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Washington Times - July 28th, 1914

July 28th, 1914: Austria Has Chosen War

This is the front page of the Washington Times from Tuesday evening, July 28th, 1914, the day Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Source: Library of Congress
Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Robert Hall, group." in color

1918 in Color: Be Prepared

Shorpy always has great photos. You can spent way too much time digging through finding gems like this. The photo below is a scene replicating¬†Joseph Leyendecker’s BSA Liberty Loan poster for bonds during World War I. Gotta love these colorized...
1919. "U.S. Army. Return of Washington, D.C., soldiers." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Soldier Returns Home From World War I

Here’s a powerful photo. The soldier looks absolutely thrilled to be back and hold, what appears to be, his baby. The baby, on the other hand, not so thrilled to be handled.
French assault Germans in trench warfare

This Day in History: The Great War Delays D.C. School Opening

This is an interesting article from the Washington Times, dated August 8th, 1914, exactly 98 years ago today. World War I (i.e., the Great War) had been going for roughly two weeks and the paper reported the impact it would...
intersection of Potomac and Anacostia Rivers as mapped by Peter Hains in1891

Hains Point: How Did It Get Its Name?

Hains point is named for Peter Conover Hains. That was easy. You would know that if you checked Wikipedia, so I’m not really adding any value with this post. But if you go down there and enjoy the park, you...

Five-Year-Old Arrested for Getting His Kite Out of Tree

This is an odd story from the Washington Times. The paper reported on August 11th, 1908 the arrest of a young five-year-old. Yes, a little kid was arrested and it’s a bizarre story. Not only was he taken in by...
Lusitania sinking off the coast of Ireland (Ken Marschall)

1915 Lusitania Advertisement in Washington Post

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 on April 25th, 1915...
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 its luster in place...
Napoleon Bonaparte painting

If Walls Could Talk: Napoleon Relatives Lived on K Street?

You read that correctly. As in Napoleon Bonaparte … that is, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte III, the great-grandson of Jerome Bonaparte, Napoleon’s youngest brother. Oh, Jerome III was also the great-grandson of Daniel Webster. Impressive lineage. What set me down this...
Walter Reed Army Hospital flu ward circa 1919 (Shorpy)

Children Across D.C. Left Orphaned by Spanish Flu

I was researching a couple of stories and I came across an article that was so sad that I had to share it with you. It’s from the Washington Times on October 19th, 1918. The world was in the middle of...