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1921 headline

Mass Ave. Frat House: Beer, Swearing, and “Suggestive Songs”

Oh my, “suggestive songs.” Not good, not good … especially in 1921 when this article was printed in The Washington Times. We came across an amusing headline, “Jollity of Frat Boys Results in Suit by Neighbor” and we had to dig a little deeper. Justice Hitz, of the District Supreme Court, today cited the Gamma Eta […]

Mayor Marion Barry and his wife Effi

Mayor Barry Proposes Renaming Part of Mass. Ave. After Mandela

This is an interesting story from the 1980s. Mayor for life, and general embarrassment to the city of Washington, Marion Barry, proposed in 1985 to rename a portion of Massachusetts Ave. in front of the South African embassy after the jailed anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. We came across this article in The Baltimore Sun from July […]

1500 Mass. Ave advertisement - January 26th, 1969 (Washington Post)

Luxury Apartments at 1500 Mass. Ave for $109.50

Wow, this will make you choke. The ad is from January 26th, 1969 in the Washington Post. You know the building. You’ve probably passed it many times, or maybe you know someone that lives there. Check it out on Google Street View.

Indonesian embassy (Walsh-McLean Mansion)

If Walls Could Talk: Embassy of Indonesia

This is our first “If Walls Could Talk” guest post. Marty wrote a great bit on one of the incredible mansions on Mass Ave. The stately mansion at 2020 Massachusetts Ave NW surely must be one of DC’s greatest real estate bargains ever. The Indonesian government bought it back in 1951 for $335,000, less than […]

Section of Massachusetts Avenue showing block of shabby houses with outside toilets and water supply

Shabby Houses on Mass Ave

Here’s a shot by Carl Mydans from 1935. We found it on the Library of Congress’ site, but we’re not sure where this is on Mass Ave. Any ideas? Go to lunch, show your friends, debate it and post your thoughts in the comments below. Are these homes still there?

Wreck at Massachusetts Ave. and 21st St. in 1917 (Shorpy)

Car Flattened Near Dupont – Another Look

I came across another angle for the nasty wreck at Mass Ave and 21st St. NW. I posted about this a few months ago with a look at the corner today from Google Street View. Look at the two dudes casually checking out the scene. Related articles Car Flattened Near Dupont Circle Watch Out For […]

Flag of Ireland

If Walls Could Talk: Embassy of Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but that is only the climax of the love affair between our country and The Emerald Isle. Everyone has, or claims to have, some link back to Ireland. My wife firmly places her heritage on that island, but alas, I trace my roots back to Ayrshire and the […]

Bridge suicides headline

Three Bridge Suicides in 24 Hours

I came across a sad and shocking article in the Washington Post from Saturday, July 20th, 1946. Three men jumped to their deaths off of three bridges in Washington. On Thursday, Samuel Hall, a Pullman porter living at 1327 T St. NW, jumped to his death off the 11th Street Bridge into the Anacotia River. […]

Massachusetts and 21st St. NW (1917)

Car Flattened Near Dupont Circle

This is not good. We’re looking at a photo of a car accident on the northeast corner of Massachusetts and 21st St. NW. This is just two block west of Dupont Circle and a block north of P St. Check out the photo from 1917 and then the Google Street View photo from today. I […]

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