I am a native Washingtonian whose Dad was a career serviceman (Marine
Corps). We left DC in the '50s for various duty stations and returned in
1962. I left again for an Air Force career in 1970 and returned in 2000 to
get married. My fondest memories include:
1. Hymie's Restaurant on Arkansas Avenue and Allison Streets NW. The
BEST cheeseburger for miles and Mr. and Mrs.
Hyman were the nicest proprietors of a business you'd ever want to
meet. It is now an auto parts store...
2. The Tivoli Theater at 14th and Park Road. Saw many a feature there
and was happy to see them announce renovation
of this heretofore beautiful theater. It had been closed since the
riots of 1968.
3. Autumn in DC - no more needs to be said.
4. Rock Creek Park - my second home to be by myself, contemplate, etc.
5. The TV celebs - Bill Gormley for Popeye, Bill Johnson for the Three
Stooges, and of course, Willard "Bozo" Scott
6. My "formative years" at Theodore Roosevelt HS, Class of '69
7. Teenarama Dance Party, WOOK cookers, and WOL Radio
8. Grandparents old house at 2716 O Street NW in Georgetown - I can
still remember all the aromas of that house
9. Listening to the Carter Barron concerts from a distant vantage point
when I didn't have money for a ticket.
10. The "Teen Twist" sandwich from the Hot Shoppes....sesame seed
sliced ham, great sauce. It was GREAT!
Thanks for your site and, as Bob Hope used to sing, "Thanks for the
am writing a book on Chillum Maryland and I sure could use some help the
date are 1940-1973 that I am looking for and I have run into some dead ends.
Would you be willing to help me out?
you for your time,
was born in Georgetown Hosp (DC) in 1943. My mom & dad graduated
from Central High School in 1940. I cannot find Central High info.of
students on the internet. I have tried because my MOM (Barbara Avelar) now
82 1/2 years young would like to see if "Alice" is contactable.
She talks fairly often about the days and all those places mentioned on this
website. She truly enjoyed many things living downtown D.C. from 1932
to 1947. She mostly loved being able to just walk across the street or
down a ways or just hopping a street car to get something needed. My
father (James/ Jimmie Roy Williamson) died in 1998 (80 yo). He would
often talk about riding his Indian motorcycle around D.C. with his cousin.
I attended Northwester High School in Hyattsville, Md.- graduating 1961-- I
remember playing in the band & being in the JFK inaugural parade.
I also attended Glen Echo as a child on the street car ---GREAT FUN. I
remember the first McDonalds in the Hyattsville,Md. area. I
practically lived in Prince Georges Plaza (when it was open air & new).
My parents, Myself and several friends would go downtown D.C. for entertainment
almost weekly. During the 1960's we would visit the "Bavarian
restaurant" for GREAT authentic German food, beer and music.
My mom would play the violin (joining in with others for fun) German music
fun..... These times are greatly missed but thank goodness for the
WAS BORN IN OAK PARK, VA, MY FAMILY MOVED TO D.C. IN 1939. MY FATHER
WAS A FARMER AND HE SOLD CHICKENS AT THE OPEN MARKET ON THE WATERFRONT, WE
LIVED IN S,W, ON I ST. BETWEEN 6TH AND 7TH.I ATTENDED BOWEN AND
GREENLEAF ELEM. SCHOOLS, IN 1944 I WENT TO JEFFERSON JR. HIGH UNTIL
1947. I REMEMBER THE FERRY BOAT THAT WOULD CARRY YOU TO AND FROM
HAINES POINT FOR .10cents, THERE WAS A VERY NICE POOL THERE,THE
PEOPLES DRUG STORE AT 7TH BETWEEN D AND F STS. NEXT TO THE ASHLEY
THEATER, IT COST 50 CENTS TO SEE A MOVIE, WE CALLED THE THEATER
" THE ASH CAN" DOES ANYONE REMEMBER?I USED TO GO TO
THE DANCES AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE BEHIND THE THEATER. COST
.25 CENTS.MY HUSBAND WAS ALSO FROM S.W. HE LIVED AT 11TH STREET
WHERE ALL THE OPEN MARKETS WERE, WHEN WE WERE MARRIED AND HAD OUR
CHILDREN EVERY WEEKEND WE WENT TO THE OPEN AIR THEATERS ON INDIAN
HEAD HWY, ABC, AND THE SUPER CHIEF COST FOR A CAR LOAD JUST 1.00
DOLLAR. "MEMORIES ARE PRICELESS "
E. McCuin and Chuck McCuin
WAS BORN FEB 29 /1928 AT 720 F ST SW WENT TO SCHOOL AT AMIDON JEFFERSON
AND McKINLEY TECH MOVED TO 612 MARYLAND AVE .UNTIL 1948 MOVING TO
GLENDALE MD.FROM 1941 UNTILL 1945 THE CAPITOL WAS BLACKED OUT BECAUSE OF WAR
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SIGHT I EVER SAW WAS THE NIGHT THEY TURNED THE LIGHTS ON
THE CAPITOL BUILDING.THE AREA THAT I LIVED IN IS ALL PARKING LOTS NOW.VERY
BEAUTIFUL TOWN. MAY GOD BLESS ALL.DON&SHIRLEY POATS PS
I MISS THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS AND THE KIDS FROM OUT OF TOWN SCHOOLS AT HAINES
was born at the old Georgetown Hospital on 35th St. in Georgetown which has
been a dormitory for Georgetown University students for many years. We
had free tuition at Holy Trinity Grade School and annually purchased used
books. Our lunch room provided milk, chocolate or white milk but nothing
else and we carried a tin metal lunch box to school every day. All of
the classes were taught in the forties by Sisters of Mercy based at Mt. St.
