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.

DiMaio Brothers Hillcrest real estate advertisement - July 25th, 1959

Hillcrest Townhomes by the DiMaio Brothers

A number of GoDCers have been asking for more east of the river stuff (including our GoDCer friend Ayanna) … so here’s another cool advertisement from Hillcrest Heights that we found in the Washington Post. This...

Eisenhower Paroled by Doctors in Denver; Returns to Washington

In September 1955, President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while visiting Denver. He was rushed to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital, where he would spend seven weeks recovering. While convalescing, he continued to carry out his executive duties...
Harmon Killebrew 1956 Topps baseball card

Washington Senators Move to Los Angeles in 1957

We’re a little late on this, but … this day in history (minus 12 days), 56 years ago, the Baltimore Sun reported a rumor that the Washington Senators were moving to the West Coast for the 1957 season....
408 Venice St., Falls Church real estate advertisement

Beautiful Falls Hill

Beautiful and quiet Falls Hill was developing in the 1950s. It was a wonderful and peaceful place to raise your family. Take a look at this advertisement featuring this home at 408 Venice St. I might...
Devon Park real estate advertisement - 1957

Devon Park in Beautiful McLean: the Estate Section of Fairfax County

We haven’t done anything for McLean lately, so we’d like to shine a little light on the namesake of John Roll McLean, the former owner of the Washington Post. Here’s a great real estate advertisement from...
3616 Southern Ave., Hillcrest real estate advertisement - 1952 (Washington Post)

Hillcrest Home for Sale; $32,500 in 1952

Here’s a cool advertisement for our favorite Hillcrest GoDCer, Ayanna. This is a Washington Post real estate advertisement circa 1952. According to Zillow, this home is now valued at $319,800. And this is really cool …...
Sleepy Hollow, West Falls Church real estate advertisement

Sleepy Hollow: A Honey of a Location

Real estate advertisements from the 1950s are excellent. Here’s a great one from Sleepy Hollow in Falls Church. We wanted to find the home in the advertisement above, and the the best of our sleuthing ability,...
Marlow and Hillcrest Heights real estate advertisement - 1955

Live Better at Marlow and Hillcrest Heights

Here is another great real estate advertisement from east of the river … and east of the District line. This is a real estate advertisement for homes in Marlow Heights and Hillcrest Heights back in 1955,...
Griffith Rooftop boxes (griffithstadium.com)

Griffith Stadium Beer Garden Opens

Prohibition lasted at Griffith Stadium well past the official repeal. You may not know this, but unfortunately for Senators fans, owner Clark Griffith was a teetotaling prohibitionist. He was adamantly opposed to permitting the sale of...
3612 Bangor St. SE real estate advertisement

1955 Ad for Home on Bangor Street in Hillcrest

Hopefully we are earning a GoDCer for life in Ayanna by posting all of these Hillcrest-related advertisements. If you know the person that lives here, send this to them. I’m sure they’d love to see their...
Woodbridge Estates real estate advertisement - December 7th, 1952

Three Bedroom Ramblers in Woodbridge

This is a cool one from Virginia, right out of the Wonder Years era. That’s right, Kevin Arnold … well, actually, Kevin was born on March 18th, 1956 (thanks Wikipedia!). Nevertheless, this is the kind of...

A Brief History of Brunch in D.C.

About 5,500 weekends ago, Washingtonians woke up and lazily flipped through their newspapers.  It was Sunday, November, 11, 1906 and something bold and new was described for the first time in The Post: New Portmanteau Words....
U.S. casualty being treated at Naktong River

Philip Hughes: Skinny Kid From Brookland Killed in Korea

I checked my email the other day to find this email from a GoDCer. Emails like this are exactly why I started this blog. Not only is it fascinating, but it’s really important to remember the...
padlocked gate

Girl Padlocks White House Gates; Locks Eisenhower Inside

You know how bad it sucks to accidentally lock yourself out of your house. How about when you’re locked in and your home is the White House? Well, that actually happened to President Eisenhower. Here is...
Richard and Patty Nixon in 1952

Senator Nixon Signs Discriminatory Restrictive Covenant

Richard Nixon, senator from California and Vice President of the United States once signed a restrictive covenant preventing African-Americans from buying his home in American University Park.

Vienna Home for $14,750

Buy a home in Vienna, VA for $14,750 back in 1957. What an amazing old advertisement from the Washington Post classifieds.
Brickskeller

Brickskeller: It’s New … It’s Different

The slow demise of Brickskeller was sad to witness. The place was full of so many fond memories. I’m sure many of you remember back when you could smoke in bars … that place was pretty...
Hotel Fairfax. Simplified map of District of Columbia showing location of Hotel Fairfax (Library of Congress)

1950s Tourist Driving Map of D.C.

Check this out. This is an interesting find. It’s a simplified driving map of the city for tourists trying to get around the popular sites and attractions. Click on the map for greater detail. You’ll notice...
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