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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Old Center Market in 1921

This beautiful image shows Center Market back in 1921. It was located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th until 1931.

May 16, 1923. "Arlington Park, Virginia. Evelyn Wadsworth, daughter of Senator and Mrs. Wadsworth of New York, serving cold drinks at the National Capital Horse Show." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Who Is This Young Lady?

Young Evelyn Wadsworth was the daughter of the senator from New York and the granddaughter of John Hay, former personal secretary to Abraham Lincoln.

The JCC in 1926

This great old photo shows the JCC at 16th and Q back when it opened in 1926.

Old Executive Office Building Under Construction

Check this out … what a fascinating old stereographic photo of the Old Executive Office Building, then known as the State, War, and Navy Building, adjacent to the White House. John DeFerrari posted a great history of the building on...

Peacock Alley in the Willard Hotel

We’re all cooped up consuming an inordinate amount of negative news staring at the tube. How about some cool photos and imagery of days gone by to take your mind off of what’s happening, even if just for a minute....

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Woodward & Lothrop Building in the 1920s

Need something to take your mind off what’s happening? How about some great old photos of downtown Washington 100 years ago? Here’s a terrific old image showing the Woodward & Lothrop Building, which still stands today. What a beautiful old...

Help Identify This 1947 Photo

Where is this? We dug this up on Shorpy and want to figure out where it was in the District. Source: Shorpy

DCJCC in 1926

You're looking at a cool old photo from 1926, showing the DCJCC at 16th and Q St.

What Did Petworth Look Like in the 1930s?

This lovely old photo of Washington shows the Petworth neighorhood from the air in the 1930s. Any idea where this is in Petworth? Also, for those in Petworth who thumb their nose at the suburban dwellers or Washington, living in...

Garfinckel’s Department Store in 1939

Take a look here at Garfinckel’s at 14th and F St. NW near the Treasury Building. The building still stands and is where The Hamilton is today.

Georgetown University Graduation Ceremonies in 1925

Congratulations to the Class of 2019. Now you’re ready for the rest of your lives! Take a little inspiration from this lovely historic photo showing your predecessors graduating in the late spring of 1925. Actually, I believe it was July...

Western High School in 1919

Back then it was called Western High School. Washington had that school north of Georgetown, Eastern High School near Capitol Hill and Central High School just north of U St.

1950s Film Footage of Washington

Film footage of Washington shows how different things were. Listen to some of the narrative, including the past about George Washington’s slaves “living happily in their quarters.” Yes, that was really said.

1939 View of 14th and Penn.

This amazing old photograph shows the intersection of 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., where the Willard Hotel sits. It has some amazing details so click OK it to see them.

1877 Map of Georgetown

This is a great old map of Georgetown. Click on it for greater details. Source: Library of Congress

Potomac and Georgetown Flood

This crazy old photos shows Georgetown’s flooding and the Potomac in 1918. Here’s another good piece about it at The Georgetown Metropolitan.

View of Georgetown D.C. / lith. and printed in colors by E. Sachse & Co.

View of Georgetown in 1855

This lovely painting shows Georgetown in the distance as it looked in 1855. Source: Library of Congress

Arlington County, Va., circa 1941. "National Airport. Plane in front of passenger terminal and control tower." Photo by Theodor Horydczak.

National Airport Way Back in 1941

This lovely old photo was taken in 1941. You're looking at the old terminal (then the only terminal) at National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.

1919 Presidential Pierce Arrow

Where Is This Car?

Okay GoDCers! This is a photo shared by a fellow reader Eric. He sent it in quite a while ago, so I’m a bit late on sharing this with the group. But, I promised to crowd-source the investigation with the...

600 block of Independence Ave. SW in 1941

Independence Avenue Before the FAA Headquarters

Take a look at the building below. This is the Federal Aviation Administration’s headquarters on Independence Ave. SW. It obviously didn’t always look like this. Now look below at what the block looked like in 1941, on the eve of...

The White House during the Civil War

The White House Before Fences and Security

Can you even believe this photo. This dude is just sitting on what appears to be a low stone wall on the south side of the White House. This would be E St. today and if you even came close...

Negro laborers at Alexandria, near coal wharf

Negro Laborers at Alexandria Wharf

This photo was posted by the National Archives and labeled as “negro laborers, near coal wharf.” This beautiful old photo shows the faces of regular African-Americans in the 1860s, living and working around Alexandria. Photos like this really make you...

11th and L St. NW in the 1920s

Look at 11th Street NW Back in the 1920s

Here’s a great old photo of Washington back in the 1920s. You’re looking down 11th St. NW from L St. Source: National Archives And here is what it looks like today on Google Street View. You can still see the...

Griffith Stadium from the air in 1925

Best Aerial Photo of Griffith Stadium in 1925

We’ve looked for a high resolution image of Griffith Stadium for quite some time. We finally dug one up at the National Archives. Check it out below. Source: National Archives Here’s another great one we found.