Archive for January 18, 2009

Then and Now

Posted in Presidents, Trains on January 18, 2009 by Kent

roosevelt-whistle-stopThen: President Roosevelt speaking from his train at Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1905 (Photo courtesy the Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division. #LC-DIG-ppmsca-18927)

obama-whistle-stopNow: As part of the 2009 Inaugural festivities, the whistle stop train passes through Edgewood, Md., on its way to Washington, D.C., the tour’s final destination. President-elect Barack Obama arrived in Washington around 6:30 p.m., January 17, but there was no formal celebration. (Preston Keres-The Washington Post)

The Wardman

Posted in Hotels, People on January 18, 2009 by Kent

Doorman at the Wardman ca. 1921. (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

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This Date in History

Posted in Beaux Arts, January, Municipal buildings on January 18, 2009 by Kent

January 18, 1909: A lighted match tossed into a wastepaper basket in the bacteriological laboratory in the Municipal building in the afternoon caused a small blaze which damaged the bookcases in that department. The hands of T. F. Ranney, an employee who endeavored to extinguish  the flames, were burned. He was taken to Emergency Hospital, where his hands were dressed.district-building