Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Policeman using mirror to direct traffic at 14th St. and Pennsylvania Avenue

Excellent Photo of Traffic Cop at 14th and Penn.

Here is a terrific photograph from the Library of Congress, showing a traffic policeman at 14th and Pennsylvania, making use of a rearview mirror. The photo was taken some time in the 1920s.
Smith Transfer and Storage Co., 13th & U Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Smith’s Storage Co., Currently the Ellington Apartments Location

This is the Smith Transfer and Storage Company, formerly at 1313 U St., where the Ellington Apartment Building sits today. This photo was taken sometime between 1910 and 1920.
Women competing in low hurdle race

Women Competing in Low Hurdle Race

This is a photograph from, what appears to be, Central High School (Cardozo), some time in the 1920s. These young ladies are competing in the low hurdle race.
Riggs Bank - the Dept. of Justice for A.P.A.

Riggs Bank Photo Dated November 14th, 1888

This is an awesome photo dated November 14th, 1888. The photo is labeled “Riggs Bank – the Dept. of Justice for A.P.A.” and was taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
Abbey Jackson, seated, and Celene DuPuy ice skating on reflecting pool, with Lincoln Memorial in background

Ice Skating on the Reflecting Pool

Here is a nice photo from the late 1920s of two young women skating on the reflecting pool, with the Lincoln Memorial in the background. I think it’s safe to say, this isn’t something you’re likely...
policeman having coffee

Policeman Loves His Coffee

This is an interesting photograph from the 1920s. A policeman is chatting with the driver of a car and he appears to have a young African-American man as a passenger.
young man pulled by horse

Man on Skis Pulled By Horse

How great is this shot? And, how much fun is this guy having? Chances are we wiped out shortly after this was taken during the winter of 1919.
view of the Franklin School in the 1920s

Franklin School in the 1920s

Take a look at the Franklin School back in the 1920s. It still stands today and is being turned into a language-arts museum.
Photograph shows Carroll Row, a block of five houses at 1st & A Street, SE, razed in 1887 for construction of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building. Includes the sign "Architect."

Excellent View Down East Capitol from The Capitol Dome

This is a great view down East Capitol St. from the Dome, taken around 1880. UPDATE: GoDCer Leonard sent along this great shot (a little blurry), from the same vantage point today. So cool!  
Photo shows historic boarding house, also called Eastern Branch Hotel, on the south side of Pennsylvania Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. (Source: Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 1904, v. 7, p. 79)

Incredible Photo of the Old Tunnicliff Hotel

This is the old Tunnicliff’s Tavern in a photo from around 1910.
Pennsylvania Ave. street scene

Pennsylvania Avenue Street Scene Frozen in Time (1917)

What an amazing shot of Pennsylvania Ave., frozen in time.
Francis H. Robinson (December 27th, 1919)

White House Chauffeur Francis H. Robinson

This is a great personal story of a behind-the-scenes man. Francis H. Robinson was a long-time chauffeur for the White House, having arrived in Washington back in 1910. Robinson was originally from Massachusetts, born around 1876,...
Composite of large group of policemen with U.S. Capitol in background. Head-and-shoulders portraits of policemen and police stations around border.

Can You Spot Officer Sprinkle? Metropolitan Police Department in 1904

I can’t find him in this photograph. Can you?
View of Georgetown D.C.

View of Georgetown, D.C. in the 1850s

This is a great view of what Georgetown looked like in the 1850s.
Photo shows night view of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., decorated with electric lights for the first inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008)

Beautiful 1913 Night Photo of Pennsylvania Ave.

You know you’re freaked out about Gmail being down! This will distract you while you can’t access your email. The photo was taken on March 3rd, 1913. It is absolutely amazing. Click on it for a...
panoramic view of Washington in 1865

Panoramic View of 1865 Washington

What an amazing photograph. It’s a little grainy, but you can make out some of the buildings, including the patent office.

1993 Photos of Engine Company No. 24 in Petworth

These are old, but not really that old. They are from 1993 (but I still find it hard to believe that 1993 was 20 years ago!). You can find a few more of them at the...
Members of the Republican baseball team of the House of Representatives parading around the field at American League Park

Republican Congressional Baseball Team Riding an Elephant … Seriously

This is a rather strange photo. It’s of the Republican Congressional baseball team parading around the field at American League Park. The photo was taken on May 3rd, 1926. Don’t forget to watch Ron Paul crank...