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Rediscovering 1938 Washington, D.C.'s Waterfront
Step back to June 1938 in Washington, D.C. - a resilient city facing the Great Depression. Explore its vibrant waterfront, frozen in time.
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Capturing History from Above: Washington, D.C. Street Scene in 1939
This blog post examines a photograph of Washington, D.C. taken from a building near the Lotus Club in 1939. The image depicts a street scene showing streetcars crossing at 14th Street and New York Avenue, providing a unique aerial perspective of the city during that era. The post reflects on the historical significance of the photograph, serving as a time capsule of the past and a reminder of the rich...
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Revisiting Streetcar Life in Washington, DC: A Look Back at Life in 1943
What was it like riding the streetcars of Washington on the 1940s? Take a look at this series of great old photos.
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A Brief History of Brunch in D.C.
What is the history of brunch in Washington? The word dates back to 1895 and started appearing the the local papers in the early 20th century. Are you hungry?
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Children of the Depression in 1930s Georgetown
Great series of photos of poorer sections of Georgetown in the 1930s, taken by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration.
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Traffic Photos From July 1936
Great old photos showing traffic in Washington back in 1936. Check out Pennsylvania Avenue and 15th Street jammed up with streetcars, automobiles and pedestrians.
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Prohibition Officer Charged With Drunk Driving
A rum squad MPD prohibition officer was arrested for drunk driving in 1930. Isn't it ironic? Don't you think?
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Petworth in the 1930s
This lovely old photo of Washington shows the Petworth neighorhood from the air in the 1930s. Any idea where this is in Petworth? Also, for those in Petworth who thumb their nose at the suburban dwellers or Washington, living in "cookie-cutter homes, take a look at the origins of Petworth. Everything looks the same.
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A Look Back at Garfinckel's and the Treasury Building near The Hamilton in DC
Explore the history of Garfinckel's, an iconic department store near the Treasury Building in DC. Learn how the building is now home to The Hamilton and see a photo of the street crossing in front of Garfinckel's.
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Exploring the Aerial Views of National Airport in Arlington Before Pearl Harbor
Explore the fascinating old image of the aerial view of National Airport in Arlington, Virginia before Pearl Harbor in 1941. Read more to discover this historic sight!
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This Amazing Old Photograph of 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. Will Blow Your Mind
This amazing old photograph of the intersection of 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., where the Willard Hotel sits, has some amazing details. Click to see them and be blown away!
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View of National Archive Site Construction in 1932
This lovely old image shows the site of the National Archives early in the construction process. It was taken on July 1st, 1932.
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Revealed: Rare Photo of National Archives Building Before Its Construction in the 1930s
Explore the fascinating history of the National Archives building through a rare photo taken before its construction in the 1930s. Discover the building's original design and learn how it was transformed into the iconic structure that houses some of America's most important documents today.
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Exploring Southwest D.C. Through This Old Photo From the 1930s and 1940s
Take a look back in time at Southwest D.C. in the 1930s & 1940s through this old photograph. See how the area has changed since then and explore the 1927 Baist map of the area.
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The Washington Monument in 1933: A Spectacularly Illuminated Photograph
View a spectacularly illuminated photograph of the Washington Monument in 1933. Click the photo for some great details on the Nation's Capital during this time!
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A Fascinating Look at Washington DC in 1935: The Intersection of 13th and F St. NW
Take a step back in time and explore Washington DC in 1935. This fascinating photograph shows the intersection of 13th and F St. NW. Click on it for greater details!
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A Look Back at a 1932 Parade in Washington, D.C.
Take a look back in time with these two photos of a 1932 parade in Washington, D.C. from the Library of Congress. See what the city looked like almost 90 years ago!
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Can You Identify This Parking Lot in DC from 1938?
Take a look at this old photo taken in 1938 of a parking lot in DC. Can you identify where this is? Join the GoDC community and add your thoughts in the comments.
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A Look Back at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Circa 1931
Take a look back at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. circa 1931. See the traffic lights, traffic-cop gazebo, and streetcar switch tower in this amazing old photo. Source: Shorpy.
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A Look Back in Time – President Herbert Hoover with Boys and Girls at the White House
Take a look back in time with this cool old photo showing President Herbert Hoover with a large group of boys and girls at the White House. Source: Shorpy.
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Exploring Walter Johnson's Post-Baseball Life Through Hunting Dogs
Dive into the post-baseball life of Washington hero and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Walter Johnson, through his involvement with hunting dogs. Learn where his 130-acre farm near Germantown was located and more!
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Why Is It Named Federal Triangle?
Do you know the origin of the name "Federal Triangle"? Did you know that at one point the area was called "Pennsylvania Avenue Triangle"?
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1939 Tourist Footage of Washington
Check out this great film footage of Washington, D.C. from back in 1939.
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A Look Back: Comparing FDR, Eisenhower, and Obama Inauguration Photos
Take a look back at history with photos of historic inaugurations of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Barack Obama. See how the ceremonies have changed over the years!
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The Tenement Housing of Washington D.C. Alleys
Take a look back at what Washington D.C. alleys used to look like when they were filled with tenement housing. Learn more about this piece of history here!
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Honoring Abe Lincoln: A Look at the 1930 Military C-41 Blimp at the Lincoln Memorial
Check out this cool image from 1930 of a military C-41 blimp floating near the Lincoln Memorial in honor of Abe Lincoln's birthday. Also, you can check out film footage of this at Critical Past.
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A View of the Washington Monument From the George Washington Memorial Parkway
Take a look at this amazing view of the Washington Monument from the George Washington Memorial Parkway. What do you think? Check out GhostsofDC.org for more!
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This is What the Metro Center Area Looked Like in 1930 - A Photo and a Robert DeNiro Doppelganger
Take a look back in time at this photo of the Metro Center area in Washington, D.C. in 1930. Don't miss the Wilkins Coffee sign and a photo of Robert DeNiro's doppelganger from the same era.
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A Rare Look at Warder Mansion in 1937
Take a rare look at Warder Mansion in 1937 – this castle-like building was much greener then with ivy growing on it and far more shrubbery. Check out the photo from Library of Congress.
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Hey GoDCers ... Where is this Parking Lot from 1937?
Hey GoDCers! Take a look at this photo from July 1937 of a parking lot in Washington, D.C. Think you know where it is? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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