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.

Senator Henry F. Ashurst between 1910-1915 (Library of Congress)

Neophyte Arizona Senator Calls For Acquisition of Mexican Territory

This has less to do with the history of our city, but everything to do with the (almost) history of our nation. Arizona had been admitted to the union only a few years earlier in 1912...
Wreck at Massachusetts Ave. and 21st St. in 1917 (Shorpy)

Car Flattened Near Dupont – Another Look

I came across another angle for the nasty wreck at Mass Ave and 21st St. NW. I posted about this a few months ago with a look at the corner today from Google Street View. Look...

Here is Your Xmas Present, Father, a Box of Drumstick Stogies

What a great ad. This was from December 21st, 1911 in the Washington Times. Also, it looks like the dog is super psyched that dad received stogies for Christmas. Everything about this advertisement is awesome. Related...

Budweiser: Palatable, Healthful, Nutritious. Instrinsically Good.

Here’s a cool advertisement for Budweiser in the Washington Times. This is from 1917 and what’s interesting, of course, is that the sale of alcoholic beverages would be banned the following year with the beginning of...

1918 Chevy Chase Real Estate Ad

The Chevy Chase post last week was quite popular, so I’ll add another one for the neighborhood. I came across an article in the Washington Times from December 14th, 1918, only a month after Armistice Day...
Colorado Building at 14th and G St. NW

The Crazy Family Problems of Real Estate Man William Matteson

Initially, this was going to be part of the previous post about Cathedral Highlands, but it was too good. This deserves it’s own post. Trust me when I say this is crazy. We learned from the...
Cathedral Highlands advertisement in the Washington Herald - June 23rd, 1907

Move to Cathedral Highlands: An Unobstructed View of the Entire Surrounding Country

It’s been a little while since we’ve done a “Reader’s Choice” post, so this one is for GoDCer Samantha, who tweeted the request to do something on Cathedral Heights. I also haven’t really done anything about that...
Lusitania sinking off the coast of Ireland (Ken Marschall)

1915 Lusitania Advertisement in Washington Post

This is another haunting discover, much like the advertisement I uncovered for the Titanic (also, read about the notable DC resident that went down with that ship). I came across an advertisement in the Washington Post...
Capitol Building after World War I Armistace Day (DC Public Library Commons)

Washington Goes Wild to Celebrate Armistice Signing (1918)

Here’s an excellent photo from the DC Public Library Flickr photostream. This shows the Capitol Building fully lit up following announcement of the end of World War I. The end of the Great War has lost...
Teddy Roosevelt on horseback (History.com)

Teddy Roosevelt Whips Young Lady Passing Him on Horseback

Now, I will quickly caveat this as being unconfirmed, but I am merely surfacing an interesting old story from the Baltimore Sun. This was printed on May 13th, 1912. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SUN–Sir: Sometime...

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...
Inside the District jail during Christmas around 1920 (Library of Congress)

Herbert Copeland: The Last Person Hanged in D.C.

A brief article tells the tale of the last execution by hanging in the District. Copeland was a cop killer and had murdered three policemen in cold blood in May 1918. He shot and killed Officer...
Statue of Duke Ellington outside Howard Theatre

The Original Opening Night at the Howard Theatre

“Over one thousand of Washington’s elite attending opening performance … Audience one of the most brilliant ever seen at theatre in nation’s capital … best appointed theatre of its kind in the country.” These are quotes...
Napoleon Bonaparte painting

If Walls Could Talk: Napoleon Relatives Lived on K Street?

You read that correctly. As in Napoleon Bonaparte … that is, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte III, the great-grandson of Jerome Bonaparte, Napoleon’s youngest brother. Oh, Jerome III was also the great-grandson of Daniel Webster. Impressive lineage. What...
Franklin MacVeagh in 1909 (Wikipedia)

All Ideas of Beauty and Order Are Forgotten in the Suburbs

Secretary of the Treasury Franklin MacVeagh was a man that appreciated beauty and the aesthetics of architecture. He was also a clear supporter of urban planning with an eye towards maintaining or enhancing the appeal of...
Old Masonic Temple building (via Jacqueline Drayer)

A “Bomb” is Found and Officer Sprinkle Saves the Day

Once again, our favorite hero has come to the rescue. This tale from the annals of Officer Sprinkle dates back to July 1st, 1914. The Washington Post reported a story about an explosive device found in...
O Street pumping station (JDLand)

Three Things About the O Street Pumping Station

Your second major stop on the WABA “Down the Tubes” bicycle ride on Sunday is going to be the O Street Pumping Station, down by the Navy Yard. This is a beautiful old Beaux-Arts building from...
Walter Reed Army Hospital flu ward circa 1919 (Shorpy)

Children Across D.C. Left Orphaned by Spanish Flu

I was researching a couple of stories and I came across an article that was so sad that I had to share it with you. It’s from the Washington Times on October 19th, 1918. The world was...
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