Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Awesome Aerial View of Federal Triangle in the 1980s

What a great shot of Federal Triangle, looking down Pennsylvania Ave. You can also see the Navy Memorial under construction. Source: Library of Congress

Finally Found Another Photo of Officer Sprinkle!

On the chance that something related to our favorite police officer had been added to the Library of Congress archives, we ran a quick search this weekend, and sure enough … something came up. Below is...
Hotel Washington advertisement from 1918

1918 Ad for Hotel Washington (Now W Hotel)

Currently the W Washington, DC, the Hotel Washington was one of the finest in the city when it was completed. Below is a cool old advertisement from 1918. Source: Library of Congress @GhostsofDC Have you ever...
tank rolling through Washington during World War I

Whoa! Tank Rolling Through DC (Where Is This?)

This is a cool photo from 1918, showing a tank rolling through Washington. Any idea where this is? Source: Library of Congress

Officer Sprinkle and His Brother

Thanks to the tweet below, we came across an amazing photo of Officer Sprinkle and his brother. Dunno if word ever got to @GhostsofDC or @timkrepp – TWO Sprinkle brothers were MPD officers, J.L. and J.F....

FDR and the “Buddy Poppy” (1938)

I never knew about the significance of the November poppy for certain countries until I left to study in Brussels back in 2004. Now, I notice it. Every November, I notice the poppy. My wife pins a...
6911 8th Street NW

For Sale: 6911 8th Street NW

What a cool then and now photo. This is 6911 8th St. NW back in 1921, when it appears to have been for sale. Check out the Zillow listing for the home today. Source: Library of...
January 28th, 1922 - snowstorm

Amazing Photo of the Blizzard of 1922

This is a photo of the massive storm that hit Washington, dumping so much snow on the city that the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater collapsed, killing 98 people. Source: Library of Congress

Last Mayor of Washington City, Matthew G. Emery

Before the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871, the District of Columbia had separate local municipalities, including Georgetown and the City of Washington (i.e., Old City below what is now Florida Ave.). Outside of those...
1072 Thomas Jefferson St. NW

Then and Now: Thomas Jefferson Street in Georgetown

This is a small, little known block in Georgetown, but the photo below is beautiful. it’s from around 1899, and below it, you can see the same buildings today on Google Street View. Make sure to...
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (August 28th, 1963)

Incredible Crowd Photos from 1963 March on Washington

This is an incredible series of photos of the massive crowd gathered in the city for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Source: Penn State Special Collections
drawing of shopping center (1940)

New Arlington Shopping Center Costs $250,000 (1940)

If you live in Arlington, you’ve probably driven past this place a thousand times. The shopping center we’re talking about sits at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Glebe Road. The Washington Post had a brief...

Great Photo of Young Soldiers at Vietnam Protest

This is a terrific photo that deserved its own post. It really adds a human element to the protest. These are basically just kids in their 20s either protesting the foreign policy of their government, or...
view northwest from the Washington Monument in 1894

Incredible Northwest View from Washington Monument (1894)

Forgive us if we posted this before, but we can’t remember, and second … it’s amazing, so you should check it out (and share this on Facebook with your friends). Source: Cornell University Library
Blaine Mansion 1900

Great Photo of Blaine Mansion in 1900

This is a terrific photo of Blaine Mansion in Dupont Circle around 1900. Now, this is where you go to get some great pizza and beer and Pizzeria Paradiso. Source: Shorpy
neo-Nazis picket the White House (1965)

Neo-Nazis Picket White House in Favor of Vietnam War

This is another photo from the turbulent 1960s that we found in the Penn State Special Collections archive. It shows a group of neo-Nazis picketing in Lafayette Park across from the White House in 1965. Source:...
March on Washington against the war in Vietnam (21-22 October, 1967)

Incredible Photos of 1967 March on Pentagon Against the Vietnam War

Check out this incredible series of photos from 1967. These show the protests organized by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam in October of 1967. The crowd gathered around the Lincoln Memorial...
southwest Washington

Whoa … Check Out This Old Photo of Southwest Waterfront

The photo wasn’t labeled, but I’m guessing this is from the between the 1900s and 1910s? This is from our buddy John DeFerrari over at Streets of Washington. Source: Streets of Washington Pinterest