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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

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...

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....

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.

Georgetown University Dorm Life Circa 1913

This is from the Georgetown University archives showing a group of young men gathered in a dorm room in 1913.

What’s a Herdic Cab? What Did They Look Like?

A herdic cab is a type of horse-drawn carriage, used as an omnibus, invented by Peter Herdic of Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania in 1881.

Stunning Look Down Pennsylvania Avenue

Take a look at this remarkable view down Pennsylvania Avenue in about 1921. So stunning.