Agnes in Baltimore. My Times Herald Paper route ran through the
east side of Wisconsin Avenue all the way over to the park that was used by
only black folk. around 27th Street. The newspaper was 5 cents and
the Daily News was 3 cents. Georgetown had a trolley that ran down
P Street and took passengers as far as Glen Echo. When the trolley would
stop near Teahan's Cafeteria on 36th Street, university students would rush to
it and shake it back and forth. Children would ride their two
wheel bikes to school and the trolley tracks were especially dangerous since
tires would get caught in the grooves of the tracks and throw children from
their bicycles. Parts of Georgetown were very poor especially near Rock
Creek Park. On Easter Monday every year, large numbers of families
would go to Montrose Park and roll Easter eggs regardless of how cold it was.
My father as a boy in the 1920s worked for Eleanor Walsh McLean who owned the
Hope Diamond. As a boy he would fetch tennis balls at their estate on
Wisconsin Ave and R Streets for a nickel a piece during matches they would
hold for friends. FDMC
Born in '37 and raised in NW, 3 blocks from the White House. I attended
Grant Elementary on 22nd & G Sts., Gordon Jr. High and Western High on
& R St, as did my siblings.
My family never missed a parade or celebration since we were within walking
distance of Constitution Ave. and the monuments. At about age 3, I
remember when Pres. Roosevelt died and the slow, somber parade. It was a
cold, gray day and people were crying all around me. The black riderless
horse with the boots set backwards in the stirrups is still very vivid in
During the war there were searchlights roaming the skies, and blackouts.
My parents were air raid wardens. When the sirens sounded an alert they
would walk up and down the street knocking on neighbors' doors if you could
see the slightest beam of light shining from their windows. They did this
until the 'all clear' was sounded. I have my mother's official air raid
warden card along with food ration stamps.
- the annual school patrol parade. A local store ran an ad for parade
uniforms showing a chubby girl, a slender girl and a boy - I was the chubby
kid! I have the original ad. Police Officer Arthur Miskell (sp.?) went
around to the grade schools teaching safety to the students with his
wonderful charcoal drawings.
- the roller skating rink where the Watergate complex is
- the Annual Dogwood Festival at Gordon Jr. High, a big deal if you were
nominated for Queen or Princess
- hanging out after school at Jack and Charlie's with the cool kids or The
Pharmacy with the nerdy kids
- end of school sorority/fraternity beach parties at Ocean City.
- street cars changing from underground to overhead wires on Wisconsin
Ave. below Q St., the rickety bridge on the way to Glen Echo, the Maryland
side of Great Falls, Jack's Boat House on K St. before the Whitehurst
Freeway was built; Georgetown Playground, my home away from home in the
summer, the P St. park, back when being 'gay' meant being happy.
- the department stores with their beautiful Christmas decorations, having
lunch with my mother on the balcony overlooking the main floor of Woodie's,
or in The Tea Room at Hecht's where good manners were a must.
- the Earl, Keith's and Capitol theaters. One had an organist who played
songs projected onto the screen so you could sing along with the bouncing
I hope my memory serves me well. My reminiscing is not in any particular
order, just as they came to mind. I could go on and on with fascinating
stories from my mother (1909-1996), one being as a young girl she was
forbidden to pass a particular house around 18th & K Sts. because,
according to gossip, Pres. Harding kept his mistress there, and that there
was a lovely sandy beach where the Tidal Basin is, and that sheep grazed on
the White House lawn.
Joan Rogers Kidwell
Joan R. Kidwell
Fertility & Family Statistics Branch
Room 2351, Bldg.3
geez, all these Maryland people! Virginians unite! I remember when there was
only a meat locker plant at Tyson's. the old nightingale club on rt. 1 (dad
was a bouncer), further down rt. 1 near Woodbridge, storybook land; Swenson's
ice cream in old town (before anything else was there except the boat
club)--the new circumferential highway--old, old glass-topped gas pumps at
the corner of van dorn and Franconia roads--herb's field (Edison high
school woodsies)--into dc, grandmother's (row) house on Reno road, (embassy
kids as playmates...anybody speak English?)--Kirby Scott dance show after
school on tv (local?)--Willard Scott as bozo and Ronald McDonald--the blue
room at the shoreham (now appearing, the inimitable george kirby)--the
'toilets' on u street: after hours clubs, don rickles, Steve Lawrence (young
air force lieutenant, stationed here and living across the street from the
blue mirror)--the pageant of peace on the mall at Christmas--(season's
greetings from wtop at broadcast house)--the p street beach--the severed leg
with elephantiasis at the medical museum--first summer trips to kitty hawk
in the early sixties (winks was the only store)--Steven Windsor, Cohen's
quality shop, the Scotland house, tip top ties at landmark (for cool
collegiate clothes), Hahn's shoes (for bass weejuns)--reed theatre, Richmond
playhouse--Eddie Leonard sandwich shops--tops sirloiner--the sugar bowl on
mount Vernon avenue--the little carryout on Henry street. that checkerboard
water tower at Potomac yards-- the strip joint on Hume avenue (Steve's
restaurant a couple blocks up rt. 1)--kaus barbeque near the roller rink,
the roller rink--the rope swing under the grandstands at g.w. high--the
shriner circus at g.w. high--santullos grocery--the dunk and dine restaurant
on duke street, herby's ford on duke street--kirchner's florist on duke
street--the world war one tank at the train station--the mammoth commissary
at Cameron station--pohick church--the boulevard to mount Vernon-------
Thanks so much for the memories.. this is just wonderful..
