Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Nazi flag at half mast, in honor of the HIndenburg

Nazi Flag Flies Over German Embassy in 1937

Wow, this is an amazing (and horrifying) photo that we found on Pinterest. The flag is at half-mast half-staff on top of the German Embassy here in D.C., in honor of the Hindenburg, which went down on...
13th St. NW

View of 13th Street in 1940s

Here’s a great old photo that we found at the Library of Congress. It shows a large group of people on 13th St. Source: Library of Congress

Photos of 1940s Boarding House Living

With the ridiculous rise in cost of living here in DC, maybe we should go back to the time of boarding houses. We came across some great photos of boarding house living in Washington during World...

Beautiful 1879 Panorama of Washington

What a cool series of old photos from 1879. We’ve published so many posts that we can’t remember if these went up before, but nevertheless, sharing them twice isn’t such a bad thing. Source: Library of...
Quarters of General Alfred Pleasonton, and "Government Horse Shoeing Shop" at Left, 21st St. near F NW - Washington, D.C., April 1865

What 21st and F Streets Looked Like in 1865

This is a terrific old photo of 21st and F St. NW at the conclusion of the Civil War. Does is look a little different to you? Source: civilwarphotos.net

Cool Satellite View of National Mall

Here’s a really cool, not often seen, view of the National Mall. This was taken by the IKONOS satellite on March 30th, 2001. Source: Archive.org
Mary Winsor (Penn.) '17 [holding Suffrage Prisoners banner]

Freedom For Women Is Not A Crime

This is Mary Winsor of Pennsylvania in 1917, holding up a sign in support of the National Woman’s Party. Winsor was the founder and president of the Limited Suffrage Society and in September of 1917 was...
"Municipal Building, Southern Railway, and Post Office Department, from the Willard Hotel roof." An ethereal, almost spectral view of Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street N.W. in Washington circa 1921, with the Old Post Office tower at left. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Streets of Washington Circa 1921

Source: Shorpy How beautiful is this photo down Pennsylvania Avenue? This was taken from the roof of the Willard Hotel in 1921, at the intersection of 14th street. And, if you like this photo, take a...

1939 Film Footage of Lincoln Memorial

This is cool. It’s some old stock film footage of the Lincoln Memorial from 1939, courtesy of Archive.org. Source: Archive.org

1850s Construction Photos of Treasury Building

Here is a cool series of photographs from the 1850s, when the Department of Treasury’s building on 15th St. was under construction. Source: Library of Congress We have a couple other great photos of the Treasury...
Aqueduct Bridge, Georgetown, D.C., looking toward Washington

Beautiful View of Aqueduct Bridge in 1860s

What an amazing old image of Aqueduct Bridge (check out this cool postcard). Source: Library of Congress Here are some more amazing photos if you’d like to spend way too much time on the Internet.
Third in a series of four panoramic photographs of Washington, D.C., from left to right (west to east) taken from a tower in the Smithsonian Institution Building. The Mall area is covered with trees. The streets on the left perpendicular to the Mall are 12th Street and 11th Street. The long building on the right is Center Market bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue, Constitution Avenue, 7th and 9th Streets, N.W. Up and behind Center Market on the right, the large building is the Pension Bureau Building bounded by F and G Streets, N.W., between 4th and 5th Streets, designed by General Montgomery C. Meigs, completed in 1887, later occupied by many government agencies and now known as the National Building Museum

1886 Panorama of D.C. from Smithsonian Castle

What an incredible 360-degree panorama of Washington from 1886. This image was taken from the top of the Smithsonian Castle. Don't miss it!

Really Old Pre-Civil War Photo of Washington

Now this is a really super old photo of Washington from around 1857. Click on it for a much larger version to study it. I believe this is a view looking southeast, and the Washington Monument...
National Bank of Washington--Louisiana Avenue--Central National Bank

National Bank of Washington in 1892

Here’s a beautiful old photograph of the National Bank of Washington back in 1892. Source: Library of Congress Both of the buildings in the above photo are still there today as shown in the Google Street...
Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Leaders of the march], 08/28/1963

Leaders of the Civil Rights March (1963)

What a terrific old photo from 1963. This is, of course, the Civil Rights March from August 28th of that year and these gentlemen are standing in the Lincoln Memorial. Source: U.S. National Archives

What Union Station Looked Like in 1963

What a cool old photo of Union Station (here’s another amazing photo). This was taken by Thomas O’Halloran on August 14, 1963. For some historical context, on August 8th, the Great Train Robbery took place in...

Women’s Party Arrives With Petition in 1913

Here’s a photo that we dug up from the Library of Congress. It shows a procession in the summer of 1913 coming from Hyattsville to DC to present a petition to Congress.
Crowd on Watergate steps watching performance on barge at edge of Potomac River (ca. 1956). Burdell Wright, Jr. Photograph Collection

Performance on Watergate Steps

Wow, what a cool old photo from the 1950s.