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House Chamber of the Capitol circa 1908, with a quorum of ghosts in this time exposure.

Photo of U.S. House of Representatives When Laws Were Once Passed

This photo shows the old United States House of Representatives in a time when laws were passed, senators would verbally spar on the floor, and spend the...

1848 Plan of the Senate Chamber

This drawing is a plan of the U.S. Senate chamber for the Thirtieth Congress. Source: Duke University
Congressional pages have snowball fight in 1923

Republicans vs. Democrats Congressional Snowball Fight

How fun is this old photo taken on December 14th, 1923? It shows a large group of boys who were Congressional pages on both...
proposed underground streetcar system - 1912

Original Subway Planned for Downtown D.C. in 1912

Much to our surprise, when doing some research on Metro and subway history in our city, we came across and article printed in The Washington...
freshman members of Congress 1947

Photo of Boyish Kennedy and Nixon

Whoa, this is cool. If you haven't seen this before, it's a photo from 1947 when both Kennedy and Nixon were member of the...
the Capitol Building

Stop Blaming Washington

Don't blame Washington for the failures of a dysfunctional Congress. We don't blame the city of New York for the financial implosion of 2008....
a proposed map of the federal district in Washington (1970)

1970 Plan to Cede D.C. Land to Maryland

Now this is interesting. It's part of the ongoing debate about home rule here, as well as D.C. statehood. How can we really be...
Members of the Republican baseball team of the House of Representatives parading around the field at American League Parkvideo

Republican Congressional Baseball Team Riding an Elephant … Seriously

This is a rather strange photo. It's of the Republican Congressional baseball team parading around the field at American League Park. The photo was taken...
Providence Hospital in the early 1900s (Library of Congress)

Lost History: Providence Hospital and the Story Behind Providence Park

The hospital still exists, but it's no longer in the original location. Providence Hospital once stood between 2nd and 3rd St. and D and...

Counting Electoral College Votes in 1917

This is another great photo, again from the Library of Congress. The caption states that it is the counting of electoral votes for the...

The Changing Fortunes of Pork in the District

This is a guest post by Rick. He also wrote a good one on the alley dwellings in Foggy Bottom. In recent years here in Washington pork has...
U.S. Senate subway circa 1915 (Shorpy)

The Senate Subway in 1915

If you work on Capitol Hill, you're going to find this one fascinating. This is the underground subway that many of you take between...
Ebbitt House in 1865 as photographed by Matthew Brady (Wikipedia)

Three Notable People Connected to Old Ebbitt

GoDCer and long-distance reader Ben sent in a request to do a little digging on local favorite Old Ebbitt Grill. The restaurant has a...
1914 Raush & Lang electric vehicle (Smithsonian)

U.S. House Bans Joy Rides in Government Automobiles

Amid the implosion of yet another DC council member this week (what part of public trust don't you guys understand?), it's only apropos to post...

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