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.

July 4th parade in Washington, DC

1919’s Fourth of July Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue

These great old photos we found shows the Fourth of July in our city way back in 1919. Source: Library of Congress

Dietz’s German Beer Hall on 7th Street

Long gone are the days of the German beer hall in D.C., though some would argue that Brickskeller (ahem, Bier Baron) remains as one of the better ones. Well, it was great back in the day...
Alexandria, VA as seen from the air in 1919

Alexandria Viewed From an Airplane in 1919

This fascinating old photograph shows Alexandria, as seen from the air, in 1919. Click on the image to see some incredible details. Source: Library of Congress
Evening star., March 15, 1913, Page 4

Chevy Chase 1913 Real Estate Advertisement

We love digging up old ads from the papers like this one showing some great old real estate in Chevy Chase. You could get a great home in upper northwest back then for $6,500. Using the...
Old Spanish Embassy at 1521 New Hampshire Ave. NW

Spanish Embassy on Dupont Circle in 1911

This photo of the old Spanish Embassy is from 1911, showing the building at 1521 New  Hampshire Ave. NW, just north of Dupont Circle. Click on it for better details. Source: Library of Congress Check it...
Meridian Hill Park in 1910s

Meridian Hill Park in 1920s

Meridian Hill Park is an amazing place to visit up 16th St. NW. Built in the 1910s, you can see some amazing photos here.
Washington, D.C. in the 1910s

Where is This in 1920s Washington?

Does anyone out there recognize where this photo was taken in 1910 the 1920s? Click on it for greater details and put you thoughts in the comments. Source: Library of Congress
Woodrow Wilson revived the tradition of the oral State of the Union address (1913)

Woodrow Wilson’s 1913 State of the Union

The last State of the Union was in 1800 by our second president, John Adams. Thomas Jefferson began the tradition of passing along the state of the union in writing to Congress, allegedly because he felt...
Advertisement for 1201 Clifton St. NW

1910 Ads for Clifton St. Homes in Columbia Heights

Here’s an old advertisement that we found in The Washington Times from Saturday, June 4th, 1910. It shows a row of homes on Clifton St. in Columbia Heights, recently finished, and for sale at $7,750. Source: Library of...

1911 Map of D.C. Streets and Highways

This old map shows the highways in and around Washington in 1911. Source: Library of Congress
Circa 1911. "Washington from Washington Monument." Points of interest in this panoramic view include B Street (today's Constitution Avenue), running diagonally from the Potomac Electric powerhouse at lower left; Louisiana Avenue, branching off in the general direction of Union Station at upper right; the Old Post Office and its clock tower at left-center across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Raleigh Hotel under construction; the Agriculture Department greenhouses in the foreground with a corner of the Smithsonian "National Museum" at far right, just below Center Market; Liberty Market at upper left, below what looks to be a vast tent encampment; and, at right-upper-center, the Pension Office north of Judiciary Square and the District Court House. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

Rare Aerial View of Washington in 1911

This is a photo that we haven’t seen before. It shows most of downtown D.C. in 1911 as seen from the air. Click on it to see the amazing details. Source: Shorpy

Amazing Aerial Mosaic of D.C. From 1918

What a cool old image of D.C. as seen from the air in 1918. Click on it for a larger version to see some incredible details. Source: Library of Congress
Bridge spanned the Potomac River from Georgetown to Rosslyn, Virginia and was demolished after construction of the Key Bridge

Cool Photo of Aqueduct Bridge in 1910

This cool old photo of Aqueduct Bridge shows what it looked like 105 years ago. Source: Dig DC
Street railways of the District of Columbia with proposed extensions : to accompany communication of March 20, 1912.

Streetcar System Map and Proposed Extensions in 1912

This is a map of the Washington streetcar system from 1912, definitely something that our friends at Greater Greater Washington will love. Make sure you click on this for a larger, detailed version. Source: Library of...
Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "World War I. Food Administration electric signs, 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue N.W." National Photo Co.

7th and Pennsylvania Lit Up During World War I

Check out this great old photo of 7th and Pennsylvania Ave. during World War I. Source: Flickr 
Washington, DC street scene on 17th St. near the White House, looking at

View of 17th St. and Renwick Gallery in 1918

In the distance, slightly blurry, is the Renwick Gallery. It’s been under renovation for a really long time, but it should be opening again this fall. Source: Library of Congress
Circa 1911, landmarks include, from left, Memorial Continental Hall (headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution); the Corcoran Gallery of Art; State, War and Navy Building; and White House West Wingtip. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Incredible Aerial View of State, War and Navy Building From Washington Monument in 1911

How amazing is this beautiful photo from 1911? Click on it for a much larger, detailed version. Source: Shorpy

1917 Film Footage of 180-Mile Journey Down Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

Check out this fascinating film footage of a trip down the C&O Canal.
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