Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell

GoDC Challenge: Alexander Graham Bell Quiz

Quick afternoon quiz for you all. And, the prize will be two tickets to Jim Lehrer’s new play BELL, this weekend. First person to correctly answer the following three questions wins. Put your answer in the...
This is Bell’s hand-drawn map of downtown Washington, D.C., centered on Scott Circle. Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts Avenues are all clearly visible on the map—as well as 15th through 19th Streets. At the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and 15th Streets, Bell indicated the location of his Washington, D.C., residence by scrawling “A.G. Bell.” The National Geographic Society headquarters on M Street between 16th and 17th Streets would be located on the far left side of this map.

Alexander Graham Bell’s Hand-Drawn Map of Scott Circle

How cool is this?! It’s a hand-drawn map of Washington, centered on Scott Circle. The map is oriented with west at the top, and you’ll see Dupont Circle at the top right. Source: National Geographic The...
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. switchboards." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

History of the Telephone in D.C.

A Washington Post article from December 16th, 1928 celebrated the 50th anniversary of telephones in D.C. with a detailed history of its origins. The article mentions that there were 150,000 phones in the city, approximately one...
1321 33rd St. NW in Georgetown house on left (Google Street View)

Email From a GoDCer: Alexander Graham Bell’s Georgetown Home

I have been receiving emails from GoDCers with increasing frequency. Quite often these emails contain wonderful personal or family history relating to DC. This is one such email that I have to share. I received it...
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