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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Who is the man in the middle?

Who Is The Man in the Middle?

Can any GoDCer help us identify the man in the middle? GoDCer Josh sent this in back in January and we’re now getting around to posting it (sorry it took so long Josh). Below...
Pullman autos are extremely rare. They were mass produced between 1905 and 1917 but less than 30 are known to still exist today.

What Did 4th and G St. Look Like in 1912?

Check out this great find from Flickr. This shows a series of Pullman autos in front of 445 G St. NW in 1912. Source: William Creswell
Washington tenements, Nov. 1935.

Washington Tenement Housing in 1935

Any idea where this photo was taken? Our alleys no longer look like this, but at one point, many people used to live in D.C. alleys. This was tenement housing in Washington. Source: Shorpy
The Pennsylvania Avenue Childs around 1917

Before Fast Food, There Was Childs’ Food

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng Before the modern fast food restaurant, there was Childs Restaurant. Childs was a chain that originated in New York City and spread southward, eventually opening...
Heurich Brewery in 1910

Photo of Heurich Brewery in 1910

This is a great old photo of the Heurich Brewery, taken in 1910. The brewery stood on the current site of the Kennedy Center. Source: Library of Congress
VIEW OF WASHINGTON MONUMENT FROM THE VICINITY OF CAPITAL OVERLOOK, 1932. - George Washington Memorial Parkway, Along Potomac River from McLean to Mount Vernon, VA, Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, VA

1932 View of George Washington Parkway

Here is a photo looking at the Washington Monument from the vantage point of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Source: Library of Congress It looks like this bend is somewhere near where National Airport...
aerial view of East Potomac Park

1922 Aerial View of East Potomac Park and Hains Point

Here is a cool aerial view of East Potomac Park and Hains Point. Source: Library of Congress By the way, do you know why it’s called Hains Point?
Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Street scene, 15th and G Streets near Riggs National Bank." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Awesome 1919 Street Scene on 15th Street

Photos like this can suck up an hour of my time. I just love looking at these. Click on it for a larger version. This shows a scene at 15th and Pennsylvania in 1919....
Thomas Circle in 1943

Photo of Thomas Circle in 1943

This is a photo of Thomas Circle in April of 1943. Don’t forget to check out this post on how the circle looked in 1920, and this one which includes a map of the...