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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

The Hall was named for Thomas Copley, S.J. (ca. 1595-1652). Among its many external decorations is a large Latin inscription on its middle gable which reads: 'Moribus Antiquis Res Stat Loyolaea Virisque.' This has been translated as: 'Loyola’s Fortune Still May Hope To Thrive, If Men and Mold Like Those of Old Survive.' The south gable bears the family crest of St. Ignatius Loyola who founded the Society of Jesus, the lily of the seal of the University of Paris where he was educated, and the seal of the Society of Jesus.

Georgetown’s Copley Hall in 1931

Here is a photo of the new Copley Hall in 1931. Source: Georgetown University Library
Feb. 9, 1928. Washington, D.C. "Peter Pan, wire-haired terrier pet of the personal secretary to President Coolidge and Mrs. Edward T. Clark, arrived at the White House today attired in 'flapper galoshes'."

Peter Pan Wearing Rubber Galoshes (Bizarre)

What is better than a dog wearing galoshes? Ghost Dog doesn’t plan on getting these anytime soon. But, I think you can see why I had to post it. Oh, and it happens to be the...
Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "People's Drug Store, Seventh & K, night." With a lurid display of "trusses and rubber goods." National Photo Co.

Amazing Photo of People’s Drug Store at 7th and K

What an incredible photo. Thanks to Shorpy for posting this one. Source: Shorpy The building above is the old People’s Drug Store at 7th and K  St. NW (where it intersects Mass. Ave.) and below is...
1947 Washington, D.C.

1947 View of the Capitol

We love streetcars and old photos of the Capitol Building. Here’s one from 1947. Source: Jalopy Journal
Members of Georgetown University’s track team, complete with running shoes, pose somewhat incongruously in front of the card catalog in Riggs Library

Sweet Georgetown Track Uniforms

Where can I get a sweet outfit like this? These polished gentlemen are not prisoners … they’re members of the Georgetown University track team in 1901. Source: Georgetown University Library
Balloon view of Washington, D.C., Harper's Weekly, July 27, 1861, p. 476. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-71022. Smithsonian Institution Building can be seen at the top center east of the Potomac River and Virginia, Washington Canal visible, proceeding from the Potomac River due east and then southeast.

1861 View of Washington From a Balloon

This is a cool print we found on the Library of Congress website. Source: Library of Congress

Classic 1937 Photo! Georgetown Student Gives the Middle Finger

I love this. Add some color, put it on Instagram or Facebook, and this happens today. Things never change. Source: Georgetown University Library
Analoston Island

Amazing 1874 View of Analoston and Aqueduct Bridge

This is awesome. Thanks to Georgetown University for this one. Source: Georgetown University Library
early map of Washington

Early Map of Washington and the Patawmack

That’s right, the Patawmack River, not the Potomac. Check out this cool map of what would become the City of Washington. It was done around 1893, near the city’s centennial. Source: Library of Congress
Dunbar High School

Dunbar High School Opens With Problems

No, not the one just built. The one built in the 1970s. Yes, the ridiculously ugly, brutalist, Soviet-looking building known as Dunbar High School. Here’s an article we dug up from the Washington Post, printed on...
Dupont Circle metro

Photo of Dupont Circle Metro Under Construction

Unfortunately, I didn’t find a larger version of this image, but it’s still pretty cool to see. Source: Rare Vintage Photos of Washington, D.C.
View down Connecticut Ave. NW at intersection with Columbia Rd.

Awesome 1908 Postcard View of Connecticut Avenue

This is a terrific old postcard we found in our GoDC buddy John’s Flickr photostream. Source: Flickr user StreetsOfWashington If you were look down this road today, on the left you would see the Hilton Hotel....
Au Pied De Cochon in 1980

1980 Photograph of Au Pied De Cochon

Thanks to GoDCer Mike, who sent this in to us. Now, whenever you walk by this spot, you get a waft of greasy Five Guys burgers and fries. Then, you saw a place with some great...

Video of Really Old Photographs of Washington

Here is an interesting video that we found, showing a collection of really old photos of D.C.  
streetcars

More 1950s Footage of D.C. Streetcars

Here’s another great video of the old D.C. streetcar system.
The Connecticut Inn Motel

The Connecticut Inn Motel

Here’s a cool old postcard we dug up on Flickr. It shows the old Connecticut Inn Motel at 4400 Connecticut Ave. NW in 1973. The building is still there, but upgraded a little bit. Source: Flickr...
82 streetcar line

Excellent 1950s Video of 82 Streetcar Line

This is some really cool old footage. It shows the 82 streetcar line running from Eckington, heading through northeast, up to Mount Rainier, Hyattsville, Riverdale Park, and College Park. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpFCFILDOxs It’s really long, but well worth...
3926-3928 Morrison St. NW

3926-3928 Morrison Street NW in 1919

Photos like this are great. Look at the old homes on Morrison Street back then and check out the Google Street View today. Also, check out how the streets used to be dirt roads. Source: Library...