Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

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...

Old Department of Agriculture Building in 1869

Check out this amazing old photo of the Department of Agriculture Building at 13th and B St. SW.

D.C. Alley Life in 1941

These are amazing old photos of alley living in Washington in the 1940s.

Van Ness Apartments in the 1970s

From the cars in the photo, we’re guessing this is the late 1970s, maybe the early 1980s.

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...

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....

Snowy Maryland Avenue in 1890s Southwest

This shows a snowy street in D.C. back in the early 1890s. You’re looking at Maryland Ave. Southwest near 7th St. Source: D.C. Library

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