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219 North Saint Asaph St.

For Sale: 219 North Saint Asaph St. in 1900

Source: Library of Congress Interestingly, we came across this ad for a home being sold on January 2nd, 1900. The home at 219 North Saint Asaph Street in Alexandria also happens to just have gone under...
omnibus advertisement - July 5th, 1854

Omnibus Advertisement from 1854

Now this is a cool old (really old) advertisement from the Daily Evening Star, printed on July 5th, 1854. It’s an advertisement for omnibus or coach service to Alexandria. Source: Library of Congress
custom house in Alexandria

Alexandria City Post Office and Custom House

Here is a great old photo we dug up showing the Alexandria Custom House in 1918. Source: Library of Congress
View of Alexandria, Va., showing new engine house in which sixty engines can be stored in working order

Great Civil War Photograph of Alexandria

We dug up a great old photo of Alexandria from a distance the other day, and found another gem at the Library of Congress. What do you recognize in this photo? Source: Library of Congress
General view of the city of Alexandria, Va., April 15, 1864

Amazing Detailed Landscape of Alexandria in 1864

Don’t you just love these old Civil War photographs? This one is amazing, and it’s even more impressive if you click on it for the larger version. Can you see anything recognizable? One interesting thing to...
beautiful colonial estate in Alexandria - 102 S. Royal St.

Beautiful Colonial Estate for Sale in Alexandria

Here is an advertisement from the Washington Times on June 28th, 1913. This is the estate formerly located at 107 South Royal St. 107 South Royal St. in Alexandria looks like this today. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?q=107+south+royal+st&layer=c&sll=38.804403,-77.043720&cbp=13,217.18,,0,5.92&cbll=38.804429,-77.043696&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=107+S+Royal+St,+Alexandria,+Virginia+22314&ll=38.804404,-77.04372&spn=0.005711,0.010997&t=m&z=14&iwloc=A&panoid=0ElvL99oRAEjElDVGJ94Fg&source=embed&output=svembed] UPDATE: This...
Photograph shows cargo ships at the wharf in Alexandria, Virginia from Pioneer Mill, which was six stories high.

Incredible Detailed View of Alexandria Wharf in 1865

What an incredible photograph, dug up at the Library of Congress. This is from May, 1865.
Photograph shows the president's rail car at the Alexandria station. Photograph probably taken in Jan. The car was later used as Lincoln's funeral car.

President’s Railroad Car at Alexandria Station

This is the President’s official railroad car in 1865, likely taken around January. Four months later, the car would be used as Lincoln’s funeral car.
Photograph shows soldiers inside prison area where slaves were held.

The War For the Union – A Slave Pen in Alexandria

This is an incredible stereographic card, taken during the Civil War. It’s a powerful image of an Alexandria slave pen. Source: Library of Congress
Two young carrying-in boys in Alexandria (Va.) Glass Factory. Frank Clark (on left) 702 N. Patrick St., could neither read nor write, having been to school only a few weeks in his life. Two older brothers work in glass factory, and his father is a candy maker. Frank is working on night shift this week. Ashby Corbin (on right), 413 N. St. Asaph St. Has had only four terms of schooling. See also photos and labels 2260 to 2271. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.

Amazing Photos of Boys Working at the Alexandria Glass Company

This is one of those amazing photographs that you can stare at for hours, just wondering who these two boys were. We dug up an amazing series of photographs at the Library of Congress, showing the...

March 25th, 1907: Prime Quality Portner’s Beer in Alexandria, VA

Here’s a page from the Alexandria Gazette and Virginia Advertiser from Monday, March 25th, 1907, exactly 96 years ago yesterday (I should have posted this on Monday). The most interesting ad is the one for Portner’s...

Amazing Civil War Bird’s Eye View of Alexandria

I love this. You’ll love this too, I’m sure. It’s a bird’s eye view of Alexandria from the water in 1863. Thank you Library of Congress!
1912 map of Alexandria waterfront

1912 Map of Alexandria Waterfront

We dug up this great old Sanborn fire insurance map of Alexandria from 1912. Take a look at the same area today on Google Maps. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=rosemont+arlington+va&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Rosemont,+Alexandria,+Virginia&gl=us&ll=38.819752,-77.073378&spn=0.005502,0.011362&t=m&z=14&output=embed]
1930 assessment map of Alexandria

1930 Assessment Map of Alexandria

More maps! Below is a great assessment map of Alexandria and Arlington County.
1749 map of Alexandria

George Washington’s Map of Alexandria in 1749

Amazing find on the Library of Congress website. This is a map of Alexandria done by George Washington somewhere around 1749.
The Marshall House in Alexandria during the Civil War

The Marshall House in Alexandria

This is an incredible stereographic image of the Marshall House in Alexandria. We found this amazing shot at the Library of Congress. … and the reason this building is important is because it’s where the first...
Wise-Hooe-Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street

Wise-Hooe-Lloyd House, 220 North Washington St.

If you live in Alexandria or have been there, you have undoubtedly been by this house. This is the Wise-Hooe-Lloyd House on North Washington St, sometime in the 1930s. Check out the house today. Looks exactly...

Christ Church in Alexandria During the Civil War

The next time you’re cruising around Alexandria, you need to swing by Christ Church. I hate to admit it, but prior to this photograph, I was not familiar with the church. Now, I will be heading...