Robert Pohl

Robert Pohl worked for many years as a computer programmer but recovered from that and became a full time stay-at-home dad. With his son now in school, he has expanded his horizons and become a self-taught historian. He has written books about his house as well as Emancipation in the District of Columbia. You can reach Robert at Robert[at]

Robert Pohl
21 Sep 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: Frank Frager Opens A Store

Last week, I looked at the arrival of Frank Frager in the US and the murder of the man he had come here with. The murder remained unsolved and a year and a half afterward. The state of the case was summarized in an article along with other unsolved mysteries, and the newspaper opined that, […]

14 Sep 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: Fritz Frager and His Store

For the next couple of weeks, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the opening of Frager’s Hardware Store, I am going to do what I do best: Look at its history, and particularly at the three men who carried the name Frager who were involved in its success. The story begins in Russia. It […]

07 Sep 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: A Zeppelin over the Capitol

It’s Labor Day, and so time for another rerun, and one that once again combines two of my interests: Airships and the Capitol. It’s something that I have written about and touched upon in the past, but here’s my favorite story again. On October 11, 1928, the airship Graf Zeppelin took off from Friedrichshafen, in […]

31 Aug 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: Samuel D. Wyeth

I promised last week to look at the state that the Capitol was in during the 19th century, building on the rather dire description given of it by Charles Dickens in 1842, but realized that I have to put that off for a bit in order to introduce a new character before continuing. While today […]

25 Aug 2020


Ida B. Wells at Union Station

If you have the opportunity to walk through the main hall at Union Station this week, I highly recommend you take it. Installed on the floor is a giant portrait of Ida B. Wells, created by artist Helen Marshall. Here are a few pictures of the installation.

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