Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

boat club

Boat Club by Aqueduct Bridge

Here’s a great shot that we found on Flickr. It’s the boat club just above Aqueduct Bridge (or where Key Bridge is today). Source: D.C. Public Library
Aqueduct Bridge in 1898

Aqueduct Bridge in 1898

Avid GoDC commenter Mike, sent along this great shot of the old Aqueduct Bridge. It’s a really cool photograph from 1898, and in the foreground, you can see the Connecticut Pie Company wagon.
1927. "Skinned frankfurts, made in Washington, D.C." What Bismarck said about laws and sausages: It turns out you can watch them (or not watch them) being made in the same place. Harris & Ewing glass negative.

Skinned Wieners Made in Washington, D.C.

Terrific old photo of a woman in 1927, working at a D.C. sausage factory.
December 17, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Auto safety device demonstration. Inspector Albert Headley." National Photo glass negative.

Bizarre Safety Demonstration Circa 1924

It’s not very clear what’s happening here, but it appears that the men are demonstrating some sort of safety scoop on the front of this car. Nevertheless … bizarre. Source: Shorpy
plan for bowling alley at 14th and T

Then and Now: Matchbox on 14th Street

The kind folks over at Matchbox on 14th St. sent over a bunch of great photos from their building. Check them out below.
Lincoln Memorial in 1924

Family at the Lincoln Memorial

I’m busy watching playoff baseball (sadly, not our Nats) … cranking through the posts for next week and I wanted to share one immediately. Unfortunately, because of this government shutdown, you can’t replicate what this family...
Loudon National Bank and King Street

Then and Now: King and Market Streets in Leesburg

Take a look at the Google Street View of King Street in Leesburg today, at the intersection with Market Street. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=embed&hl=en&geocode=&q=South+King+Street,+Leesburg,+VA&aq=0&oq=king+st+leesburg&sll=39.116069,-77.566858&sspn=0.001384,0.00284&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=S+King+St,+Leesburg,+Virginia+20175&ll=39.100105,-77.576144&spn=0.044018,0.090895&t=m&z=14&layer=c&cbll=39.115545,-77.56449&panoid=859SLggUqg4_4MqDVl4OKw&cbp=12,201.25,,0,-5.52&output=svembed] And below we have the exact intersection around 1920. Source: Library of Congress
Market Street and M.E. Church, south, Leesburg, Va.

Leesburg United Methodist Church on Market Street (1920)

Check this out. It’s an old photo of the Methodist church on Market St. in Leesburg. Source: Library of Congress And below is the Google Street View today of the same building. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?cbp=12,138.23,,0,-2.21&layer=c&panoid=Ab6BYE3KLmY8BWKrBfrNdw&cbll=39.116069,-77.566858&ie=UTF8&ll=39.11606,-77.566977&spn=0.001467,0.00284&t=m&z=19&source=embed&output=svembed]
Washington, D.C., 1924. "Indian Refining Co. -- Havoline Oil." The "Wasson Motor Check" at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW, glimpsed earlier in this post.

Service Station at 14th and Florida (1924)

Check out this photo of a service station at 14th and Florida. Source: Shorpy Also, here’s an ad for the Wasson Motor Check from the August 2nd, 1924 Washington Post.
Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Post Office postmen on scooters." Kind of a Segway vibe here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

U.S. Post Office “Segways” of 1917

Check this out. Look familiar? This mode of transportation closely resembles the Segways you see zipping around D.C., carrying tourists around the sites. Or maybe a little like those Razor Scooters. Source: Shorpy You should also...
Camp of the Union forces at Centreville, Va. Winter 1861-62

Camp of Union Forces at Centreville During Winter 1861

Here’s a terrific detailed photograph of the Union encampment at Centreville during the winter of 1861-1862. Click on it for more details. Source: Library of Congress
1950s car after accident

Help Identify This 1950s Location

We came across these beautiful photographs on Flickr and had to share them with GoDCers. It appears to be an old car getting in need of some repairs after an accident. The vehicle appears to be...
Washington, D.C., 1916. "Post Office Department mail wagon." With a slogan we can all get behind. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

U.S. Mail Truck in 1916

Any idea where this might be? I’m going to guess that we won’t figure it out given the inability to make out the house numbers. Nevertheless, if you’re up for a challenge this weekend, see if...
Union soldiers guarding the Potomac River in Washington, DC in 1861. Georgetown University is visible in the background. Photo by George Barnard

Union Soldiers on the Banks of the Potomac

What an incredible photo. We dug this one up thanks to Reddit.
Washington, D.C, 1921. "Scripps-Booth Sales Co., 14th Street N.W." And one very shiny sedan. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Evening Photo: Old 1921 Car on 14th Street

This is a great old photo for you to examine. It’s a Scripps-Booth sitting in front of the dealer at 1012 14th St. NW, which is just north of K St. Unfortunately, the building no longer...
soldiers amid 1968 riot ruins

Soldiers Amid Ruins of ’68 Riots

No commentary needed on this one. A sad day for D.C.
Children playing in the Defrees Alley, NE Washington, D.C.; Near Capitol Building; One basement room rents for $9.00 a month, two rooms upstairs for $ 16.00, one bath and cold water in the hall for entire building.. Wolcott, Marion Post -- Photographer

Defrees Alley Near the Capitol Building

Here’s a fascinating photograph of living conditions that no longer exist in Washington. This is Defrees Alley in Northeast. It was located between I, K, North Capitol and First St.
January 1918. Washington, D.C. "Billy Sunday tabernacle." A temporary meeting hall built near Union Station for a three-month series of revival meetings held by the famous evangelist. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Great Photo from the Winter of 1918

This is an old photo of the “Billy Sunday tabernacle” near Union Station. Can you recognize any of the landmarks (other than the obvious Capitol and Library of Congress). Source: Shorpy