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.

Washington branch office of Ford - current location of the Canadian Embassy

What Did D.C. Look Like in 1916?

Here are some great images shared with us by GoDCer Adam. These are from Ford Motor Company’s archives showing Washington around 1916.
bible advertisement in the Washington Herald (January 10th, 1918)

The President’s Own Message on the Bible

Separation of church and state? We’ve always had issues in this country. Check out this advertisement from 1918. Source: Library of Congress
wireless operators advertisement - 1918

World War I Draft: Wireless Operators Needed

Source: Library of Congress Here’s a cool advertisement from World War I. This was printed in the Washington Herald on February 15th, 1918.
advertisement for The Birth of a Nation

The Most Glorious American Epic: The Birth of a Nation

Here’s a fascinating article from the Washington Times, printed on April 22nd, 1916. For those of you unfamiliar with The Birth of a Nation, it’s a crazy racist film which was banned in a number of...
3926-3928 Morrison St. NW

3926-3928 Morrison Street NW in 1919

Photos like this are great. Look at the old homes on Morrison Street back then and check out the Google Street View today. Also, check out how the streets used to be dirt roads. Source: Library...

Laying The Cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial

Here are a couple great photographs from the cornerstone laying of the Lincoln Memorial. The ceremony was held on February 15th, 1915.  
Washington Times - July 28th, 1914

July 28th, 1914: Austria Has Chosen War

This is the front page of the Washington Times from Tuesday evening, July 28th, 1914, the day Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Source: Library of Congress
Frances Benjamin Johnston seated with three other people in automobile

Frances Benjamin Johnston in a Car

Here’s a cool photo from the early 20th century. It shows the famed photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston in an old automobile with three others. Source: Library of Congress
Washington Monument Fourth of July celebrations 1919

July 4th, 1919 Celebration at the Washington Monument

This is a great old photograph of the crowd at the base of the Washington Monument, celebrating the Fourth of July. Source: Library of Congress
Sunday. 7 yr. old news-boy, without a badge, who tried to "short-change" me when he sold me a paper. "He can rustle de poipers"another boy said. William Parralla, 313 Second St., S.W.

Amazing Photo of Young Paper Boy on Pennsylvania Avenue

What an incredible photograph this is. It shows a little 7-year-old newsboy trying to sell newspapers. The caption listed at the Library of Congress is also amusing. The photo was taken in April 1912, the same...
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