Washington Post

December 31st, 1949

Half-Century Advertisement Celebrating Washington Post (1950)

This is a cool New Year’s advertisement that we found in The Washington Post December 31st, 1949. Click on it for a larger version.

Happy Thanksgivukkah, 1888

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving rarely overlap.  Among its 22 articles covering 2013’s “Thanksgivukkah” holiday mashup, the Washington Post reports that the convergence of turkey and latkes won’t occur again for 77,798 years. How did D.C. media report on this...
Friendship, the home of the McLean family

Why Is It Named McLean Gardens?

The land on top of which McLean Gardens was built originally was the estate of John Roll McLean (i.e., McLean, VA).

More About That Mysterious Photo of the Capitol “Painted” Red

Yesterday Tom shared a somewhat jarring photo of the Capitol dome — colored red.  It wasn’t something we had seen before, dating roughly to the late 1950s.  Unfortunately, we just didn’t have much information. After a...
Washington Post classifieds - Saturday, October 5th, 1895

October 5th, 1895: For Sale, Rent and Exchange

You can get lost in these old classified pages. This one is from the Washington Post on Saturday, October 5th, 1895. Turkish Baths anyone? Shampooer of twenty-two years’ experience. How can you turn that down?
Washington Post classifieds - March 29th, 1879

March 29th, 1879: Witness the Dawn of a New Era

Maybe this is a little hyperbolic, but that was the ad for the National Clothing Company, at the corner of 7th and D St. NW. Check out this page from the Washington Post classified pages on...
Circa 1902. "The Waldorf-Astoria, New York." The original, and somewhat forbidding, Waldorf at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. (Shorpy)

Officer Sprinkle Parties at the Waldorf-Astoria

Our favorite officer and the patron saint of Ghosts of DC, Officer Sprinkle, took a trip up to New York City with a group of 21 contest winners from The Washington Post. Twenty-one winners in the...
Washington Post sponsored "bulletin board" for the 1912 Boston AL vs. New York NL World Series. (Library of Congress)

Baseball Gameday Circa 1912

GoDCer Ben sent along a great photo of the Washington Post baseball scoreboard circa 1912 (the same year the Titanic sank). It’s remarkable how this low-tech scoreboard resembles our current day ESPN Gameday and MLB.tv.

A Brief History of Brunch in D.C.

About 5,500 weekends ago, Washingtonians woke up and lazily flipped through their newspapers.  It was Sunday, November, 11, 1906 and something bold and new was described for the first time in The Post: New Portmanteau Words....
Chastleton in the Washington Times - November 1st, 1919

The Chastleton: Parlors With Apogees of Luxury

I haven’t done one of these in a while … so, GoDCer Jon, this is for you. A quick Washington Post search uncovered an article about the buildings construction. This was published on June 15th, 1919...
a wild dog (source: the Internet)

Kingman Island Squatter Eaten by Wild Dog

Yowza! This is a crazy story that lives up to the title, albeit a brief story. I came across this in the Washington Post on October 25th, 1941. A few gnawed bones and a wild dog...
John Bruebaker's death certificate (Congressional Cemetery)

Georgetown Canal Boatmen Brawl; Brutal Fight Ends in Murder

I was poking around the archives of both The Washington Post and The Washington Times to come across a gem of a story to share and the one that caught my eye involved two Georgetown boatmen engaged...
The Bee Gees

Shrieks and Lasers for the Bee Gees

Rolling Stone just broke the sad news that Bee Gees co-founder Robin Gibb died today, succumbing to cancer. In the late 70s, the Bee Gees were on top of the world, owning the music industry. The...
Brookland homes advertisement in the Washington Post - May 10th, 1925

Brookland: New Six-Room Houses; Built-in Garages

Here’s an advertisement I found in the Washington Post. It’s from the mid 1920s and row houses were being sold throughout Brookland. Check out today’s view of the sample homes from the ad. The address is...
Glover Park homes advertisement in Washington Post - October 14th, 1928

Value Asserts Itself in Glover Park

Here’s a cool ad for homes in Glover Park in the late 1920s. The sample home was at 3833 Beecher St. NW, but the photo in the advertisement appears to be 3837 Beecher St. (according to...
Cathedral Highlands advertisement in the Washington Herald - June 23rd, 1907

Move to Cathedral Highlands: An Unobstructed View of the Entire Surrounding Country

It’s been a little while since we’ve done a “Reader’s Choice” post, so this one is for GoDCer Samantha, who tweeted the request to do something on Cathedral Heights. I also haven’t really done anything about that...
Pearl Harbor 1941

The Morning of Pearl Harbor

In Washington, late into the evening of December 6th, reporters worked their normal, likely frantic, hours and submitted their articles in time to be published the following morning. War had been raging in Europe now for...
Lusitania sinking off the coast of Ireland (Ken Marschall)

Book a Crossing on the Lusitania: The Fastest and Largest Steamer Now in Atlantic Service

This is another haunting discover, much like the advertisement I uncovered for the Titanic (also, read about the notable DC resident that went down with that ship). I came across an advertisement in the Washington Post...
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