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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

General view of the city of Alexandria, Va., April 15, 1864

Amazing Detailed Landscape of Alexandria in 1864

Don’t you just love these old Civil War photographs? This one is amazing, and it’s even more impressive if you click on it for the larger version. Can you see anything recognizable? One interesting thing to...
Potomac Boat Club in 1921

Potomac Boat Club and the Key Bridge Under Construction

Here is a cool old photo of the Potomac Boat Club in 1921, standing in front of, what will soon become, the Key Bridge. Looks like the guy on the right is in dire need of...
Photo shows Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.

Sewall-Belmont House

Here is a great shot of the Sewall-Belmont House at 144 Constitution Ave. NE, sometime in the late 1920s. It’s still there, so you should definitely pay a visit. Source: Library of Congress
milking a cow on the Capitol grounds

What The … ? Milking a Cow on Capitol Grounds

This is an odd one. Milking a cow on the Capitol grounds, and broadcasting it? Source: Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. President Lincoln's funeral procession on Pennsylvania Avenue (April 19th, 1865)

Lincoln’s Funeral Procession Down Pennsylvania Avenue

We dug up this powerful image of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession heading down Pennsylvania Avenue on April 19th, 1865. Click on it for better details. Source: Library of Congress
Old Ebbitt House c. 1880

Great Photo of Old Ebbitt House in 1880

What a terrific photograph of the Old Ebbitt House back in 1880. By 1878 the District had 178 phone lines! Source: Library of Congress
haymarket in Washington, DC

Awesome Photo of 1865 Haymarket in Washington

What an awesome photograph from the Civil War. This shows a haymarket, with (what I believe to be) the Smithsonian in the background. If I’m mistaken, please let me know what those buildings are. Source: Library...
Washington, D.C. Park of Wiard guns at the Arsenal; H.L. Stuart, Nathaniel P. Willis, and Gen. Daniel E. Sickles at right

Amazing Civil War Photograph of the Arsenal

This is an incredible photograph from the Civil War, showing three men at the Washington Arsenal. By the way, don’t forget to read our guest post by GoDCer Andrew on the explosion that killed 21 at...
Aerial view of Washington, D.C., looking south, southwest, from old Providence Hospital, showing E Street, Duddington Place, F Street, S.E., between 1st and 2nd Streets

Can You Recognize This Aerial View of E Street SE?

Can you identify any of these old buildings? This is an aerial view of E St. around 1900. Source: Library of Congress
Capt. B.S. Brown (left); Lt. John P. Shaw, Co. F 2nd Regt. Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry (center); and Lt. Fry (right) with African American men and boy.

Men at Camp Brightwood During the Civil War

This is a terrific old photo from the Library of Congress. It shows camp Brightwood during Civil War. If you’re into the Cultural Tourism D.C. Heritage Trail, you can read a little more about it on...
Buffalo Paints - Washington Herald (February 5th, 1922)

February 5th, 1922: Hardware Stores in D.C.

This is a page from the Washington Herald, published on February 5th, 1922. It shows a number of D.C. hardware stores selling Buffalo Paints.
Photograph shows cargo ships at the wharf in Alexandria, Virginia from Pioneer Mill, which was six stories high.

Incredible Detailed View of Alexandria Wharf in 1865

What an incredible photograph, dug up at the Library of Congress. This is from May, 1865.
Photograph shows the president's rail car at the Alexandria station. Photograph probably taken in Jan. The car was later used as Lincoln's funeral car.

President’s Railroad Car at Alexandria Station

This is the President’s official railroad car in 1865, likely taken around January. Four months later, the car would be used as Lincoln’s funeral car.
Photograph shows soldiers inside prison area where slaves were held.

The War For the Union – A Slave Pen in Alexandria

This is an incredible stereographic card, taken during the Civil War. It’s a powerful image of an Alexandria slave pen. Source: Library of Congress
Two young carrying-in boys in Alexandria (Va.) Glass Factory. Frank Clark (on left) 702 N. Patrick St., could neither read nor write, having been to school only a few weeks in his life. Two older brothers work in glass factory, and his father is a candy maker. Frank is working on night shift this week. Ashby Corbin (on right), 413 N. St. Asaph St. Has had only four terms of schooling. See also photos and labels 2260 to 2271. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.

Amazing Photos of Boys Working at the Alexandria Glass Company

This is one of those amazing photographs that you can stare at for hours, just wondering who these two boys were. We dug up an amazing series of photographs at the Library of Congress, showing the...
"Dome Oil Co., Takoma Park." In Maryland in 1921, a gritty diorama of the Petroleum Age.

Dome Gas in Takoma

This photo is of the old Dome gas service station in Takoma (or possibly Takoma Park). The caption says Takoma Park, but according to this page, the location was at Cedar and Blair, just inside the...
Photo shows the mansion called Falkland, built in the 1850s as a summer residence and burned by either Confederate troops or camp followers on July 12, 1864.

Ruins of Montgomery Blair’s Home at Silver Spring

This is a photograph of Montgomery Blair’s home, known as Falkland, burnt on July 12th, 1864. Also, don’t forget to read our post on how Silver Spring got it’s name. Source: Library of Congress
Washington, D.C., 1921. "Whistle car." A truck filled with Whistle, the "beverage wrapped in bottles." National Photo Company glass negative.

10,000 Bottles of Whistle

We dug this photo up on Shorpy and it shows a truck loaded down with 10,000 bottles of Whistle, orange soda. I’m trying to make out the building numbers behind it, but no luck. Anyone know...