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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Evening Star: 1921

Evening Star: 1921

District of Columbia circa 1921. The Washington Evening Star building at 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

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This is like old home week. I worked at the Washington Star, and later at the Post. The MLK's Washingtoniana section does have the card index from the Star, though this is by categories, with chronological entries, and the categories change through the years. It is from 1906-the seventies, maybe. Can't remember for sure. I think the plans to digitize the Star fell through for now, the last I heard. I believe that the Washington Post building may have been where that sign is. I think I've seen it on the Avenue in early pictures. As a native Washingtonian, albeit displaced, I love these old National Photo pictures especially.

Washington Star & streetcars

The Martin Luther King Memorial Library, a public library in downtown DC (a Mies van der Rohe Building) houses the paper archives in their Washington Room. Regarding streetcars, they might be coming back!!!

Evening Star

I worked for the Star as a newsie and a jumper, even tho I didnt know we were called newsies. The best part was winning contest and going to KFC. Didn't take much to please us.

Remember the Star well!

I read the Star years ago when I lived in D.C. (1960's) and it was the best. The other one I just loved was the Washington Daily News. Small paper but had lots of fun articles and games. Irony is my father worked for the Washington Post, he just loved it there, but the Post was always huge, and I could never really get into it.

I still live near DC, and miss the DC of the past so very much.

I used to also ride those streetcars mentioned here, and they were wonderful. They were cheap and fast. We lost the best of D.C. when they removed them.

I also remember when Washington was like any other small town, and believe it or not, it was actually a small town up until around the mid 60's. Neighbors hung over fences and talked about the Lincoln Roses they were planting, and yes, every yard had them. Entire streets were blocked off for ball games, hide and seek, and you played outside until very late in the summertime. Everyone sat on porches and watch the world go by. It was a fantastic City. (And still is)

The Washington Star photo archive

When they closed, they gave their archive to the District. I forget which branch it is. But there are several file cabinets full of photos.

Digitized DC papers

For some more trips to Washington, DC of the past the Library of Congress has their Chronicling America.

http://www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/index.html

Only covers 1890-1910 but there are some interesting DC area papers. You can see old real estate development ads and often there are pictures of the "new" developments like Petworth and "Saul Addition."

There are full-text database like "19th Century Newspapers" (Gale), which has US Telegraph, Washington Globe, Daily National Journal, and National Intelligencer. "Americas Historical Newspapers" which has 27 title for DC including the Washington Gazette, Globe, Washington Federalist, Daily National Intelligencer, Federal Republican, etc.

Washington Post in your face billboard

It is interesting that the Washington Post placed a billboard advertisement opposite their competition.

The visitors to this site frequently cite the Washington Post to clarify items in these photos; it is a shame that the Evening Star closed before its archives were digitized. The Star, an afternoon paper, predated the Washington Post and would be a valuable source of information about early Washington.

[Being out of business is no obstacle to a newspaper's being digitized. Hundreds of defunct old broadsheets from the 19th and 20th centuries are online in various archives. - Dave]

Washington Star

This picture is stirring a few memories.

My father started working summers beginning in 1967 when he was pursuing a post-secondary education at American University. He liked the job enough that he stayed after graduating. It was at this time the Star had some colorful events. He also went on strike with a few other coworkers. He was hired by the Washington Post when Star declared bankruptcy. I went to his workplace a few times when I was a kid. I can still smell the ink...

D.C. Streetcars

I'm digging the street cars moving down Pennsylvania Avenue. I didn't know there were any.

There is a Fogo de Chao restaurant in that building now. It was Planet Hollywood before. The Hotel Harrington is still there too.

Flags

I wonder why the flag on the Raleigh Hotel is flying at half mast. There's a lot to look at in this pic.

YMHA

One of the reasons I like this site so much is that, each day, it expands this small town boy's horizons. Had never encountered the Young Men's Hebrew Association. After a little Googling, I now know more than I did yesterday.

 
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