1870s

Photo of Lower Georgia Avenue in 1870s

Here’s a great photo that we found on Park View DC. Of course it wasn’t called Georgia Avenue then, so read up on the history of the road too. Check out their post to read a...
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 Konetidy for sharing this with us via email. Because this photo is...

Last Mayor of Washington City, Matthew G. Emery

Before the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871, the District of Columbia had separate local municipalities, including Georgetown and the City of Washington (i.e., Old City below what is now Florida Ave.). Outside of those...
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 advertisement for Clyde’s New Express Line (not related to Clyde’s the restaurant...
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 and you can have 1523 P St. for a cool $1,085,000....
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 asked his opinion about Georgetown’s prospects had the city of Washington not...
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 some other proposals evaluated. Below are two drawings of the proposed library...
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 of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park. We dug this interesting piece up...
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 and see how great they are. Fascinating old history of the Naval...
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, and it’s amazing that this building is still standing and in use...
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, it was designed by noted architect Adolph Cluss in 1873. It also...
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 little light on poor Rutherford, even if he didn’t think the telephone...
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 1879. GoDCer Tim is going to love this.

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 rural at any point, but checking out this map, you can see that much...