Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Awesome Aerial View of Federal Triangle in the 1980s

What a great shot of Federal Triangle, looking down Pennsylvania Ave. You can also see the Navy Memorial under construction. Source: Library of Congress
view down Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Building

Capitol Building and Pennsylvania Avenue Before 1814

This is a cool old painting from the early 19th century. It shows the Capitol Building as it would have looked during the first decade of the 1800s. Source: Library of Congress
tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Hundreds of Tanks Rolling Down Pennsylvania Avenue

This is definitely (hopefully) something you would not see today. It’s a large parade of tanks heading from the Capitol Building towards the White House. Source: National Geographic The caption claims it’s 1947, but the discussion...
Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Star Building from air." The Washington Star newspaper building at the center is at the intersection of 11th Street N.W. and Pennsylvania Avenue, which runs diagonally across the photo. The big building with the tower us the Old Post Office. There's a lot to see here, including laundry hung out to dry. National Photo Company glass negative.

Whoa! Incredible 1922 Aerial Photograph of Pennsylvania Avenue

This is incredible. No commentary needed. Just make sure you click on it for greater detail. Source: Shorpy
Sunday. 7 yr. old news-boy, without a badge, who tried to "short-change" me when he sold me a paper. "He can rustle de poipers"another boy said. William Parralla, 313 Second St., S.W.

Amazing Photo of Young Paper Boy on Pennsylvania Avenue

What an incredible photograph this is. It shows a little 7-year-old newsboy trying to sell newspapers. The caption listed at the Library of Congress is also amusing. The photo was taken in April 1912, the same...
Washington, D.C. President Lincoln's funeral procession on Pennsylvania Avenue (April 19th, 1865)

Lincoln’s Funeral Procession Down Pennsylvania Avenue

We dug up this powerful image of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession heading down Pennsylvania Avenue on April 19th, 1865. Click on it for better details. Source: Library of Congress
Renwick Gallery around 1920

Renwick Gallery With Streetcars Passing on Pennsylvania Avenue

Here is a nice photograph we found in the Smithsonian archives. Source: Smithsonian
Bird's-eye view of Pennsylvania Avenue west from 18th Street, Washington, D.C., showing the Department of Commerce

Bird’s-Eye View West on Pennsylvania Ave. From 18th St.

This is a view from the building at the corner of 18th and Pennsylvania. It was taken somewhere around the 1920s. Source: Library of Congress
eastward view down Pennsylvania Avenue

Stunning 1905 Landscape Photographs of Pennsylvania Avenue

What a beautiful photograph. This was taken by the Rotograph Company in 1905 with a eastward view down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Capitol. Source: Library of Congress Below is the opposite westward view down Pennsylvania Avenue...
view down Pennsylvania Ave. NW

A View of Old Washington Down Pennsylvania Avenue

Here is another excellent photo of Pennsylvania Ave., also from the 1920s. We did a little Googling for this one too and came across it here.
winter driving in DC

Winter Driving on Pennsylvania Avenue

This is a cool old photo that we dug up via Google. We found it here. It appears to be some time in the 1920s, looking down Pennsylvania Ave. towards the Capitol.
Photo shows night view of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., decorated with electric lights for the first inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008)

Beautiful 1913 Night Photo of Pennsylvania Ave.

You know you’re freaked out about Gmail being down! This will distract you while you can’t access your email. The photo was taken on March 3rd, 1913. It is absolutely amazing. Click on it for a...
February 1913. "Woman suffrage -- hikers arriving in Washington from New York." Today marks the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Over the next few days we'll post some more suffrage photos. Harris & Ewing glass negative.

Pennsylvania Avenue in February 1913

I’m a little late to the game on this, but I had been meaning to share this after I saw it posted on Twitter by Michael Beschloss. The best part is zooming in on the photo....
Ku Klux Klan members march in Washington

Dark Days of the Ku Klux Klan Parading Down Pennsylvania Avenue

This is absolutely horrifying. Some of you may not know this, but in 1928 (and a number of other times in the 1920s), the Ku Klux Klan was permitted to parade down Pennsylvania Ave. Hard to...
Shoppers at the outdoor food market, 7th Street at Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. View looking up 7th Street, ca. 1900

Shoppers on Pennsylvania Ave. (1900)

Here’s a great photo to share on a lazy Saturday.
Department of Commerce, 15th St. side

Three Stories About the Department of Commerce Building

The Department of Commerce‘s massive, beast of a building is bound by Constitution Avenue (why is it named Constitution Avenue?), 14th St., Pennsylvania Avenue and 15th St. Construction finished and it opened in 1932, at the...
December 5, 1923. Probably Washington, D.C. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection, Library of Congress.

Elephants on Parade

Clearly, this is not something you will see today … or, is it?
1818 & 1820 19th St. NW

Senator’s Daughter Busted for Drunk Driving

It’s never good when your name gets in the paper for drunk driving, especially if your late father was a United States Senator. Below is a great example of how you don’t want to be represented...
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