Remembering the theater on 9th street was the "Gadie" I think.. and
of course you avoided that area at all cost.. I remember the Hot Shop's on
Road Island Avenue, the Jessie theater, Village theater, and the Sylvan
Theater, where for 25 cents you could go to a matinee and see all the heroes
like Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, all of the serial movies.. You could not
wait to see how the movie would end by going every Saturday just to see where
the good guys got the bad guys, and how the theater full of kids would just
screams when the good guys came along to save who ever was in trouble. I
remember going with my two sister and I on the streetcar and riding to Glen
Echo, going to downtown to Hecht Co, Lansburg, Woodies and looking at
all the windows, and how they were dress.. Especially at Christmas time when
all the windows were decorated with animated charters that moved and it was so
wonderful. I remember going to the Palace and Capital theaters for
a movie and stage show.. What wonderful memories.. remembering Glen Echo,
going on the boat rides off of the 7th street wharf, and I am not sure
but I think there was some kind of boat ride from Glen Echo, the Frozen
Custard on Road Island Avenue. I went to St. Martin's Grad School, Taft
and then McKinley High School, graduated in 1955. Oh I could go on
and on. Thanks for making my day by allow me to go thru memory
came across this website quite by accident and was amazed. I have been
away from the D.C. area since late 1969. A lot of my memories of
the names of places from my childhood had turned into a blurr until I
started reading this website. I have shared so many of the same
experiences most of you have. Reading this site brought them back to
life for me. Thank you.
was born at Doctors Hospital in DC in 1945. My father was a cab driver
for the Diamond Cab Company. For a while he ran a DGS grocery in
northeast DC but went back to cab driving later. He also had his
own sightseeing guide business in DC and I got to go with him when he'd take
people on tours of the city. We had so much fun visiting Mt. Vernon,
the monuments, the White House, etc.
mom and I would always take the bus downtown for window shopping and lunch
at least once a month on Saturdays. Sometimes we would go to one
of the theaters too. I remember Hechts, Woody's , Landsburgs and
Garfinkles. I remember looking in the windows at the womens suits,
fancy dresses and hats and thinking how fancy and grown up they
were. I was probably all of 6 or 7 years old at the time. I
remember being led by the hand though the perfume department of department
stores and into the elevators where there was an actual person operating it.
I remember the extra gate type door inside the elevator, the operator had to
open first before letting us out. I also remember my first escalator
of the places we ate was in a department store that had a cafeteria that was
on a balcony overlooking the floor downstairs. I can't remember the
name of the store but I remember always getting cup custard for desert every
time I went. My mom also took me to see the Christmas decorations
and animated Christmas characters in the store windows during the holidays.
anyone remember stopping at the Planters Peanut store downtown. We
would get a small bag of peanuts there. I also remember the man
without legs on the wooden rolling platform, who had the little
monkey who begged. I remember another man whose body was so twisted up
and deformed he couldn't raise his head up sitting on the sidewalk too.
It seems surreal now and unfair that someone like him had to do that.
lived on Lyman Place in northeast D.C. and then moved to Takoma Park,
Maryland. Again, most of the places mentioned on this site are places
I've been. It seems a lot of our lives have paralled each other just
from having lived in the same area. I remember faithfully walking to
Rosedale Recreation Center in the summer and swimming in their pool. I
remember two twin brothers who were lifeguards there and taught me how to
swim. Their names were Roger and Roderick. I remember playing in a
vacant lot across Bladensburg Road that we called Goodies Lot. We
played cowboys and Indians and hid in the trees. I remember walking a
long ways by myself to a theater (I think on 17th Street, N.E. for
the Saturday matinees). Several people on here have mentioned how safe
it was back then to do that. Amazing huh? I remember a
restaurant further north on Bladensburg Road that our dad would take us for
Friday night dinner. I think it was called something like the S &
W Buffeteria. I always got fried chicken, mashed potatoes and mustard
or collard greens. I remember skating at the Bladensburg Roller Rink
with my best friend.
remember my Flexible Flyer (I think) sled and sledding down the icy steep
side street in the winter with the neighbor kids. I also
remember a fruit vendor driving down the back alley with watermelons in a
horse drawn carriage in the summer time.
moved to Takoma Park, MD when I was entering 6th grade. I went to
Takoma Park Elementary and then we moved again. I went to J. Enos Ray
Elementary School near Langley Park. Then back to Takoma Jr.
High. I spent one year at Montgomery Blair High School in 1961/1962 and
moved to PA.
anyone remember Pope's Creek in Southern Maryland. They had the best
spiced steamed crabs. Also the wildness of Solomon's Island back then?
I understand it's all a resort type area now. I went to summer camp at
Camp Kaufman on the Chesapeake Bay and never forgot that wonderful summer.
It was near Dare's Beach I believe.
about the Watchaprague Seafood Restaurant in Silver Spring, MD. It was
just a small place but they had good fried oysters. I'm trying to
think of places no one has mentioned.
high school my girlfriends and I would go to the Silver Spring Armory for
the dances. I remember Barry Richards, the DJ and WDON. I used
to take long walks in Sligo Creek Parkway. There were so many pretty places
to go there close by my home. That was my "getaway" place
when I wanted to be alone.
could go on but most everyone has mentioned places I've been already.
I just want to say thank you to whoever created this website. It
helped me realize my childhood was very special afterall and was being
shared by so many people who treasure the same memories.
HAVE MANY MEMORIES I WAS BORN IN GEORGETOWN HOSP (THE OLD ONE) JULY 1940
I LIVED AT 2912 M STREET UNTIL I WAS 6 YEARS OLD MY DAD WAS A STREETCAR DRIVER
ON THE WEEK ENDS HE WOULD COME BY
OUR HOUSE AND PICK ME UP AND I WOULD RIDE WITH HIM FOR THE DAY
HE HAD THE GLEN ECHO PARK RUN I REMEMBER AT THE END OF THE LINE HE WOULD MOVE
TO THE OTHER END OF THE STREETCAR AND GO THE OTHER WAY. WE LIVED IN
ARLINGTON AND SW . I WENT TO JEFFERSON JR HIGH AND THEN TO WESTERN WE MOVER TO
MC ARTHUR BLVD ...MY DAD DROVE A BUS AFTER TH EY TOOK THE STREETCARS OUT..WHEN
I MARRIED BOTH OF MY CHILDREN WERE BORN IN WASHINGTON ALSO AND I LIVED ON THE
BLVD...I REALLY ENJOYED READING ABOUT ALL THE PLACE AND I REALLY THOUGH ABOUT
THINGS I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT JOY
thought you might like to enjoy a memory! Feel Free to show your guests! Thank
you for the site. Artist Thomas O. Nichols www.galleryinndetail.com
am 63 and right after WWII my Dad took a job with an xray company in DC and
we lived in a brand new cape cod on Grant Avenue off of Capital View Park.
