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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Scott Circle

Aerial View of Scott Circle

What a cool old photo of Scott Circle. I’m not sure when this is from, but we dug it up at the Library of Congress. Source: Library of Congress
Wide view of the Old Harvard Street Bridge across Rock Creek Park taken from the south (down creek) side. A dirt road with a log fence appears on the right.

Old Harvard Street Bridge Over Rock Creek

Do you know where the Harvard St. Bridge is? I couldn’t place it until I looked it up, and obviously, it’s the bridge at the end of Harvard St. within the National Zoo. Pretty...
View of four boats in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal lined up to cross the Potomac Aqueduct Bridge. The boats are owned by the Canal Towage Co. (misspelled "Towace). The postcard's reverse is stamped "Sunday Magazine April 16, 1933."

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in 1909

Here’s a great shot of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in 1909. Source: Dig DC
Looking north up 14th Street NW from just below Constitution Avenue NW. Visible is the Commerce Department and the Willard Hotel in the distance. A set of streetcar tracks appear embedded in the street in the foreground.

What Did 14th St. Look Like in 1927?

Check out this amazing 1927 photo of 14th St. Source: Dig DC You’re looking north along 14th St. towards the Commerce Department. It’s probably a little later than 1927 since construction on the Commerce...
Cuban Embassy

Help Identify These Cuban Embassy Photos

We need some help pinpointing the dates of these photos. They were labeled 1905 to 1945. My guess is sometime in the 1930s? Source: Library of Congress

Cuban War Mission Visits D.C.

Here is a photo from 1917 showing the Cuban War Mission to the United States. Source: Library of Congress
Embassy of Cuba in 1937

Beautiful 1930s Photo of Cuban Embassy

What a great old shot of the Cuban Embassy at 2630 16th St. NW. Source: Library of Congress
View of the M Street NW elevation of the two-story Key Mansion with Key's single-story law office attached to west side of structure. A portion of the commercial building continuing west along the street is also visible.

Francis Scott Key Lived in This Georgetown House

It’s so sad that this house no longer stands. The house stood roughly where Key Bridge enters Georgetown today. The address was 3518 M St. NW. Source: Dig DC
View from Pennsylvania Avenue NW looking east towards the buildings on the east side of 15th Street as well as the southeast corner of 15th and G Streets. Streetcars and horses and wagons are on streets.

15th and G St. NW in 1911

I’m trying to make out where this is today. 15th, Pennsylvania, and G St. don’t really intersect. Can you help out and add your ideas below in the comments? I think we’re looking down...