panorama showing the mall area and surrounding buildings, from the...
Washington Post classifieds - March 29th, 1879

March 29th, 1879: Witness the Dawn of a New Era

Maybe this is a little hyperbolic, but that was the ad for the National Clothing Company, at the corner of 7th and D St....
Newspaper row in 1874

Washington’s Newspaper Row in 1874

Below is a great engraving from Harper's back in 1874. It depicts the old newspaper row in Washington.
map of Rockville in 1879

Map of Rockville in 1879

We are very much obsessed with old maps. I think it's safe to say that the bulk of you are as well. And here...
map of Falls Church in 1879

Maps of Falls Church in 1879

Who loves maps? We love maps! If you're in Falls Church, you're going to love these maps from 1879. The one below is a larger...