I believe it was midway between Silver Spring and Kensington. I went
to 1st and 2nd grade at Woodlawn - then they changed us to going to
Kensington (do not remember what the elementary school's name was) and from
there because I had a hard time paying attention - was sent to St. John's
Catholic School on Georgia Avenue. Well, they were too stern and I was
enrolled at Oakland Terrace where I went to the 6th grade (back then - elem
schools were Kindergarten through 6th grade) - then I went to Montgomery
Hills Jr. High School which I understand has not existed for at least 30
some years. In 1956 right after I graduated from the 9th grade - my
Dad was transferred to Cincinnati, Ohio; and I have lived in the Midwest
since then except for a period of about 8 years when I lived in Phx, AZ and
I can remember walking to school at Oakland Terr - there used to be a big
dirt field behind us and it was alway quicker to cut across that dirt field
than having to walk down the back path to the ball fields and past the rec
center to get to Grant Ave. I have a lot of good memories growing up
there - since our subdivision was brand new, Grant Ave, Loma Lane, and Day
street all dead ended into a woodsey park area and the neighborhoods in the
summer used to play "forts" in amongst the dead fallen trees.
Back then we did not need all these computer games the kids have nowadays to
occupy our time. I truly do not believe the children of today have
nearly the imaginations for entertaining themselves as we did back in the
trips to Sears in DC and the donuts they used to sell; then on the way home,
the Hot Shoppe stop - this was a family thing a couple times a month.
I remember Mom going to A & P grocery and having to come home by taxi
with the groceries and us 3 kids.
had a couple girl friends (lost touch with them after 1957) that I would
love to know if they are alive or not - Lorraine McCullough and Linda
Whiting (their names in 1956).
am going to close this for now because I could write a book of my memories
and it is late.
many shared memories here.... How about the old wooden B&O RR
Trestle outside Silver Spring. I don't know if its still
there but its a wonder I'm here having "played" there often in
the late '50s... shades of _Stand by Me_.
that were born and raised in Washington prior to the 1968 riots, has to
remember how beautiful Washington, D.C. was and still is, except for all that
traffic now. I grew up in Mount Pleasant. We walked to the National Zoo,
road our bikes to downtown DC using the Parkway, got my first job as a message
operator at the Shoreham Hotel. Great pastries at the Watergate pastry
shop. Sundays, Jack's Boat House, underneath K Street, good people Jack
and Lee Baxter, great bar-b-ques, taking the boat down to the Lincoln Center
to watch the symphony on the waterfront. How many remember the best place
to buy jeans, "Up against the Wall" in Georgetown. Another
great place to buy clothes and where I used worked La'Straga on Wisconsin
Avenue. How many remember the Great snow storm, no traffic and everyone
using the streets to walk instead of the sidewalk. The Big Cycle shop is
still in Georgetown, Georgetown Cabinet and Finishing Co. down the street
from the Big Cycle Shop, owner Emerson Martin passed away, but always had his
door open to great travelers and walkers, who were using the C&O
towpath. One of them Jackie Kennnedy and Caroline. Used to see Ted
Kennedy drive from his estate in McClean, Va. to DC in his
convertible. The beautiful estates that graced the area, The
Merriweather Post Estate, The Westmoreland Estate, and now the Rockefeller
Estate. With me, Doctor's hospital is long gone, made medical history
there, thank you Dr. MacNamara for saving my life and 4 years later, Dr.
Charles Hufnagel from Georgetown Hospital. So many memories and some
great times. One can write a book. BayWaves2@aol.com
site. Have so many memories of DC it's impossible to remember them
all. Moved to DC from Miami in 1949, however, my parents and I
spent considerable time here during the summers between 1934 and 49. My
father and mother had a seasonal business in Palm Beach and always came
north for the summer.
rented a big house at 21st & P Sts NW and my parents started a
business in the Ring Building. I went to Gordon Jr High and was
woefully behind in everything since all my schooling had been in Florida and
I was always pulled out of school early to come north or returned to FL.
after school had started. I opted for McKinley rather than
Western. Friends, Harry and Jerry Wong were going there. I
was in that goofy February 53 class of 46 students. Yes, I was in
the Cadets. I joined the Coast Guard Reserves in July 1952 to
avoid the draft. In July 1952, I got sent to Ellis Island by mistake
instead of Boot ?Camp. I ran the scoreboard at Griffith Stadium in
1952 (I was actually excused from school for this). A friend of
mine, Donald Knight, was running the board and got drafted. He used to
drive to the stadium with Eddie Yost. Going thru the office and seeing
old man Griffith in these immense card games with the cigar smoke o
thick you could hardly see.
friend of mine used to play the drums and we got invited everywhere.
The Italian/American Club and the after hours clubs in the alleys
around St Anthony's. I also played .softball for the Canadian Embassy
Team with Washie(?) Brasher - a bandleader who played at Glen Echo. He
also wrote a book about his experiences with the House un-American
Activities Committee. Other friends were Igor Gamow. Louis Drew,
John and Jackie Douglas. I will try and put together a decent blurb
and send it in to you.
