Archive for February 27, 2009

Then and Now

Posted in Downtown, Farragut Square, Then and Now on February 27, 2009 by Kent

Buildings on the south side of the 1600 block of I Street NW. Including old Army Navy Club.Then: Buildings on the south side of the 1600 block of I Street, NW, ca. 1890s. (Photo courtesy the Historical Society of Washington, General Photograph Collection, #CHS 01435)

p1010004Now: The same stretch of I Street. None of the buildings date to the 19th century.


Obama’s Choose Portuguese Water Dog

Posted in People, Pets, Presidents on February 27, 2009 by Kent

portuguese-water-dogThe Obama family has finally made a decision on what kind of dog to get as the next first dog. As reported by WUSA9 yesterday, they are seeking a Portuguese Water Dog, hopefully from a shelter. 

A complication in choosing a dog has been that they’ve been needing a dog that is hypoallergenic because of Malia’s allergies. Portuguese Water Dogs are considered a good choice for those who suffer from allergies becauses they produce less dander than other breeds.

Now the fun begins. Michelle Obama has already publicly nixed a few proposed names for the next member of the family, so it will be interesting to see what name is ultimately chosen.

7th Street, NW ca. 1870

Posted in Chinatown, Penn Quarter on February 27, 2009 by Kent

Here’s a photo that shows how the area just north of the American Art/Portrait Gallery has really changed in roughly 125 years. The only building that is still there and easily recognizable is the Calvary Baptist Church at 8th and H Street.7th-street-ca-1870

A Smile for Friday

Posted in Petworth, Random Observations on February 27, 2009 by Kent

I saw this in a section of sidewalk on Warder Street and it really made me smile, so, I thought I’d share it.Godzilla with Ice Cream

Lost Washington

Posted in Downtown, Gas & Service Stations, Lost Washington on February 27, 2009 by Kent

This is a great image of a neighborhood long gone. The S. & M. Garage was at 1321 L Street, NW. Nothing on this part of L Street remains from when this photograph was snapped, which I’m judging to be ca. 1925. (Image courtesy Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs collection, image #thc 5a43596)S & M Garage

Streetcars to Return

Posted in Anacostia, Near Northeast, Street Cars on February 27, 2009 by Kent

streetcarI was very excited to read in yesterday’s Express that the D.C. Department of Transportation is moving forward with its plans to reinstate streetcars into our transit system. As has been reported before, the first phase will be along the waterfront in Anacostia, followed by an expansion down H Street, NE.

I know this is a somewhat hot topic, with many voices coming down strongly either pro or con streetcars. I tend to fall in the pro camp … especially as one of the proposed lines would go down Georgia Avenue. Also, I would much rather have light rail than busses (I’ve never heard of a streetcar swerving and cutting off a car in traffic).

If you want to see the Department of Transportation’s plans for the initial phases, as well as how they see the system looking by 2030, go here>>

Men’s Hats

Posted in Fashion on February 27, 2009 by Kent

Display window at 7th Street and Florida Avenue, N.W. (Aug. 1942)I stumbled across this photograph the other day, which is of a display window at 7th Street and Florida Avenue, N.W., taken in August of 1942. (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs collection, LC-USF34- 013446-C)

Other than being a great old photo, it does beg the question: What ever happened to men’s hats?

Occasionally I see a man in a nice hat, and I’ve certainly been thinking that I should get one of my own, but I don’t know where I’d go to find a good hat, let alone what style I should get.