Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Street scene, Pennsylvania Avenue." Here we see the tower of the Old Post Office as well as a number of vanished Washington landmarks including the Parker Bridget department store.

Pennsylvania Avenue, Frozen in Time (1919)

What an amazing shot of Pennsylvania Avenue from 1919. This captures much what is happening in the old video we posted from about a decade earlier. UPDATE: We received a great tip and link from GoDCer...

Weather Bureau Kiosk on Pennsylvania Avenue

This photo from 1912 shows a Weather Bureau kiosk at E Street and Pennsylvania Ave., NW.  It’s a high-resolution image, so feel free to click to see some extra details. Large cities around the country had...
Pennsylvania Ave. film footage

Rare Film Footage of Pennsylvania Avenue in 1909

This is one of our best GoDCer contributions yet. Tom from Bethesda sent this over to share with everyone else. This was taken on Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 10th and 11th St. Watch the whole thing...
Drawing shows a woman and child exiting the telegraph office, and the National Hotel, at Pennsylvania and 6th Street, NW, as carriages and people move up and down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. The view is toward the Capitol, with its incomplete dome by A. Miller in 1860. (Library of Congress)

View of Pennsylvania Avenue in 1860

Here’s a great painting from 1860, looking down Pennsylvania Ave. It’s a similar view to the photo we posted last night, just a couple of years later, when the country was on the brink of civil...
photograph of the Capitol under construction in 1858

Amazing Old Photo of Capitol Dome Construction in 1858

I came across this gem scanning through the Architect of the Capitol’s website. I had to share it with you tonight. Click on it for the higher resolution image. It’s pretty amazing to take a look...
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 the same number of readers as a quick afternoon photo post. Today,...
Harry Truman

Dramatic Attempt to Assassinate President Truman in Blair House

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 that long ago. President Harry Truman was in the middle of his...
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. By the way, this just happens to be the same day the...
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 history. You probably were unaware of this, but in the 1920s, there...
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, but did you know that over 100 years ago, you could head...

The Inauguration of Herbert Hoover in 1929

This is an excellent silent film from 1929. It begins with outgoing president Calvin Coolidge and Hoover entering a vehicle and being taken to the Capitol Building down Pennsylvania Avenue. The members of the Supreme Court...
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 tested and proven true according to an article in the Washington Post...
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 across from the Old Post Office Pavilion. This striking Beaux-Arts building was...
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 the old Hotel Occidental on Pennsylvania Ave. Lou was quoted in the...
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 great material, so I’m kicking off a new category with the same...
Riggs Nationals Bank (1919)

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

Here is a nice “Then and Now” shot of the old Riggs National Bank across from the Department of Treasury. I found this in the Smithsonian’s Flickr feed. The first one is from 1919 and the...
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 was built between 1892 and 1899. This photo was taken a year...
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 Union Army paraded through the streets of Washington (most importantly, Pennsylvania Ave.),...
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