The Montgomery, Montgomery County and Washington Area Spark were left-wing tabloids that were published monthly from 1971-73. A successor publication called On The Move published five issues from early 1974 to early 1975.

The name was revived in 2011 when photos from the archives of the newspaper were published on Flickr along with set descriptions that gave context to the events depicted in the images.

Other images of anti-intervention, labor, civil rights, civil liberties and other struggles from the pre-internet era in the greater Washington, DC area have been added to the Flickr site.

This blog site under the same name now occasionally examines historical struggles by working families in the greater Washington, DC area to understand and identify lessons learned that might be applied today. Some articles that appeared in the original newspaper have been republished with additional images.

Broad Contribution Guidelines

Please feel free to submit your contributions, but keep them within the following broad guidelines:

  • Base your article on events occurring in the greater Washington, DC area before 1990.
  • Identify images for which you have or can obtain rights to publish.
  • Keep in mind the viewpoints expressed on this site are left of center.
  • Articles should be fact based. Use reasonable sources or cite the more marginal ones in your article.
  • Let the facts do most of your arguments.
  • Articles can be long or short (an interesting photograph from the period with a description of its significance).

If you want to discuss a potential submission, please e-mail washington_area_spark@yahoo.com. Submissions are not guaranteed to be posted and may be edited.

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6 Responses to “About”

  1. Ellen Pechman April 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    I am searching for the author of the excellent articles on the history of the integration of Glen Echo Park (Maryland) in the summer of 1960. Please see details of our project, The Glen Echo Documentary Project on Facebook. I am writing this on April 23, 2017 and would like specifically to try to reach anyone who might have been involved in doing this excellent history. Thanks. Ellen Pechman ellenpechman@gmail.com

  2. Alcione Amos June 7, 2018 at 7:36 pm #

    I am interested in a photo published on your site about the desegregation of the Anacostia Pool. Would be possible to be obtain it in high resolution for publication?

    • Craig Simpson June 8, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

      Hi, I’m not sure which one you are interested in however while we own copies of the photos, I don’t think we own the rights. While more research is needed. I suspect all are newspaper or wire service photos. You can check the Associated Press and Getty sites.

  3. Kate Yemelyanov October 24, 2018 at 11:23 pm #

    Preparing a presentation on Bonus Army for class at National Defense University and I am so, so grateful for your Flickr collection on the topic! Thank you for capturing so much vital and little-known information about so many aspects of this area’s history.

  4. David Raizman January 10, 2019 at 6:50 pm #

    Thanks so much for posting the Lawrence G. Harvey photograph of Malcolm X with one of the “You Don’t Have to Be Jewish to Love Levy’s Rye bread” posters c. 1964. I’m trying to locate Mr, Harvey’s archive or estate in to get permission to publish the photo in a book I’m working on. Can anyone help? thanks

    • Craig Simpson January 10, 2019 at 11:01 pm #

      The family in Philadelphia would be a place to start. Perhaps his church could direct you.

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