Then and Now

Compare historic photos of Washington, D.C. with current photos and see the difference.

Then and Now: 600 Block of Princeton Place

This is pretty cool. Look at it today on Google Street View. [googlemaps,-77.019736&cbp=13,228.82,,0,-4.08&cbll=38.935822,-77.019555&q=612+princeton+st+dc&hq=&hnear=612+Princeton+Pl+NW,+Washington,+District+of+Columbia+20010&ll=38.935594,-77.019736&spn=0.005683,0.011319&t=m&z=14&panoid=KeDU-qEKrmWSQbckWBhbbQ&source=embed&output=svembed] And check it out back in  the early 1920s. Source: Library of Congress

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Then and Now: King and Market Streets in Leesburg

Loudon National Bank and King Street

Take a look at the Google Street View of King Street in Leesburg today, at the intersection with Market Street. [googlemaps,+Leesburg,+VA&aq=0&oq=king+st+leesburg&sll=39.116069,-77.566858&sspn=0.001384,0.00284&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=S+King+St,+Leesburg,+Virginia+20175&ll=39.100105,-77.576144&spn=0.044018,0.090895&t=m&z=14&layer=c&cbll=39.115545,-77.56449&panoid=859SLggUqg4_4MqDVl4OKw&cbp=12,201.25,,0,-5.52&output=svembed] And below we have the exact intersection around 1920. Source: Library of Congress

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Leesburg United Methodist Church on Market Street (1920)

Market Street and M.E. Church, south, Leesburg, Va.

Check this out. It’s an old photo of the Methodist church on Market St. in Leesburg. Source: Library of Congress And below is the Google Street View today of the same building. [googlemaps,138.23,,0,-2.21&layer=c&panoid=Ab6BYE3KLmY8BWKrBfrNdw&cbll=39.116069,-77.566858&ie=UTF8&ll=39.11606,-77.566977&spn=0.001467,0.00284&t=m&z=19&source=embed&output=svembed]

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Cars Parked Along Railroad Tracks on Virginia Ave.

1939 photograph next to the railroad tracks

This is an old photo showing a row of parked cars along Virginia Ave. SW. Check out the Google Street View below. Source: Shorpy [googlemaps,87.63,,0,4.65&layer=c&panoid=AbrZdO7-MJlqHhyJ3styhA&cbll=38.8855,-77.021597&dg=opt&ie=UTF8&ll=38.853612,-76.980515&spn=0.341689,0.724411&t=m&z=11&source=embed&output=svembed]

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Randolph Street Homes in 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "551-53-55 Randolph St. N.W." We'll take the one next to the castle. National Photo Company glass negative.

Another great photo from Shorpy … this time showing three homes on Randolph St. NW. Source: Shorpy And, the best part is that the three homes still stand today. [googlemaps,331.99,,0,1.98&layer=c&panoid=zBoRbRnOkwExyPniBxPf6w&cbll=38.938791,-77.020762&dg=opt&ie=UTF8&ll=38.90653,-76.979828&spn=0.341434,0.627594&t=m&z=11&source=embed&output=svembed]

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Then and Now: The Anacostia Bank

The Anacostia Bank, 2021 Nichols Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., decorated for a parade

This is a great image that we dug up in the Library of Congress archives. The photo is from around 1918. It’s the old Anacostia Bank, which is still standing. Source: Library of Congress Now check out the today view …

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Then and Now: M Street Firehouse

Truck Company Number Four, Firehouse, 219 M Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

We dug up this undated photo at the Library of Congress. It appears to be from the late 1930s or early 1940s. The good news, is that the firehouse is still there. Check out the Google Street View below. [googlemaps,-77.014117&spn=0.005903,0.010965&t=m&z=17&layer=c&cbll=38.905651,-77.014308&panoid=628-4Svj42_RFNJyKokXgQ&cbp=12,6.58,,0,-6.84&source=embed&output=svembed]

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Panama Legation at New Hampshire and Q St. (1925)

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Panama Legation, New Hampshire Avenue and Q Street N.W." 18th Street is on the left and New Hampshire Avenue on the right. This is one of the earliest examples of a stop sign ("Boulevard Stop") in the archive. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

What a beautiful building. Sadly, this building no longer exists. Take a look at the same intersection today on Google Street View. [googlemaps,-77.041679&spn=0.005017,0.010568&t=m&z=17&layer=c&cbll=38.911405,-77.041679&panoid=Vv2YBHAEv5bmubFc4dx_7Q&cbp=12,212.54,,0,-1.1&source=embed&output=svembed]

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