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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

1858 plan of the Navy Yard

1858 Architectural Plan for the Navy Yard

Check this out … it’s an old 1858 plan for the Navy Yard. Source: Library of Congress
1810 Shepherd St.

1950s Crestwood Home and Today

We came across this gem of a photo from the 1950s here. Check out 1810 Shepherd St. back then. And this is what it looks like today on Google Street View. Looks like the...
Three men with bicycles on bridge near Pierce Mill, Washington, D.C.

Amazing Photo of Men Bicycling Near Peirce Mill

What an amazing photo this is from sometime between the 1880s and 1910s. I can’t quite tell the direction of this shot. I think it’s looking east toward Mt. Pleasant? Source: Library of Congress
view near Gravelly Point

Aerial View Near Gravelly Point and National Airport

Check out this unique aerial view of the waterfowl sanctuary near Gravelly Point. Source: Library of Congress
Connecticut and N St. NW

Pre-Great Depression Photos of Dupont Circle

This is the intersection of 18th, N St. and Connecticut Ave. in 1929 before the Great Depression. Source: Library of Congress And, here’s a shot of Florida Ave. and 21st St. Source: Library of...
Washington Monument

The Washington Monument as Seen From The Treasury Department

Here’s an incredible view of the Washington Monument some time in the early 1980s. Source: Library of Congress
Two girls view the cherry blossoms at night from the Tidal Basin, undated, Scurlock Studio. Scurlock Studio Records, c. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Neg. no. 2008-4935.

Best Night Cherry Blossom Washington Monument Photo Ever

How great is this old photograph of the cherry blossoms and the Washington Monument? We dug this old photo up in the Smithsonian Archives. It was taken some time in the 1940s or 1950s....
Two Curtiss JN-4H "Jenny" airmail planes parked at the temporary airmail field at Washington, DC’s Polo Field, a small strip of grassy land between the Tidal Basin and Potomac River.

What Did U.S. Postal Service Planes Look Like During World War I?

What an awesome old photo of a U.S. Postal Service plane from 1918. Source: Smithsonian
Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Sherman house, 300 block Third Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Lost 3rd St. NW Buildings

How different does this view of 3rd St. look like? Source: Shorpy