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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Post Office a la cart." Deck the truck with boughs of holly! National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Christmas Post Office Truck in 1919

Here’s a cool old photo from Christmas 1919. It appears to be a makeshift post office to handle overflow mail during the holiday season.
Union Army guard at Price, Birch & Co. slave pen at Alexandria, Virginia, circa 1865. Detail of albumen print. Photograph by Andrew J. Russell.

1865 Photo of Alexandria Slave Pen

This is a powerful Civil War-era photograph. It shows Price, Birch & Co., which was a slave dealing business. Source: Shorpy
"Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Va., 1958-63. Eero Saarinen, architect. Mobile lounges." A sort of giant rolling jetway (mostly out of frame at left) that carried passengers at Dulles from terminal to plane. The stair truck supported the gangway. 120mm color transparency by Balthazar Korab.

Boarding a Flight at Dulles in the 1960s

Dulles Airport was the first airport in the world build for jet aircraft. This photo shows passengers boarding an Eastern Airlines' Douglas DC-8
the Mall

1930s Aerial View West of the National Mall

Here’s a cool aerial shot of the National Mall from the Capitol and Library of Congress to the Potomac. Source: Cornell University Library
panorama of Walter Reed Hospital in 1919

1919 Panorama of Walter Reed Hospital

Here’s a cool old panoramic photo of Walter Reed Hospital from 1919. Click on it for a larger version. Source: Library of Congress
Giant Food on Wisconsin Avenue

Old Giant Food on Wisconsin Avenue in the 1940s

Remember this super ugly Giant on Wisconsin Ave. near the Cathedral? It’s soon going to be the new Cathedral Commons. This old photo was taken in the summer of 1942. Source: Library of Congress
The York Theatre in the 1920s

The York Theatre in Petworth

We came across an awesome old photo on Flickr of the York Theatre, sitting at 3640 Georgia Ave. NW, in Petworth, near the intersection with New Hampshire Ave. Source: Flickr user jbb23927 The theater...
U.S. Sanitary Commission 1863

Photos and Map From Civil War Convalescent Camp

This is an 1863 map of the convalescent camp four miles outside of Washington. This was run by the U.S. Christian Commission, and below is a photo of their D.C. headquarters from 1865. Source:...

1914 Automobile Directions to Harpers Ferry

This is a fun article that we came across in The Washington Post, printed on September 6th, 1914. The best part of the article is the listing of directions to get from Washington to Harpers...