Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Suffrage open air meeting at the National Capitol demanding that Congress pass the National woman suffrage amendment-- Feb. 1913. Corner Penn. Ave. and 15th St. where the Washington Hotel now stands.

1913 Suffrage Meeting at Pennsylvania and 15th

Below are two photos from a 1913 women’s suffrage meeting on 15th St.  
Washington in the 1910s

Amazing View of Washington in the 1910s

Wow, this one is great. I wish I had a higher resolution version of this. This looks like a view up 15th Street with the Treasury Department on the left. Source: old-pictures.com
bird's-eye view of Washington in 1905

Terrific 270-Degree View of 1905 Washington

We love these awesome panorama shots. This one is from 1905. Make sure you click on it for a much larger version. Source: Library of Congress
1915 panorama of Washington, DC

Fantastic 1915 Panorama of the City

I don’t remember if this one was posted, but it’s amazing. It shows the city as it looked in 1915. Yes, the image below looks miniature … click on it for a larger version. Source: Library...
Missouri Avenue NW

Concord Avenue Becomes Missouri Avenue

GoDCer Bob sent in this photo of a man putting up new street signs for Missouri Ave. The photo is from 1946.
Lower Prince St. Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria As It Looked in 1940

Here is a series of cool old photos from Alexandria taken on September 23rd, 1940. Source: Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection  
Demonstrators from a broad political spectrum picket outside the White House during the height of the Cold War confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the placement of missile silos in Cuba. The Cuban missile crisis demonstration attracted elements on the fringe of American society as evidenced by the last panel frame showing members of an American neo-Nazi group protesting President John F. Kennedy’s “soft” stance on Cuba.

Neo-Nazis Picket White House; Urge Kennedy to Invade Cuba

This is a shocking old photo from 1962. These neo-Nazis are protesting in front of the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis (October 14th to 28th, 1962), pushing for President Kennedy to invade Cuba. Source:...

1910s Traffic Jam on 15th Street

This is what a traffic jam looked like on 15th St. right next to the Treasury Department around 1915. These two photos were from the Library of Congress. Source: Library of Congress Source: Library of Congress
Washington snowstorm damage

Destruction of 1913 Storm

I can’t make out the sign above the door at left, can you? I’d like to do a little digging on this collapsed building. The photo is labeled as “1913 Washington, DC storm.” Source: old-pictures.com

Oldsmobile Crossing Boulder Bridge in 1920

Check out this terrific high resolution photo from 1920. It shows an Oldsmobile just after crossing Boulder Bridge on Beach Drive. Source: Library of Congress

Photo of Lower Georgia Avenue in 1870s

Here’s a great photo that we found on Park View DC. Of course it wasn’t called Georgia Avenue then, so read up on the history of the road too. Check out their post to read a...
boarding houses in Washington (1940)

Help Identify These Boarding Houses (c. 1940)

GoDCers, we need your help. Where is this? The photo was sent in by Ben this week and we’d love to help him identify the location. I’m guessing that there’s a fifty percent chance they still...
Healy Hall in 1940

Healy Hall in Brick? … Nevermind

Is this right? We need your help. We’re doing a little pre-posting for the next week and came across this fascinating photo. It appears to be Healy Hall at Georgetown, but it looks like it’s completely...
Wisconsin Avenue, NW, south of O Street at "rush hour" (June 30, 1960).

“Rush Hour” on Wisconsin Near O Street in 1960

Not exactly rush hour. But, it looks pretty similar to today, minus the streetcar tracks of course. Source: DDOTDC
Scott Circle, NW, looking northeast from Rhode Island Avenue with statue of Gen. Winfield Scott; note glass street sign under globe. (July 8, 1950

Scott Circle in the 1950s

Here’s a cool photo that we found on Flickr. Source: DDOTDC Flickr
1940s DC rowhouse

Color Photo of Rowhouse in the 1940s

Wow, this is beautiful. Any idea where this house is? This looks like it could be Dupont, or maybe Columbia Heights? Source: vintage everyday UPDATE: A reader tweeted the following. @GhostsofDC @UrbanTurf_DC looks like Hillyer Pl NW...
At 3rd & H Streets, NE, a streetcar passes an unpaved sidewalk and no-longer existing wall, September 1947

What H Street Looked Like in 1947

Very different than today … this is what H St. NE looked like a couple of years after World War II. Source: DDOTDC Flickr
The clean-cut collegiate looks of these two young peace activists do not fit the common stereotype of the long-haired radicals and "peaceniks" who protested against the escalating war in Southeast Asia. They were joined by several hundred thousand anti-war protestors who descended upon the nation's capitol to dissent against what they believed was an immoral war.

I Won’t Fight in Vietnam (1965)

Here’s a photo we came across on Pinterest user Estella Gonzales’ pinboard. Several hundred thousand people had descended on Washington to protest our involvement in the escalating Vietnam War. Source: Penn State Special Collections