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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Riggs Bank and The Department of Justice in 1888

Here’s a cool old photograph taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston showing Riggs Bank and the Department of Justice. Source: Library of Congress
White House stables in 1857

Rare Photo of White House Stables

Have you ever seen a photo of the White House stables? We haven’t actually come across one until we found this at the Library of Congress. How cool is this? The photo was taken by Lewis...
Washington street

Can You Identify This Street from 1900?

Here’s an old photo from the early 20th century. Can you identify the block? Add your thoughts in the comments below. Source: Library of Congress
Whittemore House in 1900

Photos of the Whittemore House in 1900

This beautiful old home is the Whittemore House (check out their website) on New Hampshire Ave. NW, just off of Dupont Circle. It still stands today as the Women’s National Democratic Club (check out their website)....

Great 1930s Film Footage of Washington, D.C.

Here’s a great film of Washington in the 1930s.
Franklin School in 1900

What the Franklin School Looked Like in 1900

Check this old photo out. It was taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston around the turn of the 20th century.   Source: Library of Congress
V Drive - April 1919

1919 Photo of Treasury Department

Thanks to GoDCer Jim for sending this in via Facebook. His cousin Catherine has it hanging on her wall, and it’s a photo of the opening of the V Drive at Treasury on April 21st, 1919.

Film of 1968 Washington Riots

Here is an old film that we dug up at the National Archives. It’s from 1968, showing the devastation of the riots following MLK’s assassination.
Western High School in 1900

1900 Photo of Western High School (Duke Ellington School of the Arts)

Here’s an old photo of Western High School taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston. The photo is from about 1900 and today, the building houses the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Source: Library of Congress

Panoramic Photos of Camp Meigs in 1918

What a great old photo from World War I. These photos show Camp Meigs in 1918. Source: U.S. National Archives Source: Library of Congress  
National Hotel

GoDCer’s Postcard of the National Hotel

GoDCer Monica sent in this great postcard of National Hotel after we posted about the hotel the other day. Thanks Monica!
Lincoln's second inauguration

Extremely Rare 1865 Photo of Lincoln’s Second Inauguration

This photo was taken on March 4th, 1865 on the day Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for a second time. A little over a month later, President Lincoln would be assassinated in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes...
1857 Inauguration

First Known Photo of Presidential Inauguration (1857)

This is an extremely rare photograph of James Buchanan‘s Inauguration at the East Front of the Capitol Building on March 4th, 1857. It’s a little blurry and not the highest resolution, but amazing nevertheless. The exposure...

Ford Motor Company’s 1922 Educational Film About Washington, D.C.

This is a really interesting film that we found at the National Archives. It was made by the Ford Motor Company in 1922. Source: U.S. National Archives
1839 print of Pennsylvania Ave.

In 1839, There Were Cows at 7th and Pennsylvania

Seriously. This city has come a long way from lost sheep and cows on Pennsylvania Ave. Check out this print from 1839. Source: Library of Congress
Southern Hotel - 311 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Photo of Segregated Southern Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

Source: Library of Congress The hotel on the left is the Southern Hotel, a hotel for African-Americans which was situated at 311 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The photograph was taken around 1899. Below is the 1903 map...
1925 Washington Senators

Great Film Footage of 1925 World Series

Here’s a cool find from YouTube. The Senators lost the World Series to the Pirates, after having won the year before. Can you tell Ghosts of DC is getting excited for the 2014 baseball season?

Where Is This? The Hidden Alleys of 1920s Washington

What a terrific old photo from 1923. We dug this gem up on Shorpy. Any idea where this was taken? Also, check out this photo of Chaconas. Soure: Shorpy