videos

Film Footage of Washington in 1931

This is amateur 16mm film shot and uploaded to YouTube. The voiceover is amusing, but the scenes are a great step back in time over 80 years.

NBC Channel 4, Our Pride is Showing

Ahh, I miss the 80s. Don’t you? Related articles 1987 DC20 Sunday Matinee Theatre Opening (ghostsofdc.org) WUSA Sign-On 1988 (ghostsofdc.org) If Walls Could Talk: Chateau Bonaparte on K Street (ghostsofdc.org)

1987 DC20 Sunday Matinee Theatre Opening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZNX3mJBiVg If you couldn’t tell, today I’m feeling a little nostalgic about 1980s’ television. If you lived in the area back in the 80s, you’ll remember this. It’s the Sunday matinée opening for DC20 and the...
WUSA logo (Wikipedia)

WUSA Sign-On 1988

If you’re younger than about 25, you probably don’t know this, but not all television stations were 24 hours a day. Back in 1988, WUSA was one of those stations, and every morning when they would...
Michael Jordan on court at career finale

Michael Jordan Lands in D.C.

If you were living in D.C. in the fall of 2001, this was a big deal … although, there was a certain undertone of skepticism. Could he still play at the same level, despite being 38?...
Police call box at 13 1/2 and D St. NW in 1912 (Wikipedia)

Old Police Call Boxes of Washington

Most of you probably walk right by those old police boxes scattered throughout the city. Some of them have been turned into miniature art exhibits — like the ones in Mt. Pleasant. Check out the video...
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...
Capitol Building after World War I Armistace Day (DC Public Library Commons)

Washington Goes Wild to Celebrate Armistice Signing (1918)

Here’s an excellent photo from the DC Public Library Flickr photostream. This shows the Capitol Building fully lit up following announcement of the end of World War I. The end of the Great War has lost...
Janis Joplin (Wikipedia)

Janis Joplin Plays Merriweather Three Weeks Before Woodstock

After The Dead and The Police, I’m on a little bit of a concert kick and this one is pretty sweet. Janis Joplin played Merriweather back in 1969, three weeks before the defining moment of the...
1913 Washington Senators

A Tribute to Baseball and the Washington Senators

I love baseball — my first post ever was baseball-related — and baseball is back! Opening Day has passed (go Nats!) and the home opener is just around the corner. There is not better way to...

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...
Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen Rocks Washington … in 1980

I suspect you’re checking out the blog this morning thinking, hmm … something looks different. Well, I spent the bulk of my posting time this past weekend cleaning up the new design of the site. The...

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Hart Senate Office Building

Here’s another interesting video, giving you some history you probably don’t know. I’m also guessing a number of you work in or near this building. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xojtwf_hart-office-building_lifestyle Also, I very much remember the building being closed for...

Belgium v. Saudi Arabia: ’94 World Cup Game at RFK Stadium

It’s Sunday and you’re probably catching up on last week’s GoDC posts. Here’s a really quick one for you, and you’ll enjoy this if you’re a soccer fan. If you’re a casual fan, you may not...
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower: The First President Videotaped in Color (1958)

I came across this one on YouTube. This was the first time the President of the United States was videotaped and then broadcast in color. This is the earliest surviving color videotape. It was filmed on...
Chuck Brown

Chuck Brown: The Godfather of Go-Go

The weather is awesome today, so you should spend it outside, not reading this blog. You can come back and finish reading later in the afternoon. While you finish up your coffee and breakfast, check out...
Washington Bullets logo

That’s The Reason I’m a Bullets Fan

Old school Bullets fans will remember this post-Bel Biv Devoe jam from the ’94-’95 season … You Da Man! The Bullets were 21-61 that year. Ugh. Related articles VIDEO: Former Bullets Forward Tom Gugliotta Ejected From...
Anti-Saloon League slogan

Lips That Touch Liquor Shall Not Touch Ours

December 10th, 1913 — Over 4,000 Temperance movement and Prohibition supporters marched in Washington, demanding a new constitutional amendment banning alcohol consumption in the United States. A demonstration of this size had never been seen before. They marched...
Get Ghosts of DC by emailYou don't want to miss our best stuff in your inbox!