Tag: 1980s

Where Can You Have an Embassy in Washington, D.C.?

You can't build an embassy anywhere in D.C. Check out this map from 1987 showing where it's okay to have your diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C.
Aerial view of the Willard Hotel during restoration, Washington, D.C.

Photo of Willard Hotel Undergoing Major Renovation

This is an aerial image of the Willard Hotel undergoing major renovations in the 1980s. Source: Library of Congress
Erol's video

Erol’s Video Sold to Blockbuster for $40 Million

Remember Erol's? They were the awesome local video chain where we rented Goonies, Ghostbusters (the original), or the Gremlins. It was a sad day when...
NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade

NSA Allows Homosexual to Stay

When this headline hit the papers in 1980, it was a big deal. A really big deal. Being gay was something that would disqualify...
Aerial view of the Washington Navy Yard, looking east (top). This shot shows the Navy Yard’s borders: M Street on the north (left); the waterfront on the south; 11th street on the east, and 2nd street on the west (foreground). On the right bank of the river is Anacostia, September 1963. NHHC Photograph Collection, Navy Subject Files, Washington Navy Yard. (214).

Aerial Views of the Navy Yard in the 1960s, 70s, and...

This photo is an aerial view of the Navy Yard just a couple of months before President Kennedy was assassinated. Source: National Museum of the...

“The President’s Walk” Was Almost Reagan’s Last

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng The Washington Hilton Hotel is located at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, near DuPont Circle. At a...
Aerial view of Alexandria, Virgina taken in the 1980s.

1980s Aerial Photo of Alexandria

Click on the image below to see the larger version and see if you recognize parts of Alexandria from the 1980s. Source: Library of Congress
view near Gravelly Point

Aerial View Near Gravelly Point and National Airport

Check out this unique aerial view of the waterfowl sanctuary near Gravelly Point. Source: Library of Congress
Washington Monument

The Washington Monument as Seen From The Treasury Department

Here's an incredible view of the Washington Monument some time in the early 1980s. Washington Monument
(right) The Munsey Building, built in 1905 and demolished in 1980; (left) the Washington Post Building (also demolished)

Remember the Munsey Building at 13th and Pennsylvania?

It's a sad fact that much of D.C. was demolished from the 1950s through the 1980s. It's a damn shame, but everything was in the...

Soviet Diplomat Testifies on the Hill

So here is a headline you certainly won't see every day, and you certainly wouldn't see something like this in the 1980s. In the...
Mayor Marion Barry and his wife Effi

Mayor Barry Proposes Renaming Part of Mass. Ave. After Mandela

This is an interesting story from the 1980s. Mayor for life, and general embarrassment to the city of Washington, Marion Barry, proposed in 1985...
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...
President Reagan signing National Minimum Drinking Age Act into law

When Did D.C. Raise Drinking Age to 21?

When did DC raise the drinking age to 21?
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Secret Service Agent Robs Maryland Bank

Now this is not something you'll read everyday ... or ever really. Except in 1981. We came across this article in The Baltimore Sun from...

Map of Metro Done in Braille

This is a map of Metro done with braille. I'm not sure what the date it on this, but since the Red Line stops...

Awesome Aerial View of Federal Triangle in the 1980s

What a great shot of Federal Triangle, looking down Pennsylvania Ave. You can also see the Navy Memorial under construction. Source: Library of Congress

Cost of Buying a House in the District, 25 Years Ago...

Look at this old classified advertisement from The Washington Post from exactly 25 years ago. This was printed on Friday, October 21st, 1988 and if you...
1981 apartment listings

Glover Park, Foggy Bottom, and Dupont Apartment Listings (1981)

Check out this old classified page from The Washington Post. It's from 1981 and checking out the prices will make you nauseous. See any addresses...
Nov 1982 | Crews work to complete the building of the tunnel near Forest Glen Station.

Vintage Washington Metro Construction Photos

How cool are these? We stumbled across them on Metro's Facebook page. Tunnel near Forest Glen
Paul Stevenson Oles sketch of the Vietnam Memorial

Early Sketches of the Vietnam Memorial

Maya Lin was just 21 years old in 1981 when she won the contest to design the Vietnam Memorial. She was still an undergraduate...