Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Photographers on platform above crowd at Charles A. Lindbergh speech at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

Charles Lindbergh Receives Distinguished Flying Cross at Washington Monument

We dug this photo up at the Library of Congress. It shows the crowd at the Washington Monument, listening to a speech by Charles Lindbergh in 1927. Just a few weeks prior, Lindbergh had successfully flown...
Construction of the third office building for the U.S. Senate in 1979.

Hart Senate Office Building Under Construction

We dug this up on the U.S. Capitol’s Flickr page. It shows the Hart Senate Office Building under construction in 1979. Source: U.S. Capitol
This U.S. mail streetcar, owned and operated by the Capital Traction Company, was used to process and transport mail in Washington, DC.

Capital Traction Company U.S. Mail Streetcar

Can anyone identify the location of this photo? It was taken in 1900, showing a United States mail car. Source: Smithsonian By the way, you should check out this awesome old film of a mail streetcar...
The Unknown Soldier being taken to Arlington National Cemetery

Amazing Colorized Photo of Unknown Soldier

What an incredible colorized photo. Source: DC Public Library
Albert Hall at Catholic University

Albert Hall at Catholic University in the 1910s

Any Catholic University folks out there? How do you like this old photo? Source: Library of Congress
H St. NE after the 1968 riots

Wow. Military Occupied H St. After the 1968 Riots

Wow, this is an amazing photograph of H St. after the riots. See if you can make out where this is on H St. Source: Sam Smith
Potomac Park in 1908

Great Black and White of Potomac Park in 1908

This is a good old photo we dug up on Shorpy. It shows Potomac Park in 1908, with two cars and a horse and buggy. Source: Shorpy
old Senate Studebaker

Original Capitol Subway: 1909 Senate Studebaker

Here’s a great photograph we dug up on the U.S. Capitol Flickr page. It shows the old Senate Studebaker car. It held eight people and went back and forth between the Capitol and Russell (then known...
Mr. Henry's boarded up for protection in 1968

Photo of Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill During the 1968 Riots

What a powerful photo. We dug this up here. Source: DC Almanac
Redskins Superbowl parade in 1988

Remember When We Won in ’87? The Redskins Super Bowl Parade

Oh, these were the good old days. Hail to the Redskins! RGIII, we need you!
Richard Nixon at the Washington Senators versus the New York Yankees baseball game on Opening Day. 4/6/69.

Nixon With Kid at Senators vs. Yankees Game

Here is a fun color photograph of President Nixon at the Senators game on Opening Day, back in 1969.
Bird's-eye view of Pennsylvania Avenue west from 18th Street, Washington, D.C., showing the Department of Commerce

Bird’s-Eye View West on Pennsylvania Ave. From 18th St.

This is a view from the building at the corner of 18th and Pennsylvania. It was taken somewhere around the 1920s. Source: Library of Congress
scenes from Rock Creek Park

Amazing Scenes from Rock Creek Park in 1912

Does anyone recognize these photos? Take a look and see if you can place these locations in today’s Rock Creek Park. This is a series of great photos from the Library of Congress. They were taken...
parade in honor of Nicaraguan President - May 5th, 1939

Dazzling Display For Visiting Nicaraguan President (1939)

This is a photograph we dug up at the Library of Congress. It shows a parade in honor of Nicaraguan President Gen. Anastasio Somoza, visiting the city on May 5th, 1939.
eastward view down Pennsylvania Avenue

Stunning 1905 Landscape Photographs of Pennsylvania Avenue

What a beautiful photograph. This was taken by the Rotograph Company in 1905 with a eastward view down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Capitol. Source: Library of Congress Below is the opposite westward view down Pennsylvania Avenue...
car crossing Rock Creek

Old Photo of Rock Creek Crossing

Here’s a cool photo of a car crossing a part of Rock Creek in the 1920s. Source: Library of Congress And here is, what appears to be, the same location in Rock Creek, this time being...
Fourth of July celebration in Rock Creek

July 4th, 1914: A Celebration in Rock Creek Park

We dug up this great photo on the Library of Congress’ site. This shows a group of people in Rock Creek Park on July 4th, 1914, celebrating Independence Day. There were grand festivities across the city,...
Native American in Rock Creek Park

Native American Shoots Bow and Arrow Near Rock Creek

This is an odd photo from 1924. It’s clearly a staged shot of a Native American posing with his bow and arrow in Rock Creek Park. Source: Library of Congress