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Schott's Alley on Capitol Hill in 1941
What was alley living like near Capitol Hill? This photo shows Schott's Alley, razed in the 1940s to make way for the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
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Take a Glimpse Into History: Frederick Douglass's Home on Capitol Hill
Take a look into history with this grainy image of Frederick Douglass standing in front of his home on Capitol Hill at 320 A St. NE. The home still stands today and you can walk by it, looking almost the same. See it today on Google Street View.
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A Look at Historic Homes in Washington Heights from 1904 and Today
Take a look back in time with this cool old advertisement from 1904 for homes in Washington Heights. Compare it to what the same homes look like today using Google Street View!
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A Look at the Capitol Building from the 1960s - A Scene You'll Never See Again
Take a look at this rare photo of the Capitol Building from the 1960s. See the Capitol Dome under construction and a lot of cars parked out in front of it - something you'll never see again!
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Unraveling the Mystery of the Smokestack on Capitol Hill
Discover the mystery of the smokestack on Capitol Hill! An image sent to us by GoDCer Geoff and a satellite view from Google Maps help us to unravel this mystery. Check out the 1921 Baist map and share your thoughts in the comments!
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From the Baltimore Sun to the U.S. Census: Uncovering the Tragic Tale of Rudolph and Mary Scheitlin
Digging through old newspaper archives and the U.S. Census, uncover the tragic tale of Rudolph and Mary Scheitlin that was printed in The Baltimore Sun in 1905. Learn the story of their rocky marriage, her dalliances and the fateful night that ended in murder.
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A Blast From The Past: The United Food Stores Market in 1932 Compared to Today
Take a look at the incredible transformation of the United Food Stores Market in Washington, DC from 1932 to now! Compare the vintage photo to Google Street View and marvel at how far we've come!
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A Snowball Fight to Solve Gridlock: How Fun Was This Photo of Congressional Pages Taken in 1923?
Take a look at this fun old photo taken on December 14th, 1923. It shows a large group of boys who were Congressional pages on both sides of the aisle, battling it out with snowballs. Wouldn't it be great if Members of Congress took this tactic to solve gridlock today?
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A Rare Look at Washington, D.C. from Capitol Hill
Get a rare glimpse of Washington, D.C. from Capitol Hill with this historical photograph. The image features the Washington Jail, Aldrich's Wholesale Flour, Grain & Feed Warehouse, and more.
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Exploring East Capitol Street in 1888: A Map of Wood and Brick Buildings
Explore East Capitol Street in 1888 with this historic map. Find wood and brick buildings from over a century ago. Discover a piece of DC history with this interactive map from the Library of Congress.
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A Look Back at a Sad Old Photo from the Library of Congress
A look back at a sad old photo from the Library of Congress. See a famous Capitol landmark being dismantled to make way for modern business.
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Uncovering the Fascinating Story of Col. Ulric Dahlgren, the Leg He Lost, and the Building That Held It
Discover the remarkable story of Col. Ulric Dahlgren, the Union soldier who lost his leg at Gettysburg, and the plaque that marks the spot in DC's Navy Yard where his leg was interred.
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Exploring the Beauty of Old Baist Maps
Discover the beautiful old Baist maps of Capitol Hill. Learn more about the history of the region and take a look at the 1909 Baist map of Capitol Hill, sourced from the Library of Congress.
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Uncovering the Past: Identifying Old Buildings in an Aerial View of E Street in Washington, D.C. Around 1900
What does Washington D.C. used to look like? Take a look at this aerial view of E Street around 1900 and try to identify some of the old buildings. Come uncover the past with us!
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Celebrating 90 Years of History at Frager's Hardware
Celebrate 90 years of history at Frager's Hardware in Capitol Hill, DC. Founded by Russian Jewish immigrant, Fritz Frager, this local institution has remained a mainstay for over 9 decades. Show your support and help to rebuild!
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The Powerful and Haunting Image of Mr. Henry's Boarded Up for Protection in 1968
Revisit the powerful and haunting image of Mr. Henry's boarded up in 1968 in Washington, DC. This photo was uncovered from the DC Almanac.
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Uncovering the History of East Capitol Street Before It Was a Street
Take a journey back in time to explore the history of East Capitol Street, before it was even a street. See a fascinating old photograph, mislabeled as Baltimore's Druid Hill Park, taken by William M. Chase.
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A Look Back in Time: East Capitol Street from the Dome, 1880 and Today
Take a look back in time with us at East Capitol Street from the Dome, with a photo taken in 1880 and a modern update. Check it out!
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The History of Providence Hospital and the Fight to Save Providence Park
Learn the history of Providence Hospital, the oldest hospital in Washington, DC, and the fight to save Providence Park, the green space that now occupies the original hospital site.
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Exploring Eastern Market: A Side-by-Side Comparison of a 1903 Map and a Google Map
Take a look at the past and present of Eastern Market with this side-by-side comparison of a 1903 map and a Google Map. Learn more about the history of this DC neighborhood!
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1800 Plan of Washington and Capitol Hill Lots
Plan of part of the city of Washington : on which is shewn the squares, lots, &c., divided between William Prout Esq'r and the Commissioners of the Federal Buildings, agreeably to the deed of trust / laid down from a scale of 200 feet pr. inch by N. King, 1800.
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Unraveling the Untold History of the 1869 Murder Trial of Millie Gaines
Unravel the untold history of the 1869 murder trial of Millie Gaines. Discover the salacious details of the interracial love affair, the complicated love triangle, the jealous rage, and the gruesome murder that lead to the first trial in DC with a racially mixed jury.
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An Incredible View Down New Jersey Ave. in 1863
Take a look at this incredible view down New Jersey Ave. in 1863. The caption reads: Southeast view with New Jersey Ave. on the right and A Street and B Street (i.e., Independence Ave.) in the foreground. View includes the Washington Navy Yard, the Eastern Branch, and much more.
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The Mysterious Ghost of the Capitol Hill Police Substation
On Capitol Hill a few blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Station is a relic of a time gone by, the Metropolitan Police Department's First District Substation. Read here to learn about the mysterious ghost seen on the video cameras at the station.
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Real Estate Ads From 1919: Get a Nice Home Near Lincoln Park for $7,300!
Explore a real estate ad from 1919 near Lincoln Park! Pull together $7,300 and you can have a nice home in this beautiful area. Check out the advertisement and get inspired by history!
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A Moment Frozen in Time: A Soldier and a Woman in a Park in 1943
Take a look back in time with this amazing photograph from 1943. A soldier and a woman in a park, with the Old [Russell] Senate Office Building behind them. A moment frozen in time that will take your breath away.
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Unearthing the Mysterious Origins of D.C.'s Official Dinosaur, Capitalsaurus
Discover the mysterious origins of D.C.'s official dinosaur, Capitalsaurus. Read about the bone found in 1898 and its controversial classification as a prehistoric beast, and the story of the District's embrace of this unique creature.
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Explore a Rare 1815 Property Value Map of Washington, DC
Check out this rare 1815 property value map of Washington, DC. Click on the map for greater detail and discover the city's history.
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If Walls Could Talk: Ted's Bulletin and 505 8th St. SE on Capitol Hill
We're headed to Capitol Hill to explore one of Bryce Harper's favorite haunts and a place where the President has popped in for lunch. Learn about the history of the building and its former tenant, District Lock & Hardware.
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Exploring the History of Eastern Market: From the Grand Opening in 1873 to Highway Bandits and Child Abductors
Explore the past of Eastern Market in Washington, D.C.- from the grand opening in 1873 to the highway bandits and child abductors that have graced its history. Learn more about this iconic market!
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