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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

14th and U Street in 1960

Night Photo of 14th and U Streets in 1960

What a cool photo courtesy of the Smithsonian. This is a shot of U St. in 1960. If I’m not mistaken, this is looking east, standing on the northwest corner of the block. Source: Smithsonian
Howard University Women’s Athletic Day, Nov. 1949

Howard University Women’s Athletic Day

Here’s a cool photo that we found on Tumblr. This is Howard University’s Women’s Athletic Day in 1949. Source: Vintage Black Beauties

Washington’s Faces of Yesterday [VIDEO]

Here’s the first video we’ve made in quite some time. It’s a complition of names and photos of regular Washingtonians who called the District their home between 1912 and 1942. P.S. Sorry for the typo in...
Aerial View of Washington Circle

Aerial View of Washington Circle Along K Street Corridor

How many buildings can you recognize in this aerial view of Washington Circle along the K Street corridor? For reference, you are looking east. At the very top right corner, you can see the Capitol Building....
Three firemen on fire engine drawn by three horses, Washington, D.C.

D.C. Fire Engine Pulled by Horses in 1912

This is pretty cool, and our fire engine fans out there will love it. This is what the fire department looked like in 1912. Source: Library of Congress
Nellie and Isabel Sedgeley with their electric car, unidentified site. Sedgeley Photograph Collection c.1905-1915

Two Ladies, One Dude, and an Electric Car

Okay, there’s a dog and an older dude in there too but … Source: Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Demolition of buildings on the corner of 11th Street and Virginia Avenue SW. View northwest over the Agriculture Department Building to the Washington Monument (1959). Garnet W. Jex "Southwest Redevelopment" Slide Collection, HSW.

Building Demolition at 11th and Virginia (1959)

Ugh, these are always so sad to see. So much of D.C. was destroyed in the 1950s in the name of progress.
Women at Western High School posing on an exercise device

Exercising at Western High School

These photos are all part of the Frances Benjamin Johnston at the Library of Congress and were taken in 1899. They depict women exercising at Western High School, which no longer exists, but the building now...
View northwest past the equestrian statue (by Henry Kirke Brown) of General Winfield Scott. Includes the Queen Anne-style Windom House on the northwest corner of Massachusetts Avenue and 16th Street NW, and the Hutchins House next door to the west. (Current site of the Australian Embassy). William H. Seaman Photograph Collection, HSW (1888)

Windom House in 1888: Current Site of Australian Embassy

This is an amazing old photo from 1888. It shows the Windom House at the intersection of 16th St. and Mass Ave. This is where the Australian Embassy sits today. Source: Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Victory Tire Co., 14th Street N.W." Guaranteed 6,000 miles! National Photo Company glass negative.

Victory Tire Company on 14th Street

This is the Victory Tire Company in 1920. The store was located at 1026 14th St. NW, which is just north of K St.
Nov 1982 | Crews work to complete the building of the tunnel near Forest Glen Station.

Vintage Washington Metro Construction Photos

How cool are these? We stumbled across them on Metro’s Facebook page. Tunnel near Forest Glen Forest Glen construction Silver Spring station construction Gallery Place-Chinatown 1974 Gallery Place-Chinatown construction Archives construction 1975 Take a look at...
Mount Vernon Lager Beer Brewery and Pleasure Garden near the northeast corner of 4th and E Streets NE. (Juenemann Photograph Collection, HSW, ca. 1865-1870)

Pre-Civil War Mount Vernon Beer and Pleasure Garden

This is so cool! The photo is from just after the Civil War and it shows an old beer garden located at 4th and E St. NE. Source: Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Best Lobster Dinner Ever!

Oh man, check this out. Can you make up a caption for this? Source: Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
inside armory square hospital

Patients in Armory Square Hospital: 1865

Built in 1856, Armory Square Hospital stood for more than a century on Independence Ave and 7th Sts. SW. It was demolished in 1964, and has since been replaced by the National Air and Space Museum....
don't swim in the Potomac

Potomac Water is a Health Hazard (1973)

Remember how nasty the Potomac River was? Yes, it’s still not the greatest, but it’s swimmable in some parts (as long as you don’t have open wounds). Back in the 1970s, it was absolutely polluted. Check...
First Congregational Church (10 and G Streets NW) c. 1946. Bert Sheldon Photograph Collection, HSW.

First Congregational Church at 10th and G St. NW (1946)

Here’s a great old photograph from 1946, showing the church at 10th and G St, near Metro Center. First Congregational Church (10 and G Streets NW) c. 1946. Bert Sheldon Photograph Collection, HSW. Source: Historical Society...
Flood caused by the ice jam in the Potomac River in March, 1918. Scene in Georgetown. General Photograph Collection, HSW

Georgetown Flood of March 1918

Check out this crazy photo. It’s almost hard to believe, but there was a huge flood in Georgetown back in 1918 and this is what it looked like (sorry for the blurry photo). Thanks so much...
Sister Beatrice, Superintendant of Providence Hospital in garden with another nun and St. Bernard dogs. c.1890. General Photograph Collection, HSW

Afternoon Photo: Two Nuns and Two Big Dogs

What’s better than a photo of two nuns and a dog? Here’s a shot from somewhere in the 1890s of Sister Beatrice, the superintendent of Providence Hospital (learn about it here). Source: Historical Society of Washington,...