We would go to the Washington Monument then walk up and down the stairs (this sounds like a big fish story, but true)! The old sawdust-like aroma and worn wooden floors at Kresgees and Woolworth's Five and Dimes. The Vista racetrack off Old Lottsford Rd. The circus and the Harlem Globetrotters at the Uline Ice Arena. The Orange Freezes from Hot Shoppes - with the cherry on top! Their burgers on the sesame buns, two burgers with a slice of bread between and an orange sauce - I think they were called Mighty Moes. The Polar Bear Frozen Custard shop with the white stucco and imbedded little mirror chips on Georgia Ave by Piney Branch Rd where the Safeway is now, they had the best lemon Custard, is this stuff available anywhere now? Burger Chef & Jenos or Genos (fast food restaurants) Concerts at the Lowes Palace Theater Dances at the Presidential Ballroom on the 1300 block of G St. Friday night street races on Hawaii Ave.
The TV dance show that was aired from the WOOK radio station on Riggs Rd. - I forgot the name of the show, anyone know it? The man who climbed the radio tower and thew his clothes off. The Canteen at Coolidge High School I had almost forgotten about the some of these but reminiscing and posting the names and details here really jogged my pleasant memories, Keep it up!
Debi - (If I have written to you before, please excuse me. I think I just found your website yesterday, but I may have seen one like it; don't remember). // Officially, I first moved to DC for my first job on Capitol Hill in April, 1959. But my uncle was the former president of Southern Railroad and lived in Spring Valley, so I had been to DC over the years--first around 1944 for visits. And the last time I worked there, I commuted from Baltimore, secretarying at Washington Hospital Center and The Watergate Office Building until 1986.// First roomed on Q St., Georgetown but moved into my own apartment at 1765 R St., NW--my address until the summer of 1964.// I have been trying to find someone else who can recall a coffee company that was located not far from F St., NW on a little side street near Pennsylvania Ave., where there was a display showing a little Negro figure sitting cross-legged and sipping (coffee) from a cup. As he enjoyed his coffee, his eyes would roll in delight and joy, and then he would have another cup. I believe it was there as late as the 1980s, but I am not sure. I don't remember the name of the company either. I wonder if anyone else remembered it or knew what became of it. // I was on the Glen Echo streetcar the last day it ran. Across the aisle, there was a man with his two children, and he said "Think about this guys, this is a memory that will last your lifetime!" There certainly was a lot to remember. I think my favorite time was when the Kennedys lived in the White House, and Caroline and John tethered their ponies on the lawn! // T. V. Kellar - Shelbyville,TN
Dear Deb. Thanks you so much for memory Lane. I was born in Sibley Hospital in ’46. We grew up in north east Washington on Franklin Street. Went to Langdon Elementary , played in Langdon park almost every day. We could walk through our back yard through the woods and be in the park! My Dad drove the street car and DC Transit buses. There was a man who lived on our street named Mr. Munger who had a 2 legged hog – for real!!
If any one remembers that, please reply. He later had a bus where he took the hog on display. This hog walked on his two front legs. When we have shared this in the past very few people believe our family including my husband! We lived at 2016 Franklin and Mr. Munger lived two houses down from us. When that hog got loose, we got out of the way. I remember Highs Ice cream, Peoples drug store, frozen custard, we played on the play ground of St. Francis DeSales. Walked to the DGS, went downtown to see the Christmas lights and decorated windows at Woodward and Lothrop. Played hide and go seek all summer til it got dark. Up the street were a (wonderful Italian family) First time I had figs from a tree –( the grandfather grew.)
I remember the Jewell tea man and the fuller brush man. I could go on and on. I loved my childhood in DC. We later moved to Greenbelt, Bladensburg (loved the roller rink, yes with organ music!)
We also moved to Oxon Hill and I graduated from Oxon Hill High.
Visits to DGS on Franklin St lots of penny candy!! Mary Janes, juicy fruit gum, lick a made, bazooka bubble gum, etc.
Highs Ice Cream on Rhode Island Ave.
Riding on DC Transit downtown shopping
Woody’s at Christmas time
The National Christmas tree with the live Nativity
Sledding on 20th St. hill
Playing at the St Frances DeSale’s play yard
Loved going with friends downtown sight seeing on days off from school (back when you walked up the Monument!!
Hot Shopps, China Sea
When to church at the National Church of God on Penn. Ave. S.E near Fairfax Circle
Christmas gifts from Grandma purchased at Morton’s in Anacostia ($1.00 PJs)
And the list goes on.
I would love to find out if any one remembers Munger’s Hog. Mr. Monger had a hog that did not have back legs, so it had to walk on his front legs. My friends and some family members (including my husband) does not believe us when we share this story. Could some- body help me out?
Thanks again for this wonderful web site
Darlene Gaines Hodge
D.C. is my home. I was born in October 1949 and I
was born in
Garfield Hospital. It was torn down in the late 50s and there is a Senior Citizen housing
development that is still there. The gates are still there also.
I started kindergarten at age 4 at Crumell Elementary and
graduated from R. K. Webb elementary in 1960. I went to Browne Junior High School up to the 8th grade. My parents decided to build a home in Warrenton, VA.
I grew up on Trinidad Avenue, N.E. I was part of the VFW Drum &
Bugle Corp. headed by Mr. & Mrs. Albert & Inez Shorter. We were a terrific band and I
was 1st majorette (too little to be with the older girls) but I was right behind the banner name! Boy, you couldn't tell me too much.
My folks looked like an inter-racial couple and a lot of times,
my mother could not go into establishments because she was unmistakably brown skin. My father looked like he was white complete with light blue eyes and I got to go into establishments, such as Glen Echo because I was fair enough in complexion to get through with no incidents.
And speaking of the Frozen Reindeer and the Polar Bear where you
got the frozen custard --and LEMON FROZEN custard. And do you remember High's Ice cream? They too had lemon chiffon ice cream -- there is NOTHING on Earth that good. I
wish Rita's would listen and make the lemon custard a part of their list! It is a DC thing
because I don't remember having this ANYWHERE else. And how about Eddie Leonards over on Bladensburg Road? I had to have an Eddie Burger and wash it down with a BLACK CHERRY MILKSHAKE! Only in DC.
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D.C. is my home. I was born in October 1949 and I
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