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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Riggs Bank and The Department of Justice in 1888

Here’s a cool old photograph taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston showing Riggs Bank and the Department of Justice. Source: Library of Congress
White House stables in 1857

Rare Photo of White House Stables

Have you ever seen a photo of the White House stables? We haven’t actually come across one until we found this at the Library of Congress. How cool is this? The photo was taken...
Washington street

Can You Identify This Street from 1900?

Here’s an old photo from the early 20th century. Can you identify the block? Add your thoughts in the comments below. Source: Library of Congress
Whittemore House in 1900

Photos of the Whittemore House in 1900

This beautiful old home is the Whittemore House (check out their website) on New Hampshire Ave. NW, just off of Dupont Circle. It still stands today as the Women’s National Democratic Club (check out...

Great 1930s Film Footage of Washington, D.C.

Here’s a great film of Washington in the 1930s.
Franklin School in 1900

What the Franklin School Looked Like in 1900

Check this old photo out. It was taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston around the turn of the 20th century.   Source: Library of Congress
V Drive - April 1919

1919 Photo of Treasury Department

Thanks to GoDCer Jim for sending this in via Facebook. His cousin Catherine has it hanging on her wall, and it’s a photo of the opening of the V Drive at Treasury on April...

Film of 1968 Washington Riots

Here is an old film that we dug up at the National Archives. It’s from 1968, showing the devastation of the riots following MLK’s assassination.
Western High School in 1900

1900 Photo of Western High School (Duke Ellington School of the Arts)

Here’s an old photo of Western High School taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston. The photo is from about 1900 and today, the building houses the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Source: Library of...