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.

The Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng. March 3, 2013, was an important day in women’s history, yet it went virtually unnoticed in the public eye. Before women gained the right to vote nationwide...
Old Post Office in 1911

Old Post Office Pavilion Through Fog

Here’s a slightly spooky, yet beautiful photo showing the Old Post Office through a snowy, foggy night in 1911. It’s labeled June 5th, but clearly it didn’t snow then. I’m guessing that was when the photo...
Pullman autos are extremely rare. They were mass produced between 1905 and 1917 but less than 30 are known to still exist today.

What Did 4th and G St. Look Like in 1912?

Check out this great find from Flickr. This shows a series of Pullman autos in front of 445 G St. NW in 1912. Source: William Creswell
Heurich Brewery in 1910

Photo of Heurich Brewery in 1910

This is a great old photo of the Heurich Brewery, taken in 1910. The brewery stood on the current site of the Kennedy Center. Source: Library of Congress
Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Street scene, 15th and G Streets near Riggs National Bank." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Awesome 1919 Street Scene on 15th Street

Photos like this can suck up an hour of my time. I just love looking at these. Click on it for a larger version. This shows a scene at 15th and Pennsylvania in 1919. In the...
Columbia Heights homes

Recognize These 1912 Columbia Heights Homes?

Here is an ad from The Evening Star printed on Saturday, September 14th, 1912 (seven weeks later Woodrow Wilson was elected president — and he banned inaugural balls). Any thoughts on where these homes are today? According...
F Street in the 1910s - Harris & Ewing

Beautiful Photo of F Street in 1910s

This is an incredible old photo of F Street some time in the mid-1910s. Source: Library of Congress Check out this great photo of F Street from 1970, this image from 1817, this one showing the old post office...
front facade of the Whitelaw

Hotel for Colored People Completed

We came across this headline in The Evening Star, printed on November 22nd, 1919. It announced the completion of The Whitelaw Hotel (Wikipedia) at 13th and T St., NW. It’s a beautiful historic apartment building which still...
Connecticut Avenue Highlands advertisement in 1910

1910 Ad for Connecticut Ave. Highlands (Cleveland Park)

Here’s a cool old advertisement for Connecticut Avenue Highlands, now known as Cleveland Park. Click on the ad for a larger version to read the details. Source: Library of Congress Check out more of out awesome...
Interior view of Center Market showing the interior architecture of the market, a variety of stalls, blurred people, and signs reading "THIS MARKET OPEN EVERY WEEK DAY" and "LADIES' WAITING ROOM LADIES'... 7th St. WING TAKE ELEVATOR."

Have You Seen the Inside of Center Market in 1910?

This is so cool. This is what shopping was like over 100 years ago here in Washington. This shows Center Market on the inside, taken November 23rd, 1910. By the way, the Mexican Revolution started just...
June 28, 1919. "Motor Truck Parade, Pennsylvania Avenue." Held on Motor Transportation Day under the auspices of the Washington Automotive Trade Association. At left we have another appearance on these pages by a Witt-Will conveyance. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Trucks Driving Down Pennsylvania Avenue in 1919

Here’s a great old photo of trucks on parade, going down Pennsylvania Ave. towards the White House. Click on it for a larger version. Source: Shorpy Fair weather, it is promised by the weather man, will...
Model-T and Bosworth

Can You Identify This Location?

We need the collective help of all GoDCers. A note from GoDCer Jeff (including his friend Alan), included the photo and note below. Hello Ghosts of DC: The building on the left of this photo may...
View of 5 Dupont Circle NW where President William H. Taft once lived. FOR RENT signs are taped into the first floor windows. Image also includes partial views of 4 and 6 Dupont Circle.

President Taft’s Former Home on Dupont Circle

Here’s a terrific old photo of former President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft’s home on Dupont Circle. The photo was taken in 1913 and is situated on the north side of the circle. Sadly, the...
Washington, D.C., circa 1911. "Georgetown basketball." Our second look at the Georgetown Preparatory School JV squad. Harris & Ewing.

Georgetown Prep JV Basketball in 1911

Check out these great old team photos of Georgetown Prep’s JV basketball team from 1911. Awesome uniforms. Source: Shorpy Source: Shorpy Here’s the team photo for the current season. Looks pretty much the same right? Source:...
This is a bulldog. Not Queen.

Wild Dog, Potomac Parkway Terror, Shot and Killed

This is probably not something you would see today. At least, let’s hope not. We came across the headline “Wild Dog of Potomac Slain” in The Washington Post from July 28th, 1913. Below is the article. “Queen,”...

Cuban War Mission Visits D.C.

Here is a photo from 1917 showing the Cuban War Mission to the United States. Source: Library of Congress
View from Pennsylvania Avenue NW looking east towards the buildings on the east side of 15th Street as well as the southeast corner of 15th and G Streets. Streetcars and horses and wagons are on streets.

15th and G St. NW in 1911

I’m trying to make out where this is today. 15th, Pennsylvania, and G St. don’t really intersect. Can you help out and add your ideas below in the comments? I think we’re looking down Pennsylvania, to...
7th and G St. in 1911

7th and G St. in the Summer of 1911

What a cool old photo of 7th and G St. NW in 1911. Source: Dig DC
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