This week for Georgetown Time Machine, GM is exploring a postcard being sold on Ebay. It is from 1913, and shows a slice of formerly rural Georgetown University.
The front of the card (above) shows a winding path through the woods. A description states “Entrance to the Walk, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.” Nothing about the scene, however, immediately seems familiar to GM.
The back offers a bit more detail though:
It states: “This view shows the entrance to the walks in the woodland back of Georgetown University. They wind for over a mile through a stretch of land abundant in Nature’s beauty and afford an excellent means of recreation for both students and visitors.”
The card was sent from DC in 1913 (it’s too hard to make out an exact date from the cancellation stamp.) The note says simply “Though you might enjoy this view. Mae W.” It’s addressed to Miss Ada Flaretee (not sure about the spelling) in Danielson, Connecticut.
The card was published by W.B. Garrison, who produced a lot of postcards taken from the DC area.
But where is the photo exactly from? This survey map from 1903 is pretty solid evidence that this is basically where the hospital is now:
Much, although not all, of this wooded area would get cleared out by 1930 for the construction of the Medical School building: