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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

National Savings and Trust Building in 1960

Photo of the National Savings Bank in 1960

What an awesome photo. This was sent in by GoDCer Andy, from his Flickr collection. This is the building close to the White House, on the northeast corner of 15th and New York Ave. NW. The...
Red Cross mobile canteen 1942

Red Cross Precursor to D.C. Food Trucks

This is a photo from World War II, taken in 1942. It’s a mobile canteen run by the Red Cross. Source: Library of Congress
The Mayflower Coffee Shop and Grill, Washington, D.C.

Photo and Ad of the Mayflower Coffee Shop and Grill

Here’s a photo that we found at the Library of Congress. It shows the old Mayflower Coffee Shop and Grill in the late 1930s. Source: Library of Congress And here’s an advertisement for the hotel that...

1924 Washington Senators Team Photo

What a terrific photo of the Washington Senators from 1924. Source: Library of Congress

1921 Film of Italian General and Ambassador Visit to White House

We found this great old film footage at the Moving Image Research Collection at the University of South Carolina. It shows Italian Army General Armando Diaz and Italian Ambassador Rolando Ricci in front of the White...

1930s Film of Washington Senators Spring Training

Check out this great film footage from 1931 showing the Washington Senators during spring training. We found these at the Moving Image Research Collection at the University of South Carolina. And, here’s another great one of...
Treasury target range completed. Washington, D.C., June 10. The Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., has installed a new and modern target range in the sub basement of the Treasury Building. The range has shielded lights and electrically operated targets, is sound proof and ventilated by a fan which removes gases almost instantly. Entrance to the firing booths is through two doors which act as an air lock and prevent sound and gas from going into the outer rooms. Left to right in the picture: R.P. Hallion, White House Police; J.E. Murphy, assistant chief, Secret Service; E.L. Warden, White House Police; E.D. Murray, chief bonus mate, Coast Guard; Frank J. Wilson, chief of Secret Service; J.J. Cash, White House Police; Adam T. Smith, gunners mate, 1st. class, Coast Guard; and Elmer Irey, coordinator, Treasury Enforcement Services, 6-10-40

Shooting Range in the Treasury Department Basement

Does anyone know if this still exists? The photo below was taken in June of 1940.
1925 Washington Tourist Camp

Washington Tourist Camp in East Potomac Park (1925)

GoDCer Andy has an amazing collection of D.C. imagery in his Flickr collection. You should definitely check it out. Source: Flickr user Andy Moursund
Meridian Hill Park in 1976

What Did Meridian Hill Look Like in 1976?

This is a view of Meridian Hill Park, back when it was pretty rough. It was once a beautiful and amazing park, and now it’s getting back to being a great place to spend some time...
Georgetown waterfront

Very Different Georgetown Waterfront in 1920s

This photo of the Georgetown waterfront was probably taken in the 1910s or 1920s. You’re not going to see any drunk Georgetown students wandering around in this one. Source: Library of Congress
Connecticut Ave. Bridge

1911 Postcard of Connecticut Avenue Bridge

One of our original readers, Ben, sent along a link to a great Flickr collection of D.C. postcards. You have to check them out. Below is one of our favorites, showing the Connecticut Avenue Bridge, looking...
north side of F St

1910s Photo of F St Between 6th and 7th

Here’s a shot of the area around Gallery Place today. This is looking at the north side of F St. between 6th and 7th. Source: Library of Congress
11th & Penna. Ave. Post Office Dept., Evening Star Building

1920s Photo of 11th and Pennsylvania Avenue

What a cool street scene on Pennsylvania Ave. This was taken some time in the 1920s. Source: Library of Congress
Logan Circle

Logan Circle Aerial Photo in the 1920s

Here’s a photo of Logan Circle, probably some time in the 1920s (though it was named Iowa Circle until 1930). Source: Library of Congress
Union Station under construction in 1974

Union Station Reconstruction in the 1970s

Check out this photo of Union Station being rehabilitated. Thankfully they saved it instead of knocking it down like they did so many other beautiful old buildings back then (i.e., look at everything in L’Enfant -…...
Meridian Hill Park

Meridian Hill Park Being Built

Meridian Hill Park was largely the vision of Mary Foote Henderson. So, we have her to thank for the great park sitting at the crest of 16th and Euclid with a sweeping view of the city....

Little Girls Playing Next to West Wing

Times sure were different. You’re never going to see something like this again, but at the time, the White House was fairly accessible. The photo below was taken in 1938 and shows two young girls playing...
Early photographic view of Washington, D.C. from Capitol Hill, looking northwest

Amazing 1860s View from Capitol Hill

We can’t remember if we’ve posted this photo in the past, but it’s such a good one, that it doesn’t really matter. Source: Library of Congress