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Posted In 1880s

Frederick Douglass in 1881
Frederick Douglass: A Self-Made Man and Advocate for Equal Education in Washington
Frederick Douglass was a self-made man and advocate for equal education in Washington. He served on the Board of Trustees for Howard University for 25 years, giving speeches and raising money to help the students. Read about his impact and legacy.
Baltimore Sun - Letter From Washington
Violence on the Streets of Old Anacostia - A Letter From Washington in 1886
This post recounts a letter from Washington, D.C. in 1886 discussing the violence on the streets of Anacostia. Reports and perceptions of violence and criminality in Anacostia are over-rated and have a history.
Independent Ice Co. advertisement in The Evening Critic - May 6th, 1885
Ice Harvesting in Maine: A Look at a Booming 19th and Early 20th Century Industry
Explore the history of ice harvesting in Maine in the 19th and 20th centuries. Learn about the Independent Ice Company, their customers, and the industry's eventual demise with the arrival of the refrigerator.
Exploring the Charlatanism of Dr. Clark Johnson and His Indian Blood Syrup
Explore the life of Dr. Clark Johnson, a charlatan who sold the miracle cure-all Indian Blood Syrup. See pictures of old bottles, read instructions and more!
1880s pen knife
The Crazy Night of a Pen Knife, a Pitcher and a Printer on Pennsylvania Avenue, 1884
A wild night on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1884: a printer, his wife and a penknife. Read the full story of the fight, the loving kiss, and the pitcher and penknife that followed, on GhostsofDC.org.
Sanborn fire insurance map circa 1903
Petworth: From Rural to Hipsters – Exploring the History of this DC Neighborhood
Explore the history of Petworth, DC, from its country estates and ancient city to its recent development as a hipster neighborhood. Read this blog for fun facts and more!
Murder Bay in 1855 (Smithsonian)
Where Was Murder Bay in Washington, DC?
If you’re the kind of person that thinks walking home from Wonderland is sketchy, needs bars on your windows in Eckington or believes Petworth is a “fringe” neighborhood, you wouldn’t stand a chance in Murder Bay.
Washington Monument under construction
The Fascinating History of the Washington Monument and Its Construction
Dive into the fascinating history of the Washington Monument and its construction, which began on July 4th, 1848 and was finally completed in 1885. Learn why the bottom third of the monument has a different color.
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The Waller-Stuart Wedding of 1887: Daughter of Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart Weds in Staunton, VA
Learn about the wedding of Virginia Pelham Stuart, daughter of Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart, to Robert Page Waller in Staunton, VA in 1887.

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