1950s

What was Washington, D.C. like in the 1950s? Take a look at our great posts with stories, people, photos, and history about the District from the fifties.

Sue & Joe - Capitol - circa 1955 - final book

GoDCer Sends Great 1955 Photo of Parents in D.C.

Thanks to GoDCer Mike for sending in this family photo from 1955. Below is the note he send: Dear Ghosts of DC This photo surfaced in our family a few years ago.  It was taken in 1955...
1810 Shepherd St.

1950s Crestwood Home and Today

We came across this gem of a photo from the 1950s here. Check out 1810 Shepherd St. back then. And this is what it looks like today on Google Street View. Looks like the same paint...
Heurich Beer in the 1950s

FBI Arrests Chevy Chase Boys in Fake I.D. Scandal

The next time your father or grandfather tells you he never found himself in trouble during his youth, approach that claim with some skepticism, especially if he grew up in Chevy Chase. Check out this fantastic...
view of the Jefferson Memorial

GoDCer Sends 1950s Vacation Photos of D.C.

Thanks to GoDCer Emily for sending these in, and thanks for your love of our site! We love getting notes from readers like that.
Carroll Hall

Fan Loses Eye; Struck by Puck at Uline Arena

How tragic. This reminds me of the horrible accident in 2002 when a girl was killed by a flying puck at a Columbus Blue Jackets game. This is the article we dug up in The Washington Post...

D.C. Gives Fidel Castro A Hero’s Welcome At E Street Restaurant

“It’s Midnight in Washington…and this is the Steve Allison show.” I can remember those lines from 1959 just like it was yesterday. WWDC (1260 on the AM dial) had hired a talk show host from Philadelphia...
1952 Eastern Airlines ad

Eastern Airlines: 37 Flights Daily to Washington in 1952

Source: Duke University Libraries Here’s a cool retro ad from the 1950s. It’s an advertisement for Eastern Airlines with 37 daily flights to Washington, D.C. I’m assuming this is from New York.
1633 North Capitol St. NE

If Walls Could Talk: Super Liquor – House of Cards Edition

Like most of D.C., probably the country, we’re obsessed with House of Cards. It’s a little over the top, but sometimes that’s the beauty of it. Unfortunately, we don’t often expect movies about Washington to be...
Hank's Oyster Bar Old Town

Hank’s Oyster Bar Old Town History

What's the history behind Hank's Oyster Bar's building in Alexandria? 1026 King St. was built in the late 19th century.
Gordon Hotel

Beautiful Lost Gordon Hotel at 16th and I Streets

Source: Library of Congress Chances are that most of you aren’t familiar with the old Gordon Hotel (or just The Gordon). It has been long gone from the landscape of 16th St. NW, but once struck...
Nanny O'Briens

If Walls Could Talk: Nanny O’Briens

Congratulations to our latest “If Walls Could Talk” poll winner, Nanny O’Briens. We’re going to do a little digging into the history of your building at 3319 Connecticut Ave. NW. The Greek restaurant investor On September...

Stolen: D.C.’s Royal Elephant Tusks

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie gave a pair of elephant tusks to District leaders during his first visit to America in 1954.  Those ivory tusks — recently stolen — have barely been described by police.  We thought it...

Wrecking Ball Demolishes Chevy Chase Ice Palace

Source: Streets of Washington When the Chevy Chase Ice Palace and Sports Center opened on Nov. 23, 1938, it became an instant sensation. On opening day more than 2,200 people hit the indoor skating rink, bringing...

Seven Corners Built on Land Owned by Former Slave

Did you know that? We sure didn’t This is a fascinating article that we dug up in The Washington Post from February 26th, 1953. We were doing a little research on the history of Seven Corners and...
Ace Ventura

Poodle Dognapped from Friendship Animal Hospital

What a bizarre story this is. This poor poodle was dognapped while being boarded at Friendship Animal Hospital. We found this story in The Washington Post, printed on February 7th, 1956. A black, pedigreed French poodle–with fancy...
Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice on sidelines with Washington Redskins head coach Joe Kuharich during game versus the Green Bay Packers at Riddick Stadium, Raleigh, N.C., September 11, 1954

Worst-Ever Season for the Redskins? Quite Possibly 1954

As dismal as this fall has been for fans of the Washington football franchise (want an illustrated history book for Christmas?), the 1954 season might have been even worse. How bad was it? In early November,...

Ghosts of Heismans’ Past: Jack Scarbath and Bernie Faloney

It’s been more than 60 years since the University of Maryland (here’s a good history book from Amazon) had a serious candidate for college football’s Heisman Trophy. In the early 1950’s, the Terps had two quarterbacks who...
Crowd on Watergate steps watching performance on barge at edge of Potomac River (ca. 1956). Burdell Wright, Jr. Photograph Collection

Performance on Watergate Steps

Wow, what a cool old photo from the 1950s.
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