Photos of 1940s D.C. Streetcar Life

With all the buzz about whether the H Street streetcar will happen or not, we thought it would be a great idea to share some images of what streetcar living was like back in the middle of the 20th century. It’s been over 50 years since D.C. has had operating streetcars, but it’s within the realm of possibility that we might see them again soon. Maybe.

Below is an image of a woman learning how to become a streetcar operator in June of 1943.

Washington, D.C. An instructor of the Capitol Transit Company teaching a woman to operate a one-man streetcar
Washington, D.C. An instructor of the Capitol Transit Company teaching a woman to operate a one-man streetcar

Source: Library of Congress

Here is another great shot of a young woman taking fares on a streetcar in 1943.

Washington, D.C. Hattie B. Sheehan, a streetcar conductor for the Capitol Transit Company
Washington, D.C. Hattie B. Sheehan, a streetcar conductor for the Capitol Transit Company

Source: Library of Congress

Here is another image from 1943.

Washington, D.C. Miss Frances Lewis, the motorman of a two-man streetcar
Washington, D.C. Miss Frances Lewis, the motorman of a two-man streetcar

Source: Library of Congress

Here is an image of some serious track repair happening downtown at 14th and G St in July of 1941.

Repairing streetcar tracks, Fourteenth and G Streets
Repairing streetcar tracks, Fourteenth and G Streets

Source: Library of Congress

Below are a few images of people riding the streetcars in the late 1930s and 1940s.

People in streetcar in August of 1938
People in streetcar in August of 1938

Source: Library of Congress

Woman riding streetcar in 1943
Woman riding streetcar in 1943

Source: Library of Congress

Riding the streetcar in 1943
Riding the streetcar in 1943

Source: Library of Congress

Riding the streetcar in 1943
Riding the streetcar in 1943

Source: Library of Congress

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