You have a nice site. It’s fun to occasionally recall all those memories.
was born at GarfieldHospital (was located at Florida Ave at 10th Street, NW), and lived near RudolphElementary School until 1956. I
Attended Rudolph Elementary, Paul Junior High, and Roosevelt High, then moved
to Silver Spring
and transferred to Blair.
earlier contributor “Nancy” mentioned seeing Jane Powell at the Capitol
Theater. I was there as well on a night Jane Powel appeared. Jane had the
bluest eyes. However, she didn’t wink at me as she did for Nancy. Lowe’s Palace and
Capitol theaters were quite grand movie and stage performance theaters (these
were at 1306 and 1328 F Street
respectively). I believe they both originally had large pipe organs. The
Capitol was probably the more opulent of the two.
are a few more, random, recollections of life in the DC area:
shoe-fitting x-ray device (shoe fitting
fluoroscope) at Ida’s Department Store (Georgia Ave and Longfellow Street, NW).
Claimed to ensure proper shoe fit. It also ensured a large dose of
we needed a physician, everyone in our neighborhood went to old Doc Courtney
(Francis Xavier Courtney, MD), at his house, 4th Street and Missouri Ave, NW
bus to Federal Triangle (I think it was the J-6) and the transfer to the Glen
was afraid of Polio and Iron Lungs¾at
least I was
to Arthur Godfrey and Fibber
McGee and Molly on the radio
to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
on the radio each Christmas eve
home from RudolphElementary School
and watching Kate Smith and Howdy
Evening Star’s Golden Gloves
Tournaments at Turner’s Arena and Uline Arena
Cavalcade of Sports
Friday night fights on TV
boxing at Soldiers Home andcoach Paddy Kane
really hot days, a guy would come and block off Ingraham Street
and attach a spray to the fire hydrant. We (kids) would squeal as we ran back
and forth under the spray
Sealtest milk trucks and drivers
who gave the kids ice in summer
little cardboard paper lids on the glass milk bottles
guy named Tony who walked the
alleys ringing a bell and offering to sharpen knives and scissors
pants, blue suede shoes, and sweater vests that buttoned at the bottom
“pit” at Coolidge High (this was actually an access road off of 3rd Street)
neighborhood had the original Hofberg’s (Kennedy Street
between 1st and 2nd Streets, NW), and during the late 40s/early 50s we ate
probably a ton of their hotdogs and drank their cream sodas. Wylie’s Ice
Cream was across the street and bit farther down the block (across from the
Drug Store soda fountain (1st and Kennedy Street’s
NW), always had yellow cake with chocolate icing in a glass covered stand on
the counter. We washed that down with a coke (5 cents).
trucks delivering coal for our furnace. We had to transport the coal to the
coal bin in the garage in bushel baskets.
afternoons at the Kennedy Theater
(the movie house between 3rd and 4th Streets)
summer evenings they draped a big white cloth on the side of RudolphElementary
and showed Three Stooges movies
Marty Marion (Rawlings) baseball
glove stolen from my bike while I was at Kenner
& Membert’s Drug Store soda fountain (That was a significant
emotional event and important life lesson¾protect
and the smell of fresh bread from the Wonder
Washington Senators rented a house
in our block in the early 50s (Sam Mele and Mickey Harris) and even though
they were backup players we kids often hung out in front of their house hoping
to talk with them. Their wives would send us on errands to the store for them.
during the bus and then streetcar rides to Roosevelt
High so I wouldn’t wrinkle my DC
Cadet Corps khaki uniform (troops in wrinkled uniforms received
gigs/demerits at inspection)
annoyed that kids in Maryland got off school when it
·Tours of the FBIBuilding
riding throughout RockCreekPark from the Watergate
Stables, and later, at the Rock
Creek Stables on East West Highway, Silver Spring
at the Takoma Pool (next to Coolidge
at the Silver
Spring and Hyattsville
Armory’s, and at St Frances
de Sales on Rhode Island Ave
two Silver Spring Hot Shoppes (one
just across the DC line on Georgia avenue, and the other on Colesville Road)
dancing: The Admirals band,the Van Dyke (Pennsylvania Ave
across from GW), the
Keg, the Circus, and the
evening shift for Capitol Airlines
at old Washington National Airport
Main Navy and MunitionsBuildings on Constitution Avenue
proposed there in the main concourse outside the Blue Room. Nina made me get
down on one knee. I was painfully aware of two old ladies sitting huddled
together nearby watching us. It was a Norman Rockwell moment
·Ocean City, Maryland,
Bobby Baker built the Carousel at
118th Street, Ocean City, and many thought he was nuts to build way out there.
thought of Mighty Mos and Hot
Fudge Ice Cream Cakes at the Hot
Shoppe still makes me smile.
Nats!!! Actually, I have been a Yankees fan my whole life, but hey, this
e-mail is about DC. Moreover, the National’s are doing really well.
addition, good luck with your genealogical “brick walls.” Genealogy can be
a daunting quest.
reading all the way to page 9, I feel like a minority being a baby boomer.
I was born in Washington, DC in 1955. By 1960 I was 5 years old, and was 15
in 1970. My entire childhood is mostly about the 60's, and my entire life in
that era was lived in Washington, DC.
While I did so enjoy reading the memories of those who lived in DC during
the 40's and 50's (and some even earlier! Glad you can remember!) I would
really love to connect up with someone who remembers DC in the 60's.
I was 8 years old when Martin Luther King made his famous speech, "I
Have a Dream" from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in 1963. I
remember our school sending everyone home when John F. Kennedy was
assassinated. I remember the race riots following the assassination of King,
being afraid to go outside, watching the National Guard carrying rifles
with bayonets walking along Pennsylvania Ave, from the window of my
home on Capitol Hill in SouthEast.
My first amusement park visit was not Glen Echo, but Marshal Hall, and
we went there on the SS Mt. Vernon, which later became the Wilson Line. Yes,
I remember People's Drug Store, High's Ice Cream, and Little Tavern, but I
also remember Sunny's Surplus, where I and my brothers spent a great deal of
our allowances. We caught sunfish in the Tidal Basin, played at the US
Capitol grounds, and spent untold hours on the Mall, which was not a
shopping center but a strip from the Capitol to the Monument where most of
the Smithsonian museums are.
