1910s

What was Washington, D.C. like in the 1910s? Take a look at our great posts with stories, people, photos, and history about the District from the twenties.

Walter Reed Army Hospital flu ward circa 1919 (Shorpy)

Spanish Influenza and the D.C. Media in 1918

We live in strange times. Nobody alive today has memories of the last public health crisis of this magnitude to hit Washington. That was back in 1918 when the Spanish Flu decimated cities and towns across...

Sixteenth Street Heights Map in 1910

This old map shows Sixteenth Street Heights real estate plots laid out in 1910.

The Last New Year’s Eve Before Prohibition

It’s really hard to believe, but the year 2020 is nearly upon us. I suspect the denizens of Washington, D.C. on December 31st, 1919 felt the same way about 1920 approaching. It’s entirely likely that they...

1915 Map of Racially Segregated D.C. Schools

This 1915 map shows the segregated schools of Washington. Integration wouldn't begin until 1954.

Stunning Colorized Photo of Old Post Office

This is the lovely old Post Office Pavilion, which now stands as the Trump Hotel, though potentially being sold.
World War I - doughboys

World War I “Bombing” on Wisconsin Ave.

We shared an map of American University and Camp Leach from World War I when it was used to test chemical weapons. Many don’t know the extent of chemical warfare experiment that were conducted on and...
Camp Leach 1918

Camp Leach: When Chemical Weapons Were Made at American University

Many don’t know that the U.S. military began its chemical weapons program on the grounds of today’s American University in upper northwest D.C. Nearly 100,000 employees worked at Camp Leach during World War I. Looking at...

Western High School in 1919

Back then it was called Western High School. Washington had that school north of Georgetown, Eastern High School near Capitol Hill and Central High School just north of U St.

Trump Hotel in 1919

Here is the lovely Old Post Office Pavilion, currently the Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave.

Georgetown University Dorm Life Circa 1913

This is from the Georgetown University archives showing a group of young men gathered in a dorm room in 1913.