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White House daguerreotype by John Plumbe, Jr. in 1846 (Library of Congress)

Earliest Photograph of the White House

This is an amazing old photograph of the White House taken by John Plumbe, Jr. in 1846. The 11th President of the United States , James K. Polk, was the building’s occupant, having succeeded President John Tyler just the year prior. It’s a great one to stare at and study. It appears to be taken […]

Washington Gas Light Co. advertisement (1906)

Gas for Lighting and Heating: Buy Now, Pay Later

Here’s an old advertisement from the Washington Times. This ad for gas lighting and heating ran in the March 2nd, 1906 newspaper. You could choose to have gas fixtures installed throughout your home and have the entire cost amortized over the course of the year … kind of like the deals Best Buy offers these […]

Arlington House (Library of Congress)

Why Is It Named Arlington?

What is the origin of Arlington County's name? The story dates back to an old plantation near today's National Airport.

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