Trolley, or streetcars as we called them, were already a thing of the passed
by the time I was in 3rd grade, but the horse troughs remained throughout
the decade along Pennsylvania Ave. And yes, I even remember horse drawn
wagons selling watermelon in the summertime, as well as the Good Humor man
making rounds in the same neighborhoods.
I went to St. Peter's School, a Catholic school that had grades 1 to 8, near
St. Peter's Church, on the other side of the Ave from the Library of
Congress. (You can actually see it from there on some of the post card
I wish to hear from anyone who can relate to being in DC during the heyday
of Civil Rights to the Hippy Era, and especially from anyone who has spent
time at Wisconsin Ave and M St. at the close of the decade.
husband is James T. (Tommy)
. He lived in SW with his 3
sisters, Betty Jean, Doris and Elizabeth. He
would like to contact Tom Slattery, they both
went to Jefferson, who contributed to your memories – Page 2, 2of7.
you help with this contact information?Thank you, Judith Grimes Harrison (I am from PG County).
2853 Ridge Road
response to the "Rabbit" on tv...I believe his name was Oswald.
response is for Kathie Jones Hudson
what a great website.
anyone remember the Chevy Chase Lake swimming pool on upper Connecticut Ave.
To me it was like having a swimming pool in the middle of a "small
city". Eventually took my children there as well...I believe it
was filled-in in the '70's'.
lived in N.W. D.C.....20th street. Our house was on a 45 degree angle
hill!!! In the winter, when I was around 5 or 6 we'd sled down the
hill where there would always be policeman at the bottom to direct us (or
"deflect" us) and keep oncoming traffic away. Our woolen
snowsuits would get sopping wet and cold and, I swear, at the end of the day
they would weigh more then we did! Could you imagine that today!
remembers on F Street the Capital, Palace, Columbia and Metropolitan movie
theatres? There was also the Pic (Pix?) theatre, but we kids were
forbidden to go there...(of course, we went there)!
was a kid's show with hosts, Hardin and Weaver...I sang a song...scared to
death...but they were as nice as they could be.
anyone remember the Lotus Club...across the street, sort of, from the
Trans Lux theater. I had my first drink there...a Pink Lady...I was SO
cool!! Got sick later.
Kresges and Murphy's 5 & 10's..on F. St, I think there was
something like them called "Grants" too, anyone know?
went to John Quincy Adams, ES, Gordon Jr. HS and Western HS...then moved to
New Orleans. Eventually returned, married and settled in Maryland.
mother loved Reeves restaurant on F.St., they had fabulous sandwiches with
"shredded" lettuce on them instead of "leaves of
lettuce". I "shred" to this day. It was sort of
like a tea room, as well. Ladies wore hats and gloves and little girls
(like me) wore patent leather Mary Jane shoes, white socks and hand smocked
dresses, and little boys wore knickers and white shirts and DID NOT
swing there legs back and forth under the table! Now it's "grab and
growl" at a fast food place.
will be a part of me forever.
of my memories are already on Page 9, but I'd like to add a little more to
them. I remember the segregation not being as bad in D.C. as it was when
I left for Miami, Florida in 1949 to meet my then husband where he gotten us
an apartment and I had to close up the apt. in D.C. I waited in
the Greyhound Bus station in D.C. and was sitting next to a wonderful older
Black lady and we became very friendly! When we got on the bus, I sat in
the back seat with her and was sharing lunches we had brought with us.
When we got to Woodbridge Va, the bus driver stopped and motioned to me and
said, in a very gruff manner,"Young lady you will have to come to the
front of the bus now, you're in MY part of the country!! I politely said
no, that I liked where I was sitting and enjoying the company of my new
friend, and I wouldn't move. Well, he drove on until the drivers had to
change shifts. He told the oncoming driver that I was sitting in the
back and he couldn't make me move. Well, the new driver tried the same
tactics and I stayed put all the way to Miami!! When I got my first
job in Miami in a shoe store, this same little old lady came in one day and
asked if she could have a drink of water. It was really hot. I
said of course and we struck up our friendship again, and I told her to sit
down in one of the chairs where you tried on shoes. The manager told me
I couldn't do that, but I did. I think I was Rosa Parks in reverse, but
I didn't understand treatment like that of any person. D.C. wasn't as
bad as the rest of the South. What a shame!! Ann Lederman firstname.lastname@example.org
anyone remember old high school baseball? coolidge 1948-1949 - federal
storage, joe branzell, etc. any memories in that area would be great!
I have just finished reading ALL of the pages in Washington D. C. Memories. My father and I were trying to remember the names of all the movie theaters in D. C. "back in the good old days". We remembered the shows at the Palace, the Capital theater and the RKO Keith, but, we are certain there was another one down a block or two from the Palace. Does anyone know the name of this one?
I was born at the Columbia Hosptal for Women in 1943. I grew up on North Capitol St., N.W. and lived there until we moved to Silver Spring in 1958. I attended Whittier Elementary School, Paul Jr. High and Coolidge High School, but, graduated from Northwood in 1961. I have so many of the same memories as many others who have written before me, but, the best memory of all was the Hot Shoppe on Georgia Ave. at the district line! Every Friday night, I would attend a club meeting (ABG) at someone's house and then walk with a group of girls to the Hot Shoppe. I met up with other girlfriends who were in different clubs. We would order french fries with gravy or chocolate chip ice cream or a hamburger. The hamburgers came with a thin slice of dill pickle across the burger. Yummm. Does anyone remember Miss Ferguson? She was the hostess and used to stand guard at the door. She was not a happy camper watching all of us teenagers have our fun.
