Tag: Alexandria VA

don't swim in the Potomac

Potomac Water is a Health Hazard (1973)

Remember how nasty the Potomac River was? Yes, it's still not the greatest, but it's swimmable in some parts (as long as...
Hollin Hall in 1938

Hollin Hall in 1938

Here's a cool ad for Hollin Hall, the plantation on Little Hunting Creek (read about it here). Hollin...
Hollin Hall advertisement - February 29th, 1948

Hollin Hall Advertisement (1948)

I was grabbing a beer with a buddy this evening and we were talking about Hollin Hall, the mid-century modern neighborhood near Alexandria. Here's...

Never Built: CIA Headquarters in Alexandria

We had no idea, but the alternate, and strongly pushed location for the Central Intelligence Agency's new headquarters was the Winkler Tract in Alexandria,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...