Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Cuban embassy

Great Photo of the Cuban Embassy

Here is a terrific old photograph of the Cuban Embassy on 16th St. Source: Library of Congress
Southwest Washington, D.C. With South End Of L'Enfant Plaza In Foreground, April 1973

L’Enfant Plaza From the Air in 1973

L’Enfant Plaza has to be one of the most bleak places in D.C. It’ such a shame that an entire quadrant of the city was basically bulldozed to make way for the crappy urban renewal of...
Harpers Ferry in July 1865

Harpers Ferry and the Potomac River in 1865

This is really stretching it to be included as a GoDC post, but seeing as Harpers Ferry is quite close, and is a reasonable day trip from D.C., we’re going to include this photo. Plus, it’s...
Frances Benjamin Johnston seated with three other people in automobile

Frances Benjamin Johnston in a Car

Here’s a cool photo from the early 20th century. It shows the famed photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston in an old automobile with three others. Source: Library of Congress
old Italian embassy at 16th and Fuller

Old Italian Embassy in Better Days

The building is such an amazing one and it’s truly sad that it still sits there empty. Hopefully someone will do something with it soon, as the shell of the building is just a sad reminder...
Entrance to Washington Water Works, Great Falls, Potomac River - Photograph shows two men standing in a small flat boat near the spillway.

Entrance to the Washington Water Works

What an amazing photograph from the 1860s. This shows the entrance to the Washington Water Works near Great Falls. Source: Library of Congress
custom house in Alexandria

Alexandria City Post Office and Custom House

Here is a great old photo we dug up showing the Alexandria Custom House in 1918. Source: Library of Congress
Washington Monument Fourth of July celebrations 1919

July 4th, 1919 Celebration at the Washington Monument

This is a great old photograph of the crowd at the base of the Washington Monument, celebrating the Fourth of July. Source: Library of Congress
Great Falls in 1864

Beautiful 1864 Photo of Great Falls

What an awesome old photograph of Great Falls from 1864. Source: Library of Congress
Sunday. 7 yr. old news-boy, without a badge, who tried to "short-change" me when he sold me a paper. "He can rustle de poipers"another boy said. William Parralla, 313 Second St., S.W.

Amazing Photo of Young Paper Boy on Pennsylvania Avenue

What an incredible photograph this is. It shows a little 7-year-old newsboy trying to sell newspapers. The caption listed at the Library of Congress is also amusing. The photo was taken in April 1912, the same...
Washington, D.C. A street scene showing street cars crossing at 14th Street and New York Avenue, photographed from a building near the Lotus Club

Detailed 1939 Photo of Intersection at 14th and New York

Here’s a great shot of the intersection of New York Avenue and 14th Street from 1939. Source: Library of Congress
Crandall's Theater, 9th & E, N.W.

Crandall’s Theater: Coolest Theater South of the North Pole

You have to love the advertisement hanging on the side of the theater. This was Crandall’s Theater at 9th and E St. NW, sometime in the 1920s. Source: Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. Ex-Confederate iron-clad ram Stonewall at anchor; U.S. Capitol in the background

Wow … Ex-Confederate Ironclad Anchored in Washington

This is an amazing image. It shows the Confederate Ironclad Stonewall in 1865, anchoring in Washington. What’s amazing, is right between the masts, you can see the Capitol Dome. Source: Library of Congress And we did...
homes in Lyon Park

Arlington GoDCers, Can You Identify This Block?

Here’s another challenge for you Arlington folks. This is a photo taken around 1921, and it shows a few homes in Lyon Park. Any idea where this is or if these homes still exist? Source: Library...
View of Alexandria, Va., showing new engine house in which sixty engines can be stored in working order

Great Civil War Photograph of Alexandria

We dug up a great old photo of Alexandria from a distance the other day, and found another gem at the Library of Congress. What do you recognize in this photo? Source: Library of Congress
French Embassy

New French Embassy on 16th Street

Americans have a love-hate relationship with France. They helped us kick the British out of the Colonies. We helped them kick the Nazis out of France. We find them to have superior culture, yet we also...
Cherrydale Home

Arlington GoDCers, Can You Identify This Home?

We need your help … this is a photo from the Library of Congress showing a home in Cherrydale. Can anyone identify this home (if it still exists today)? The photo appears to be from 1920....
First of fair sex to obtain motorcycle license in Capital. Washington, D.C., Sept. 15. Although she weights only 88 pounds--one-third of the machine she rides, Mrs. Sally Halterman is the first woman to be granted a license to operate a motorcycle in the District of Columbia. She is 27 years old and 4 feet, 11 inches tall. Immediately after receiving her permit, Mrs. Halterman was initiated into the D.C. Motorcycle Club - the only girl ever to be accorded this honor

First Motorcycle License Granted to a Woman

Sally Halterman was just 27 years old, 88 pounds and just under five feet tall. That didn’t stop her from becoming the first woman to receive a license to operate a motorcycle in D.C. This photo...