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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Landscape drawing shows storefronts on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC between 22nd and 23rd streets. A shopkeeper stands in the doorway of one of the buildings. Women are on the sidewalk. A car is parked at the curb.

1920s Drawing of Pennsylvania Avenue

What a beautiful drawing from the 1920s. This was done by Susan Brown Chase. Source: Library of Congress  
Grover Cleveland's presidential train

Railroad One? 1887 Grover Cleveland’s Presidential Train

Check out the transportation used by presidents before Air Force One. Source: Library of Congress
Maine Ave. SW 1865

Incredible 1865 Photo of the Capitol

This photograph was taken in April 1865, which would have been right around the time of President Lincoln’s assassination. You can see the unpaved roads of Maine Ave, SW. There are buildings in the foreground with...
Columbia Hospital

Check Out Foggy Bottom’s Columbia Hospital in the 1920s

What a great old photo of Columbia Hospital taken some time in the early 1920s. Source: Library of Congress

Big Mac’s Golden Garter: 1960’s Capitol Hill Go-Go Bar

We received a great tweet from @capitolization a while ago and wanted to do a little digging into the history of the Golden Garter sign. Remington's sign removed, reveals old sign from the Golden Garter. Great...
Congressional pages have snowball fight in 1923

Republicans vs. Democrats Congressional Snowball Fight

How fun is this old photo taken on December 14th, 1923? It shows a large group of boys who were Congressional pages on both sides of the aisle, battling it out with snowballs. I’d love to...
northeast corner of 14th and Irving St. NW

What Did Columbia Heights at 14th and Irving Look Like in the 1920s?

How amazing is this photo? It’s from around 1918 to 1922. You are looking from the southwest corner, where the Metro entrance is today, across the street towards the other Metro entrance and the BB&T bank....
Potomac Park Apartments

What Did 21st and C Street Look Like in 1924?

21st and C St. NW looked very different back around 1924 (mislabeled by the Library of Congress as 1916). The photo below shows the Potomac Park Apartments. This is the location of the Department of State...
9th St. NW

9th and G Street Looked Very Different in 1922

How awesome is this old photo of 9th St. NW? According to the Library of Congress, this is from 1922, although it was mislabeled 9th and S St. Moore’s Rialto was located at 713 9th St....
July 7th, 1926

How Awesome Was It To Swim in the Reflecting Pool?

These boys look like they’re having the time of their lives. This photo was taken back in the 1920s, when you were able to swim in the Reflecting Pool. I should note that they are swimming...
Washington & Lee High School

Fascinating Photo of Washington and Lee High School in Arlington

Check out this amazing old photo of Washington & Lee High SchoolΒ in 1916 (according to the Library of Congress, though I’m sure that’s mislabeled because construction didn’t start until 1924 according to Wikipedia). If you didn’t...
American University in 1916

What Did American University Look Like in 1916?

Take a look at this old photo of American University. Can you recognize where this is? Source: Library of Congress
John Henry Balch, Corpsman, U.S. Navy, visiting Washington, D.C., in June 1917 [at Columbus statue at Union Station], while awaiting shipment overseas. The Marine on the right is not identified. [Portraits.] [Scene, World War I, World War 1.] John Henry Balch. 06/1917; NH 80571; Courtesy of Commander J.H. Balch, U.S. Navy (retired), 1974.

Two World War I Marines in Front of Union Station

Here’s another great photo send in by GoDCer Michael. These two marines are sitting in front of Union Station, on the Columbus Statue as they await getting shipped out for World War I.
"Past and present in locomotives. Eckington Yards, June 4, 1923." A closeup of the locomotive in the Baltimore & Ohio rail yard during the Masonic convention in Washington, D.C. The big engine wears the livery of "Boumi Temple," a Baltimore Shrine lodge. 5x7 glass negative.

Photo of Eckington Rail Yard in 1923

We came across a great photo via Shorpy’s Twitter handle this weekend. It shows the old Eckington rail yard back in the 1920s. Check out the map of the same area from 1919. Today, this area...
Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "NO CAPTION (Children, police motorcycles with sidecars, and streetcar in street)." From a series of photos whose subject seems to be traffic safety. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

GoDCers, Where Is This?

Any thoughts on where this photo was taken?
streetcars in front of Union Station

Streetcars in Front of Union Station

This is an old photo of Union Station around 1920, with two streetcars sitting in front. Source: Library of Congress
Rhode Island Ave. 1904

1904 Postcard Showing Rhode Island Avenue

Do you recognize where this is on Rhode Island Ave.? GoDCer Andy sent in a plethora of great material some time back and this postcard was in that collection. It shows Rhode Island Ave in 1904.
Walter Johnson and his son Eddie in 1938

Photo of Walter Johnson and Son

Here’s a great old photo sent in by original GoDCer Ben. Sorry it took so long to post this Ben!