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Rambler Bicycles advertisement in the Washington Times - July 31st, 1895

Rambler Bicycles Use the Fastest Tires on Earth

This city loves bikes … okay, a few angry drivers hate bikes, but they should work through those issues. WABA is a huge local advocate for our region, pushing for the greener form of transportation. Capital...
Chevy Chase Circle (Wikipedia)

Three Things That Happened At Chevy Chase Circle

We haven’t done a “Three Things…” post in a while, so let’s go to the far reaches of the District, up to the Maryland line, and talk about some things you didn’t know happened there long...
Lieutenant J. L. Sprinkle

Officer Sprinkle Breaks Up Street Brawl

Here’s a daily dose of DCPD badass Officer Sprinkle. Do not mess with this guy. He means business. Also, this sounds like a little bit of a salacious love triangle. The following story was published in...

Weller’s Pharmacy: Capitol Hill’s Connection to the Knights Templar

Here’s a great photo from Shorpy. This is the inside of Weller’s Pharmacy, located at 755 8th St. SE. Franklin Pierce Weller was a long serving druggist on Capitol Hill, starting in the 1890s, operating his...
Alligators in their enclosure in the original Animal House, also known as the Carnivora House, which opened in 1892 and was the first permanent building at the National Zoological Park. The alligators are housed in the "temporary" wooden wing of the structure (Smithsonian)

Proposed National Zoo in Rock Creek Park

We are a great nation and Americans in the 1880s were proud of their rapidly growing and dominant country. But how can you truly be a great nation without a national zoo to show off all...
Illustration of Mr. Hammond's hair loss (Washington Times)

Why Bother Shaving? X-Ray Away Your Unwanted Hair

This is clearly not sound medical advice, but this is a humorous article I dug up in the Washington Times. It’s from December 2nd, 1896. “The X-rays won’t take out hair, won’t they?” asked W. B....
White House Easter Egg Roll (1898)

The White House Easter Egg Roll

This is a guest post by Rick. The White House website currently carries this message: On Monday April 9, 2012, the First Family will host the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme...
Antique bottle of gin

A Quart of Gin Leads to Death

I haven’t posted a crazy story in a while, so here is one from November 14th, 1893. I found this in the Washington Post. In a spirit of bravado Saturday afternoon, George H. Shorter, a laborer...
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar. Photo credit: Jennifer Kolansky

If Walls Could Talk: Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

Last week’s winner of the “If Walls Could Talk” poll was Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar. They altered the look and feel of the tavern-heavy block of Pennsylvania between 2nd and 3rd St. SE and have...
National Union Building (Wikipedia)

If Walls Could Talk: The New LivingSocial Live Events Center

I came across a great idea while reading Prince of Petworth’s post on LivingSocial yesterday. The DC-based company just opened up their “live events center” in a building at 918 F St. NW, which was the...
Eastern High School (1910)

If Walls Could Talk: Eastern High School

I thought it would be a good to branch out and do a on Eastern High School (check them out on Facebook) near RFK Stadium. It’s a beautiful building at 1700 East Capitol St. NE, originally...
Palisades of the Potomac (1890)

Palisades of the Potomac (1890)

Here’s a nice old advertisement for the new development in the western half of Washington called the “Palisades of the Potomac.” The advertisement was created by the Palisades of the Potomac Land Improvement Company in June...
Queen Liliuokalani, last royal ruler of Hawaii (1917)

Hawaiian ex-Queen Liliʻuokalani Comes to Washington

This might be the most unique ideas for a post that I have come up with thus far. Hopefully you will agree and enjoy reading it. I love Hawaii (who doesn’t?) and over the years I’ve...
Popular Lieutenant Sprinkle of the 5th precinct (1914)

Officer Sprinkle: Captured Geronimo, Accused Bootlegger, and Bodyguard to President Wilson

A couple of reader comments about an Officer Sprinkle in this earlier post piqued my interest in finding out a little more about the guy who has the kind of name you’d give to a cat....

Two Plumbers and a Plasterer Go Looking for Trouble and Find It (1895)

Swampoodle sounds like an area filled with some tough blue-collar dudes. Here’s a little column I found in the Post from January 21st, 1895 about three locals, boozing until the wee hours of the morning. Two...

If Walls Could Talk: Corte Salon and Arzo Boutique

My wife is a huge fan of Corte Salon and she convinced me to start going there a couple of years ago … and I have to say, it’s definitely the best haircut I’ve ever had....

Bystanders Whipped the Brutal Fellow (1892)

I’m doing a little early morning research and this one from January 11th, 1892 caught my eye. Frank Rowler, a messenger boy, was assaulted in Crowley’s oyster house, on the Avenue, late Saturday night, by a...

The Georgetown to Glen Echo Trolley

Here’s another cool old streetcar video. This is the The Washington & Great Falls Electric Railway line (“Cabin John Trolley”) from Georgetown. Disclaimer: the music is horribly cheesy, so you might want to mute it. Here’s...