Tag: Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Aerial view in front of the Willard Hotel at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, showing pedestrians and rather dense traffic in autos and streetcars. - 1939

View of 14th and Pennsylvania Ave. From the Willard Hotel

I can spend two or three hours researching an in depth "Three Things..." or "If Walls Could Talk" post and ultimately end up with...
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Dramatic Attempt to Assassinate President Truman in Blair House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zeCxh_CjEQ You may not know this, but there was a very public assassination attempt on a President very near the White House and it wasn't...
1880s pen knife

Cries of Murder on Pennsylvania Avenue (1884)

Here is some old craziness to (I hate to use the word) entertain you. This is from the Washington Post on December 6th, 1884....
Chinatown Gate

Washington’s Chinese Mafia Wars

The opium den post of last week was the first foray into old Chinatown research, but I've uncovered a gold mine of fascinating local...
Inside of lodging house and opium den in San Francisco, 1890s (Wikipedia)

There Was an Opium Den on Pennsylvania Avenue?

You may be aware of the blight that lined Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1970s with the proliferation of sleezy strip clubs and porn shops,...
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The Inauguration of Herbert Hoover in 1929

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3WnsH06pGQ This is an excellent silent film from 1929. It begins with outgoing president Calvin Coolidge and Hoover entering a vehicle and being taken to...
pool hall in the early 1900s (source unknown)

Pool Hall Contest Ends in Riot

Anytime you throw men, booze and pool into an equation, with a little competition on the side, you're asking for trouble. This hypothesis is...
Washington Star Building (1900)

Then And Now: The Evening Star Building

Here's a cool "Then and Now" photo set. This is the Washington Star (or Evening Star) Building down at 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, right...
Lou Gehrig in 1939 (NY Daily News)

In Hotel Lobbies: Lou Gehrig Celebrates the New Year in Washington

The Iron Horse himself, Lou Gehrig, was in our city to celebrate the start of a new year in 1929. He was staying at...
Buffalo Bill (1903)

In Hotel Lobbies: Buffalo Bill at the Willard Hotel

I've come across a mountain of great society columns in old Washington  Posts titled "In Hotel Lobbies." This is going to make for some...
Riggs Nationals Bank (1919)

Then and Now: Riggs National Bank – 15th and Pennsylvania Ave....

Here is a nice "Then and Now" shot of the old Riggs National Bank across from the Department of Treasury. I found this in...
Old Post Office (1900)

Amazing Photo of the Old Post Office

Here's a cool short post to end this Friday. I was scanning Shorpy and came across this photograph. I think it's amazing. The building...
Grand Review of the Armies - May 1865

The Grand Review of the Armies (May, 1865)

The Grand Review of the Armies happened on May 23rd and 24th, 1865 after the formal end of The Civil War. Much of the...

Bystanders Whipped the Brutal Fellow (1892)

I'm doing a little early morning research and this one from January 11th, 1892 caught my eye. Frank Rowler, a messenger boy, was assaulted in...

Washington Streetcar Videos from 1903 and 1941

This was a pretty cool find on YouTube. It looks like this takes place looking northwest on Pennsylvania Ave, maybe around 12th St. You...