I remember dances at the Silver Spring Armory and at the Beth Sholom synagogue. We would walk to the Hot Shoppe after these dances too. Imagine anyone walking at night in this day and age; especially teenagers.
I, too, took the bus downtown with friends. We would take the K8 and transfer to the K4 which let us off in front of Neisner's. We always went in there for a lipstick and a piece of pizza. We would just walk around and window shop all afternoon. We were only 12 or 13 then, and, we were SAFE!
I also danced on the Milt Grant show and my sister was on the Pick Temple show. When I was 14, my friend, Myra and I used to go to the JCC at 16th and P Streets and dance until sweat was dripping off of our faces. We would take the bus down 16th Street to the Hot Shoppe.
My mother worked at Hecht's in the toy department every year before Christmas. She was a toy demonstrator. I bought my wedding dress at that store. She was working there when President Kennedy was assinated and saw the news while going through the appliance department. I have so many memories of Christmas time in D. C. Of course, we all crowded around the windows at Woodies. And, as someone else mentioned...the Wellsley fudge cake was the best. The bakery was located near the parking garage, so, you just HAD to purchase one on your way to your car.
I walked home from Paul Jr. High almost every day. Sometime, my mom would surprise me and pick me up. Some days, I walked with my friend, Phyllis, to the Kennedy Korner where she would get the bus, and, I would continue my walk.
Marshall Hall, Glen Echo, Mayo Beach, field trips to all of the art galleries and memorials...these are all memories of growing up in Washington...and...they are the best memories. I am grateful to have lived in such a wonderful place.
I was born in SW Washington, DC on Virginia Avenue in 1936. I remember Glen Echo, Haines Point swimming pool. I went to Amidon, Fairbrother, Jefferson Jr. High. I graduated from Chamberlain High in 53. I used to hang out at the Mighty Moe. We use to go sleigh riding down 9th Street hill. Went roller skating at Kalorama roller rink. I went to all the movies on F Street. There was a movie theater on 7th Wt SW called the Ashley. We used to call it the Ashcan. A dollar was all we needed to spend the day at the movies. Used to get chased out of the parks for playing baseball. Those were the good old days. I wish my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren could experience.
I remember being the first kid on my block to have a tv. does anyone remember going on moonlight cruises on the Old Wilson line? Or going to Marshall Hall on picnics with Kendal Baptist Church. There use to be a drugstore called Hershels on the corner of 10th and Virginia ave s.w. We used to hang out in. I also am like everyone else remember the frozen custard places. That was the best ice cream ever. Stevensons bakery had the best cookies ever made. My summers were spent in Cobb Island Maryland and every time we would go there we would stop at Stevensons and my mother would get me a bag of cookies. Everything I have read on this web site brings back memories and then some.
jim orgel (sonny)
I was born in Sibley Hospital. I grew up in Brentwood Village NE acrosee from the Hot Shoppes at 14th and Rhode Island Avenue. I went to DeMatha High School. I have many good emories. Thank you and call me at 517-217-8319. Robert Oswald
Gone are the days of local DC radio shows like Arthur Godfrey, Harden & Weaver, Milt Grant,
Bill Mayhew, Willard and Ed Walker, Jerry and Jemma Strong, and many more.
A native Washingtonian, I worked in a DGS (not short for Dirty Grocery Store, but District Grocery Store) before the days of self-service, when meat was cut to order and fresh killed chickens were available. Remember the points to buy meat and margarine during WWII? I patrolled the darkened streets of Brightwood with my dad who was an air raid warden.
Attended Gonzaga High school (wearing a coat and tie every day) class of 1950. Still get together with members of the class from time to time and via E-mail.
Married in 1953 at Nativity Church 0n 13th Street NW across from Fort Stevens (where I smoked my first cigarette at age 14).
Worked my most career in DC in the motion picture and television industry. Did newsfilm editing for John Daly on ABC, Douglas Edwards on CBS and occasionally for David Brinkley on NBC Camel Caravan. Served as a TV producer at US Information Agency, had my own production company in NE Washington near the Hecht Company warehouse on New York Avenue. Edited a film on the Treasures of King Tut that was filmed at the National Gallery of Art in the late 70's and which was nominated for an Academy Award.
I recall when we could watch the "dress rehearsals" for stage shows at the Warner and Capitol theaters that were held outside at Walter Reed Hospital for the wounded patients. Also recall the all night vigil with my TN news camera crew at Walter Reed when President Eisenhower has his bout with ileitis. Still like to visit all the free places in DC.
I could go on and on, but sum up to say DC was a great place to grow up and continues to be a great place to revisit the past from my home in nearby Vienna.
I was assigned to finish my tour with the USAF at the
Pentagon and was billeted at Ft.Myer[South Post] I
remember writing my brother how expensive the town
was. A sandwich at People's, a movie and a round trip
cab cost me five bucks! Met a WV gal at the Starlite
hillbilly Lounge off 14th and Irving St. Apparently
this was the place for the C&P telephone gals on
Columbia Street hung out. Got married and moved in
with her and her girlfriend at 1468 Girard Street, NW.
Men had a hard time finding jobs in D,C. I finally got
a clerical job which paid 50bucks for a 35hour week.
Moonlighted with GIANT'S Food Store on upper Conn Ave
for 1.75 union hourly working 5 4hour days and 8 on
Saturdays. It was great. Took a cross town bus to
Irving and walked home. Columbia Height was an entity
in itself. It HAD everything: Savoy and Tivoli movies
on 14th, a five and dime store, Hot Shoppes off 14th
for $1 for a COMPLETE MEAL! ladies and Men's shoes and
clothing stores; dry cleaning, several Mom&Pop stores
that delivered; Drug stores, White Tower burger joint
and one other something House. Bars galore on every
corner and in between. Menus there consisted mostly of
spaghetti or roast beef plate. Remember, when you can
only have liquor at the bar and VERBOTEN at the booth.
