November 12, 2009

U Street in 1908

In our casual search of LeDroit Park’s history, we occasionally come across interesting tidbits in the most unexpected places.

A 1908 issue of The World To-Day, a self-described “monthly record of human progress”, featured an article on the breadth of professions and positions held by blacks in Washington at the time.  The article featured a photo of the U Street, looking east from 5th Street.  We have provided the original photo as well as a photo taken in the same perspective last week.

Ever since air conditioning, window shutters have never been as popular as they used to be.

U Street in 1908U Street in 2009

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2 Replies

  1. Too bad the lovely large trees in the corner lots are gone now… Looks like they may have been ginkgos.
    Love the blog. Keep it up!

    3rdStreetDesign - November 12, 2009 @ 8:50 am
  2. nice to see what a street looks like when it’s not all parked up with cars too!

    IMGoph - November 12, 2009 @ 10:37 am

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