If Walls Could Talk / 02.09.2013

Congratulations to the latest winner of our "If Walls Could Talk" poll: Mockingbird Hill at 1843 7th St. NW. Vice squad raid for illegal gambling We came across a story in the Baltimore Afro-American from July 21st, 1928 detailing a raid on Shirley Hamond Brown's home at 1835 7th St. NW. The raid netted a gill (i.e., a quarter pint) of gin and uncovered illegal gambling in the home. Among those busted included John Chambers Opey, 37 years old, of 1843...

Faces & Places of Yesterday / 07.03.2013

Below is a great drawing of the Washington Manual Training High School around 1895. Today, this building is the Asbury Dwellings apartment building. Here is the Google Street View of the same corner today. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?gl=us&ie=UTF8&ll=38.912274,-77.021863&spn=0.011804,0.022638&t=m&z=16&layer=c&cbll=38.912342,-77.022084&panoid=u1nkd6en4ypw5O3Xvq_V_A&cbp=12,117.04,,0,-7.51&source=embed&output=svembed]...

Faces & Places of Yesterday, GoDCers Love Maps / 04.09.2012

Below is the Baist real estate map of the area around U St. and Vermont Ave. NW. So if you're a frequent patron of Dodge City, Nellie's, or the hoppin' new place, Brixton, this will be pretty interesting to you. Click on either of the images for greater details. And check out the same area 18 years late in 1921. A large number of the frame houses are gone, replaced by brick structures. The Senators were playing the powerful New York Yankees, led by Joe DiMaggio, who had a 12-game hitting streak entering the game -- he went on to hit safely in 44 more consecutive games. The hometown team was stumbling into the game with a 9-game losing streak (not shocking). First in war,...

If Walls Could Talk / 23.04.2012

Congratulations to the latest "If Walls Could Talk" poll winner: Shaw's Tavern. Also, congratulations on landing that liquor license. It's been a long road, but the neighborhood and city is thrilled to have this latest addition to the dining and entertainment scene. The place to enjoy your meals in Washington The first thing I found for 520 Florida Ave. NW was the advertisement below from the Baltimore Afro-American in the summer of 1928. At the location, there was a restaurant called...

Other Cool Stuff / 16.03.2012

I'm a dog lover. I'm a huge dog lover and so is my wife (Marley and Me was a difficult movie to watch). When I came across this front page headline in the Washington Times, I was both saddened and moved. This poor dog -- her name was Sergeant Helen Kaiser -- was both brave and dedicated, supporting our troops on the front lines. She was hit by shrapnel and exposed to blinding mustard gas, but thankfully survived. Helen was deployed with her owner, James White, in the 372nd Infantry...