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Willard Hotel Photos From 1904
What did the Willard Hotel look like just after it was built in the early 1900s. This series of photos shows the ornate interior as it was back then.
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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane: Peacock Alley in the Willard Hotel
Step away from the news cycle for a minute and take a trip down memory lane. Check out this cool photo of Peacock Alley in the Willard Hotel, dating back to the 1920s.
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A Look Back at the Willard Hotel's Major Renovations in the 1980s
Take a look back at the Willard Hotel's major renovations in the 1980s with this aerial image of the iconic Washington, D.C. hotel. Learn more about the history of the Willard Hotel with this post!
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Uncovering a Historical Gem: the Willard Hotel around the Year 1904
Take a look at this amazing photo of the Willard Hotel from the year 1904. See what the building looked like in that era and click to learn more. Source: Library of Congress.
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Old Time Willard Hotel Room Service Menu
How cool is this find? We dug up this great old menu for the Willard Hotel’s room service at Discover DC History. Click on them for more details. This appears to be from the 1960s? Maybe the 1950s? A menu for bottle liquors room service at the Willard Hotel. A menu for bottle liquors room service at the Willard Hotel. (back) Source: Discover DC History
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Exploring the Historic National Hotel: Where Presidents, Assassinations, and Dueling Were Once Plotted
A look at the historic National Hotel, once located at 6th & Pennsylvania Ave. Presidents and duels were plotted there, and John Wilkes Booth stayed there before Lincoln's assassination. The Newseum now stands in its place.
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1976 View of Willard Hotel Renovation
Here’s a great old photo from 1976. It shows the Willard Hotel, looking northwest across 14th St. Willard Hotel in 1976 Source: Library of Congress
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The New Willard Hotel in 1904
Here is a great old photo to close out the day. This is the Willard Hotel in 1904, viewed looking up 14th St. to the right and Pennsylvania Ave. to the left. Click on the image to view a much larger version. The details are pretty impressive. The Willard Hotel in 1904, view up 14th St. NW
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The Incredible Story of Private Paul J. McDuff: A Ninth-Floor Rescue from the 1940s
This is the incredible story of Private Paul J. McDuff, as published in the Washington Post in June 1949. Three brave policemen saved McDuff from plunging to his death from the ninth-floor ledge of the Willard Hotel, in a scene of suspense and drama. Read the full story here!
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A Rare Look at the Making of Federal Triangle in 1932
Take a look back in time with this amazing shot of what would become Federal Triangle in 1932. Discover the history of the Old Post Office Pavilion, Southern Railway Building, and District Building on Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.
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Philemon Herbert: Crooked Congressman, Card Shark and Brothel Patron
This is the first guest post by Roger. Check out his blog Forgotten Stories for some excellent lost history. Philemon T. Herbert was a crooked lawyer, a card shark, frequented brothels, and stood accused of attacking a political rival with a knife. In other words, he fit right in with the rough and tumble environment of California in the early 1850s, so much so that the good voters of that state...
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Pass the Afternoon Studying This Amazing Photo of the Willard Hotel and Old Post Office
Pass the afternoon by studying this amazing photo of Washington, D.C. Featuring the Willard Hotel and Old Post Office tower. Amazing detail, including a view of the landmarks. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
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In Hotel Lobbies: Mark Twain at the Willard
Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) date unknown (Library of Congress) The creator of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn was in our city back in December 1906 to participate in the copyright hearings before Congress. The Washington Post mentioned them in in their “People Met in Hotel Lobbies” section. “I should like to talk to you, but I have just retired and am bound for sleep,” said...
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Arrival of First Japanese Embassy at the Navy Yard (1860)
In January 1860, the Tokugawa shogunate sent a delegation to the United States with the primary objective of ratifying the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation (aka, the Harris Treaty). Commodore Matthew Perry (not Chandler) had opened Japan (forcefully) in 1854 and this was the first Japanese diplomatic mission sent to the United States. This historic event is particularly...
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The Willard Hotel: A Second Look at the Amazing Detail of an Iconic Photo
Take a closer look at the Willard Hotel with this iconic photo! Learn more about its fascinating history and amazing detail. #WillardHotel #DCHistory #DCGhostsOfDC
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Flipping the Order of My Posts: An Afternoon Photo Post from 14th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Today, I'm flipping the order or my posts and kicking the morning off with a cool old photo from Shorpy, taken at the intersection of 14th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Click the photo for a higher resolution image and share this one with your friends on Facebook.
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Edward M. Fossler's Tragic Death at the New Willard Hotel in 1903
This macabre story from the Washington Post in 1903 chronicles the tragic death of Edward M. Fossler, an elevator conductor at the New Willard Hotel. Learn more about this gruesome accident and the hotel that wasn't even fully complete yet.
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Calvin Coolidge: The Quiet Vice President Who Evacuated the Willard Hotel During a Fire
Calvin Coolidge was known to be an extremely quiet man. When he and his wife had to evacuate the Willard Hotel during a fire, he showed his true colors of kindness and good humor. Read the full story of how he stayed calm in a chaotic situation.
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The Downfall of Pat Garrett After His Disastrous Meeting with Theodore Roosevelt
In December 1905 Pat Garrett came to Washington to seek reappointment as customs collector. Unfortunately, he had lost his good standing with President Theodore Roosevelt by associating with Tom Powers. Teddy was incensed and Garrett was not reappointed. This began his gradual path to destitution and eventual murder in 1908.
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In Hotel Lobbies: Speaker Cannon Comments on Congressional Recess
Congressman Joseph G. Cannon of Illinois is considered by many as the most powerful Speaker of the House in American history. From 1903 to 1911 he was a congressman from Illinois, presiding over the United States House of Representatives. Congressman Joseph G. Cannon (Wikipedia) In December 1914, he was staying at the Willard Hotel. The Washington Post reported on him in their daily hotel...
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In Hotel Lobbies: Kicking off a New Category with the Story of Buffalo Bill in Washington, DC
Explore the history of Buffalo Bill in Washington, DC with the first entry in a new blog category, 'In Hotel Lobbies'. Learn about his Wild West Show, his friendship with Senator Warren, and his project to irrigate the Big Horn Basin.
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The Washington Senators Celebrate their 1924 World Series Trip at the Willard Hotel
Celebrate with the Washington Senators as they head to the 1924 World Series to face the New York Giants. Learn about the large party held at the Willard Hotel and how Walter Johnson, the star pitcher from Mount Pleasant, helped the team to victory.
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A Look into Washington DC's Streetcar Past
Travel back in time to Washington DC in the early 1900s and 1940s with these amazing YouTube videos. From postal workers and streetcars, get a glimpse into the District's streetcar past.
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