Tag: 1900s

1904 Columbia Heights Real Estate Ad

Check out this great old advertisement from The Evening Star back in 1904. It shows a number of great properties for sale in then-new Columbia Heights,...
Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Childs Restaurant, 1423 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Horse Dealers Claim Automobiles a Fad

This is a great old article that we dug up in The Washington Post from May 14th, 1900. We see this same ignorance or protectionist...
The President's 40-horsepower White Model M steam-powered touring car. March 1909. Photographed on the White House grounds in the early days of the Taft administration. In the back is the State Department, now the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. George Grantham Bain Collection.

U.S. Senate Imposes 50 Percent Tariff on Foreign Cars

No more foreign cars! They're an abomination and a detriment to our economy ... and society at large. Or so said many nearly 110...
Wright Brothers plane over Ft. Myer in Arlington - 1909

Wright Brothers Fly Over Fort Myer in 1909

We posted another piece about this event a while back. This is a much higher resolution image from the event at Fort Myer. Source: Library of...
Lord Fairfax House

Then and Now View of Lord Fairfax House in Alexandria

Here's a great photo of the Lord Fairfax House at 607 Cameron Street in Alexandria. By the way, Lord Fairfax was the Baron of...
Washington, D.C., circa 1906. "Senator George P. Wetmore, Rhode Island."

Can You Identify This 1906 Building?

Whoa, how cool is this old colorized photo. You're looking at a "horseless carriage" back in 1906. The passenger is Senator George P. Wetmore...

Incredible 1904 Photo of the Willard Hotel

This is one of the best photos we've uncovered in quite a while. Click on it for more. This is the new Willard Hotel around...
1903 map of area around today's World Bank

The Area Around the World Bank in 1903

Thanks for the great opportunity to speak at the World Bank today. I gave the room a sneak peek at this map today and...

Stunning Old Raleigh Hotel, Lost Forever

You're going to love this amazing photo of a long-lost building in our city. You're looking at the old Raleigh Hotel, formerly located at...

Early 1900s Wisconsin Ave. Real Estate

You could hand your own piece of Wisconsin Avenue real estate for only $50 down back in 1908. Not a bad deal!
House Chamber of the Capitol circa 1908, with a quorum of ghosts in this time exposure.

Photo of U.S. House of Representatives When Laws Were Once Passed

This photo shows the old United States House of Representatives in a time when laws were passed, senators would verbally spar on the floor, and spend the...

Tennallytown in 1903

What ... did I spell this incorrectly? Nope, but you should checkout this post about the history of the neighborhood's name. This map shows the...

1903 Map of National Mall’s East End

Okay, it's been a really long time since we posted anything. Life gets busy when you have Ghost Toddler and a new Ghost Baby....

Never Built Hamilton Circle at Massachusetts and Idaho

Wait, Hamilton Circle? Do you know where that is? Probably not, because it was never completed. The neighborhood surrounding the circle was once dubbed Fairview...
Evening star., May 07, 1904

1904 Capitol Hill Real Estate Ad

This cool old advertisement from 1904 shows some homes at 11th and D St. NE for sale. It looks like each building...
The Washington times., May 31, 1903, Magazine Features

Chevy Chase: Premier Among Washington Suburbs

This great old advertisement from The Washington Times was printed in 1913. Click on it for some great details and read through the copy. Source: Library...
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Orville Wright’s Flight Record at Fort Myer in 1909

On July 27th, 1909, Orville Wright sets the flight duration record at Ft. Myer. The flight was over 40 miles with an average speed...
The view south from the top of the Washington Monument. Ice covers half of the Tidal Basin

What Did It Look Like Before the Jefferson Memorial?

Check out this great photo from 1908. The Jefferson Memorial wasn't completed until 1943, so this is what the area looked like for another...
1909 map of the Palisades

Great 1909 Map of the Palisades

Mrs. Ghost, Ghost Baby, and I spent a nice Saturday afternoon celebrating a birthday at a lovely home in the Palisades. The two parents...

1904 Map of Entire Washington, D.C. Area

This map is amazing with the amount of details. Click on it to zoom in. It's from 1904. Source: Library of Congress
Washington Post headline

Shots End Alexandria Saloon Brawl

The sub headline for this article was "Walter Bryant Hurls Beer Bottle and Edward Bryant Uses Pistol." Who do you think won that fight? We...