If you move your beer for any reason the waitress had
to do it. Friday nites bars were open til 1:00am but
Saturday by Midnight. Even the liquor stores had weird
You had 3 modes of transportation at Columbia Hgts:
14th Street streetcar, 16th Street bus and taxi fare
by zone.Who needs a car! Car lots if you really had to
have one can be bought around the several corners off
14th Street. My life began there when I was discharged
at the ripe age of 21.
S t e v e
My oldest sister lived in Glen Echo as a young Child, she is now in her 60's she remembers when our Mother Elsie Mea worked the "Whip" at the park many many years ago .
I have a picture of my oldest brother, standing next to a pony.
I took my video camera to this Park on Saturday, and it really has changed.
My sister said there used to be many rides there, and now just the Carousel is left.
Saint Leonard, Maryland
Gee, I was born as were my sister and brother in Columbia Hospital for Wome back when Mr. Roosevelt started his first term. My greatgrandmother came to Washington when the northern city limits were somewhere around Mount Vernon Square (1880 or so). What do I remember? Learning to ride my tricycle out on the sidewalk not too far from American University. I remember Momma and Daddy putting up one of those wooden swing things with benches on either side. I would put my dolls on the benches and swing back and forth.
My growing up days were in the Mendota Apartments. The hurdy-gurdy man came by in the summer playing the songs I would later later learn were Italian songs. The knife man would come around crying out Knives - sharpen knives and sissors. Momma would hear him and come down to get them sharpened. The rag man came around also. Later when Britain was being bombed, there was blackout of all lights. Daddy put up black shades so we could keep the lights on. The air raid siren would sound and time to lower the blackout shades. Then turn out the lights and watch the wardens walk around looking for house lights still on. Those days there was still the noon whistle to let everyone know when it was noon. That became the air raid siren.
National Airport was built on fill ground off gravely point. Daddy would take all of us out to watch the air port being built and then continue on to the ice cream place at the end of the road. There was a big circle. It is now Memorial Highway into Alexandria, but then it didn't go into town. Instead, there was the ice cream place - the white walls of the place had bits of mirrors imbedded in the sides. A huge polar bear standing on its hind legs was the advertising and oh the ice cream! Oh yes, the best in the world. Speaking of bears, the polar bear at the store of "Zlotnik the Furrier" Quite a land mark!!!
Yes I went to Oyster School! I don't really remember the place. I do remember my 6th grade teacher at Stoddard Elementary School. No fancy eating place for teachers and students, eat in your room with a teacher for a monitor and go outside to the gravely playground! Then onto Gordon Jr. High. Learned about Scottish Highlanders there. Gordon it seems is a Scottish Clan! Then the last 3 years in Western. Georgetown Dental School was being built and the sound of the steel being driven into the ground would make everything jump - just from the sound of it.
I remember as a teen having a quarter or so to put in the pot so my older girl friend could drive her father's Packard up and down Connecticut Avenue and wind up getting orange freeze at the Hot Shoppe. I remember going up the inside fire escape to get on the roof of the apartment house and sun ourselves. There was decking with benches up there. Evidently set up for people to do just that - sun bathe. I remember playing baseball in the alley between the buildings. I remember the iceman delivering ice to our across the alley neighbor. I remember chewing tar which had become soft from the summer sun. I remember crosing Connecticut Avenue to go to the High Store for lemon ice. Or cross Columbia Avenue for the little grocery who sold hostess products - twinkies had a banana filling back then. I too remember riding the trolley to Glen Echo. My memory is strongest for the huge merry go round. I would pretend I was riding a real horse. I remember taking the bus out to Chevy Chase Lake in the summer. Poor Momma would sit in the shade so I could play in the water. To my eyes it was a gigantic pool. The depth started at barely deep enough to get your ankles wet to where the water was deep enough to dive from the diving boards on the other end. I would get out to where the water was waist deep or so and then lie back and float on the water! Those were the days when bathing suits were made of wool! - one piece things. Lots of other memories.
Like many of those who have written of their memories of growing up in Washington I too took the magic trip down memory lane and returned in my mind to the places and events mentioned. Last spring I returned to Washington for the first time since the mid 60's. I must in all honesty say that knowing how long it had been and that urban blight has spread like wild fire I was still unprepared for what has happened to my neighborhood in SE DC. I wish that I had not seen the wasteland of what could now pass for a third world country.
The Street cars, Glen Echo, Wilson Line, Haines Point submarine races, a great bakery on M Street, downtown theaters, the Rocket room, Rebel room, Blue Mirror, O'Donnell, the Cellar Door, the Keg, China Town, concerts at the Watergate and so many, many other places shall remain within my mind eye. It is a travesty that we have lost the society that allowed the culture in which we grew up to flourish. I feel a great sadness for those who did not experience our growing up in what now seems a far away distant galaxy. Remember he was a real rabbit, and maybe I'll see you at the Mighty Mo, or Marshall Hall, or perhaps at Uline Area. It was great to grow up there then. S I guess I'll quit for now and go to Eddie Leonard's for a crab cake sandwich. However before I do I have just one question.What the hell happened?
What a wonderful site I have found this day, I have not had time
to read all of the memories but they will be read shortly. I was
born in DC at the old George Washington Hospital in 1933, we
lived at 1327 11th St. NW from 1933 till 1946, I attended
Immaculate Conception school, at N St between 7th and
8th. I currently live in Leander, TX., not sure if my old school
is still there or not, would guess that our old 3-story row house
is long gone, Lord I wish that we had photos of back then, I
try to paint a picture of living in row houses and the school,
without a playground, where they blocked the traffic on N St
so that we could have recess. Oh, boy. the memories are
now starting to flow..more later
Do YOU have any memories of
D.C.? If so, please e-mail me and I
will add them to this page.