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GoDCer Shares Film Footage of Washington in 1949

Check out this great footage out. This is from 1949, sent in by GoDCer Eric.

Thompson’s Dairy in D.C.

Here’s a cool documentary from YouTube on Thompson’s Dairy, formerly on 11th St. near U St. Thanks to GoDCers Alex and Richard, U St. residents and local history buffs, for sending this in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MIYvPo0xLQ
President Roosevelt at NIH

Rare Footage of FDR Dedicating the NIH

This is some great old footage of FDR dedicating the NIH back in 1940. Thanks to GoDCer Jeff for sending this in a while ago. It was originally posted on an NIH blog, Circulating Now, and...
REO Speed Wagon advertisement

REO Speedwagon Wasn’t Just a Band

I never thought about looking into the origin of REO Speedwagon’s band name, but alas, coming across this old advertisement in The Washington Post from November 1919 answered the question that I never asked. And now, you...

The Greatest Commencement Addresses in Washington, DC, Ever

It’s that time of year, again. Commencement speakers address graduating college and university classes, and inevitably their speeches are ranked, assessed, complimented, and criticized. This year, both NPR and Vox.com have compiled the best commencement speeches ever....

1921 Film of Italian General and Ambassador Visit to White House

We found this great old film footage at the Moving Image Research Collection at the University of South Carolina. It shows Italian Army General Armando Diaz and Italian Ambassador Rolando Ricci in front of the White...

1930s Film of Washington Senators Spring Training

Check out this great film footage from 1931 showing the Washington Senators during spring training. We found these at the Moving Image Research Collection at the University of South Carolina. And, here’s another great one of...

Great 1930s Film Footage of Washington, D.C.

Here’s a great film of Washington in the 1930s.

Film of 1968 Washington Riots

Here is an old film that we dug up at the National Archives. It’s from 1968, showing the devastation of the riots following MLK’s assassination.
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If Walls Could Talk: Super Liquor – House of Cards Edition

Like most of D.C., probably the country, we’re obsessed with House of Cards. It’s a little over the top, but sometimes that’s the beauty of it. Unfortunately, we don’t often expect movies about Washington to be...
President McKinley in Oakland (1901)

1901 Film of President McKinley and Parade Going to Capitol

What a cool video! This was a find on the Library of Congress website. Below is the description from the site. “This most excellent picture was secured at the junction of Pennsylvania Avenue and Fifteenth Street....

Ford Motor Company’s 1922 Educational Film About Washington, D.C.

This is a really interesting film that we found at the National Archives. It was made by the Ford Motor Company in 1922. Source: U.S. National Archives
Knickerbocker Theater disaster

Footage of 1922 Knickerbocker Theatre Disaster Aftermath

Many of you will be familiar with these images from the Knickerbocker Theater disaster. We haven’t yet written about it, but there’s an excellent write-up on it at here and at Greater Greater Washington.
1925 Washington Senators

Great Film Footage of 1925 World Series

Here’s a cool find from YouTube. The Senators lost the World Series to the Pirates, after having won the year before. Can you tell Ghosts of DC is getting excited for the 2014 baseball season?

Fascinating World War II U.S. Army Documentary About Alexandria

Now this is an interesting old film we found on YouTube. It’s a bit long, but if you’re from Alexandria, you’ll find it entertaining and recognize quite a few of the old buildings. What do you...

Film of Day in the Life of 1930s D.C.

This is a really cool old film that we dug up at the U.S. National Archives. Check it out and see what landmarks you can identify, then add them to the comments below.
The Evening Star - 1906

Snowy, Icy Morning Links

That snowstorm wasn’t as bad as we thought. I was really hoping for a mini-Snowpocalypse. You? Here are your morning links GoDCers! Animals love snow: You have to check out these photos of animals playing in...
Dulles Airport in 1962

Opening Dedication Ceremony of Dulles Airport in 1962

The airport was dedicated by President Kennedy and former President Eisenhower, a $110 million federal project, largely driven during the latter's administration.