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1880s

Washington Monument Under Construction in 1883

Washington Monument under construction with U.S. Fish Commission hatching ponds in the foreground and Bureau of Engraving and Printing building in the background.

1892 Map of Smallpox, Cholera, and Measles Deaths

What is a zympotic disease? This is a map of deaths due to this disease in 1892. Find out what that means.

1888 Map of Lung Disease Death

What a sad map of the District. This shows the deaths in Washington from lung disease in 1888.

1890s Map of Diarrhea Deaths in Washington

This is one of the more bizarre maps that we’ve uncovered. It certainly demonstrates how different the times were with such a high incidence of death due to diarrhea in the 19th century. Sanitation...

Adams Morgan Map From 1888

Adams Morgan didn’t exist in 1888. Back then it was called Washington Heights as many of the other uptown destinations began their lives similarly: Cleveland Heights, Friendship Heights, Massachusetts Avenue Heights. If you’re curious...

“Quite Pretty” Wife Catches “Fairly Good-Looking” Husband With Woman

A scene was enacted just outside the National Theatre last night at the close of the performance which may end in a divorce suit.
Cleveland Heights - 1889

1889 Cleveland Park Real Estate Ad

At the time, Grover Cleveland lived north of the city in a lovely old estate called Oak Hill. Eventually, the neighborhood that grew up around his home was named for him: "Cleveland Park".
White House image from the 1880s

Stunning 1880s Photo of the White House

You have to see this amazing old photo of the White House. This is a view of the President’s Mansion from the south. Source: Library of Congress
Photo shows a man and a boy in summer straw hats happily displaying some unidentifiable papers on F Street, with the Treasury and a new electric hooded arc streetlight in the background. One of a series of scenes near Painter's office at 14th and E streets, this picture bears the hallmarks of the new "snapshot" style now made possible by the invention of the quick, hand-held Kodak: natural smiles and the movement of the ladies under the umbrella.

Photo of Man and Boy Outside Treasury in 1885

Check out this great old photo from 1885. Source: Library of Congress