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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Fascinating World War II U.S. Army Documentary About Alexandria

Now this is an interesting old film we found on YouTube. It’s a bit long, but if you’re from Alexandria, you’ll find it entertaining and recognize quite a few of the old buildings. What do you...

Film of Day in the Life of 1930s D.C.

This is a really cool old film that we dug up at the U.S. National Archives. Check it out and see what landmarks you can identify, then add them to the comments below.
1890s stroll through Rock Creek Park

Carriage Ride Through Rock Creek in 1890

Look at this great photo from 1890. It shows a group of people riding their horse and buggies through Rock Creek Park. I don’t suppose any of you recognize where this is? I know, that’s a...
Griffith Stadium in 1925

Detailed Aerial Photo of Griffith Stadium and Neighborhood

Now this is a terrific photo of Griffith Stadium, taken from the air. We posted a smaller version of this yesterday but we wanted to share the much larger version with you independent of that post....

Photo of Bombers in Flight Over D.C. in 1931

This might be one of the coolest old photos we have discovered. It shows a squadron of bombers flying over Washington in 1931. The main road in the picture is Pennsylvania Ave. heading toward the White...
1913. "District of Columbia traffic. Stop and Go signs." A very new-looking circa 1913 Haynes roadster in Washington crossing Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street N.W. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

D.C. Traffic Cop at 14th and Pennsylvania in 1913

Here are two great old photos from 1913, showing different angles of a traffic stop. The car is a Haynes roadster, which cost about $4,000 at the time. That’s about $95,000 today, or the cost of...
Dulles Airport in 1962

Opening Dedication Ceremony of Dulles Airport in 1962

The airport was dedicated by President Kennedy and former President Eisenhower, a $110 million federal project, largely driven during the latter's administration.
`Key Bridge in 1965

Awesome 1965 Photo of Key Bridge

Hello GoDCers! Thursday is coming to a close, and tomorrow is Friday. So that’s great news. To celebrate, we’re sharing a great afternoon photo with you. This is a great photo that we dug up on Flickr....

Colorized Photo of Lewis Powell, Lincoln Conspirator

Wow, what else can I say about this one. Thanks to the abundance of random stuff on Reddit, I stumbled across this the other day. How amazing is it? This almost looks like it was taken...
Washington, D.C., 1919. "Post Office a la cart." Deck the truck with boughs of holly! National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Christmas Post Office Truck in 1919

Here’s a cool old photo from Christmas 1919. It appears to be a makeshift post office to handle overflow mail during the holiday season.
Union Army guard at Price, Birch & Co. slave pen at Alexandria, Virginia, circa 1865. Detail of albumen print. Photograph by Andrew J. Russell.

1865 Photo of Alexandria Slave Pen

This is a powerful Civil War-era photograph. It shows Price, Birch & Co., which was a slave dealing business. Source: Shorpy
"Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Va., 1958-63. Eero Saarinen, architect. Mobile lounges." A sort of giant rolling jetway (mostly out of frame at left) that carried passengers at Dulles from terminal to plane. The stair truck supported the gangway. 120mm color transparency by Balthazar Korab.

Boarding a Flight at Dulles in the 1960s

Dulles Airport was the first airport in the world build for jet aircraft. This photo shows passengers boarding an Eastern Airlines' Douglas DC-8
the Mall

1930s Aerial View West of the National Mall

Here’s a cool aerial shot of the National Mall from the Capitol and Library of Congress to the Potomac. Source: Cornell University Library
panorama of Walter Reed Hospital in 1919

1919 Panorama of Walter Reed Hospital

Here’s a cool old panoramic photo of Walter Reed Hospital from 1919. Click on it for a larger version. Source: Library of Congress
Giant Food on Wisconsin Avenue

Old Giant Food on Wisconsin Avenue in the 1940s

Remember this super ugly Giant on Wisconsin Ave. near the Cathedral? It’s soon going to be the new Cathedral Commons. This old photo was taken in the summer of 1942. Source: Library of Congress
The York Theatre in the 1920s

The York Theatre in Petworth

We came across an awesome old photo on Flickr of the York Theatre, sitting at 3640 Georgia Ave. NW, in Petworth, near the intersection with New Hampshire Ave. Source: Flickr user jbb23927 The theater opened on...
U.S. Sanitary Commission 1863

Photos and Map From Civil War Convalescent Camp

This is an 1863 map of the convalescent camp four miles outside of Washington. This was run by the U.S. Christian Commission, and below is a photo of their D.C. headquarters from 1865. Source: civilwarphotos.net And,...

1914 Automobile Directions to Harpers Ferry

This is a fun article that we came across in The Washington Post, printed on September 6th, 1914. The best part of the article is the listing of directions to get from Washington to Harpers Ferry (here’s...