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Women at Western High School posing on an exercise device

Exercising at Western High School

These photos are all part of the Frances Benjamin Johnston at the Library of Congress and were taken in 1899. They depict women exercising at Western High School, which no longer exists, but the building now houses the Duke Ellington

Sister Beatrice, Superintendant of Providence Hospital in garden with another nun and St. Bernard dogs. c.1890. General Photograph Collection, HSW

Sisters and St. Bernard’s at Providence Hospital

What’s better than a photo of two nuns and a dog? Here’s a shot from somewhere in the 1890s of Sister Beatrice, the superintendent of Providence Hospital (learn about it here). Source: Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Aqueduct Bridge in 1898

Aqueduct Bridge in 1898

Avid GoDC commenter Mike, sent along this great shot of the old Aqueduct Bridge. It’s a really cool photograph from 1898, and in the foreground, you can see the Connecticut Pie Company wagon.

1891 map of street lamps

1891 Map of Washington’s Street Lamps

This is an interesting and unique map … probably not one you’ve seen before. It shows all the underground cables, mapped in 1891. At the time there were only 321 electric lamps, mostly along major thoroughfares, with close to 5,000

White House fence

Bizarre Suicide at the White House Fence

This is such a bizarre story, not unlike the horse that impaled itself on that same fence. This story was printed in the Baltimore Sun on October 11th, 1890. Washington, Oct. 10.–One of the most remarkable suicided ever known in

early map of Washington

Early Map of Washington and the Patawmack

That’s right, the Patawmack River, not the Potomac. Check out this cool map of what would become the City of Washington. It was done around 1893, near the city’s centennial. Source: Library of Congress

1894 map of D.C.

1894 Map of Washington and Surroundings

Here’s a good find from the National Archives. It’s a map of the D.C. area in 1894. Also, you’ll notice the Ulysses Grant Memorial Bridge, which was never built. Source: U.S. National Archives

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