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homes between 1222 & 1232 Irving St. NW (Washington Times)

Different Styles of Architecture Favored by Washington Builders

There was a real estate and building boom in Washington early in the 1900s. And when money flows into the market like that from countless speculators, they try to stand out from the rest by providing...

Lincoln Strangely Forgotten by Visitors to Washington

The city and the nation was about to celebrate Lincoln’s 98th birthday when the Washington Times published a feature on how visitors seemed to have completely forgotten the fallen president. A generation had passed since Abe...
State, War, and Navy Building late 19th century by William Henry Jackson

Incredible Photo of State, War, Navy Building

This is an incredible photo that needs no commentary. It was taken by William Henry Jackson some time near the end of the 19th century. I came across this on a cool photo archive site Photographium....
1907 Baist real estate atlas of 14th and Monroe St. NW

Epicenter of Macabre Tragedy in 1906: 14th and Monroe in Columbia Heights

I came across a very sad article in the Washington Post the other day. This is from September 2nd, 1906 and given that a large number of GoDCers have demonstrated their interest in the macabre and...
The New Corcoran Gallery (Washington Times)

Three Random Facts About the Corcoran Gallery

Tragedy! I was tipped off by DCist that the Corcoran Gallery might be leaving the District for Alexandria?! Wow, that would be bad. Say it ain’t so. And who is in the market to buy a big...

Ban Growlers of Beer; Leads to Streets of Vicious Boys and Girls

Ha! How’s this for irony? Back in 1905, District authorities were fighting to ban growlers in the city, claiming that access to excessively cheap beer was damaging to society as a whole. Three interest groups, the...
Falls Church today (Wikipedia)

Falls Church: Washington’s Quaint Suburb

Below is the great opening paragraph of an article from the Washington Times. “Hello, central. Gimme Leesburg.” “Leesburg? O. K. There you are.” The central office which really places you in communications with Leesburg is situated...
The Kenesaw a view from the northeast (Flickr user: parkview dc)

The Kenesaw: Fine New Structure Goes Up in Mt. Pleasant

It’s still amusing to me when the papers refer to anything north of Boundary St. (i.e., Florida Avenue) as the suburbs. I came across an article in the Washington Times from 1906, highlighting some new construction...
Deanwood in the 1907 Baist Real Estate Atlas (Library of Congress)

Three Things About Deanwood

Last week, we did a quick post on Fort Lincoln Heights. Now, I’d like to focus a little more on Deanwood, the former neighborhood of both Nannie Helen Burroughs and Marvin Gaye. 1. Before the Deanwood...
1320 Florida Ave. NE - the Sprinkle family home

They Were Neighbors: Officer Sprinkle Lived Here

To satisfy your hunger for more Officer Sprinkle, I took a look into where he lived in 1900. At the time, he was 34 years old, had been married to his wife Teresa for 10 years...
White House north view - 1901 (Library of Congress)

White House Renovation Is Not Pleasing; Historic Lines Lost, Texas Steers’ Heads for Decorations

Teddy Roosevelt moved into the White House and made some changes that rocked the boat. The Executive Mansion was getting pretty cramped with the expanding needs of the president’s staff. Below is an article from the...
Police call box at 13 1/2 and D St. NW in 1912 (Wikipedia)

Old Police Call Boxes of Washington

Most of you probably walk right by those old police boxes scattered throughout the city. Some of them have been turned into miniature art exhibits — like the ones in Mt. Pleasant. Check out the video...
Think It Over, Mr. Careless Husband advertisement in the Washington Times - September 26th, 1911

Think It Over, Mr. Careless Husband

Check out this ridiculously anachronistic advertisement from 1906. The one above, and below are, for gas ranges by S.S. Shedd and Brothers located at 432 9th St. NW (now where the FBI building stands). Related articles...
Arnold's India Pale Ale advertisement in the Washington Times - December 16th, 1906

Arnold’s India Pale Ale: The Invalid. The Convalescent. The Entirely Well. It Does Them All Good.

Who doesn’t like a good IPA these days? I found this simple ad for Arnold’s India Pale Ale in the Washington Times. Back in 1906, Charles Jacobsen was the owner of Arlington Bottling Company, located at...
Christian Heurich Brewing Company advertisement in the Washington Times - June 24th, 1904

A Prescription for Beer

Who wouldn’t want a doctor to prescribe them beer? What an excellent doctor, promoting the “appetizing, nourishing, strengthening, and general upbuilding results” of delicious beer. Related articles Budweiser: Palatable, Healthful, Nutritious. Instrinsically Good. (ghostsofdc.org) A Suicide and...

Robinson and Company: Headquarters for the Best Things Suburban

Here is an excellent old advertisement from the Washington Times real estate section. This is way back in 1906. Click on the ad to read it close up. Related articles Congress Heights: The Healthiest and Most...
Walter Johnson in 1907

19-Year-Old Phenom Debuts For Washington: Walter Johnson

Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg and now Bryce Harper. We have had some serious players groomed in the Nationals organization over the last several years. I love these guys, but none of them compare to the granddaddy...

Five-Year-Old Arrested for Getting His Kite Out of Tree

This is an odd story from the Washington Times. The paper reported on August 11th, 1908 the arrest of a young five-year-old. Yes, a little kid was arrested and it’s a bizarre story. Not only was...