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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Nazi flag at half mast, in honor of the HIndenburg

Nazi Flag Flies Over German Embassy in 1937

Wow, this is an amazing (and horrifying) photo that we found on Pinterest. The flag is at half-mast half-staff on top of the German Embassy here in D.C., in honor of the Hindenburg, which went...
13th St. NW

View of 13th Street in 1940s

Here’s a great old photo that we found at the Library of Congress. It shows a large group of people on 13th St. Source: Library of Congress

Photos of 1940s Boarding House Living

With the ridiculous rise in cost of living here in DC, maybe we should go back to the time of boarding houses. We came across some great photos of boarding house living in Washington...

Beautiful 1879 Panorama of Washington

What a cool series of old photos from 1879. We’ve published so many posts that we can’t remember if these went up before, but nevertheless, sharing them twice isn’t such a bad thing. Source:...
Quarters of General Alfred Pleasonton, and "Government Horse Shoeing Shop" at Left, 21st St. near F NW - Washington, D.C., April 1865

What 21st and F Streets Looked Like in 1865

This is a terrific old photo of 21st and F St. NW at the conclusion of the Civil War. Does is look a little different to you? Source: civilwarphotos.net

Cool Satellite View of National Mall

Here’s a really cool, not often seen, view of the National Mall. This was taken by the IKONOS satellite on March 30th, 2001. Source: Archive.org
Mary Winsor (Penn.) '17 [holding Suffrage Prisoners banner]

Freedom For Women Is Not A Crime

This is Mary Winsor of Pennsylvania in 1917, holding up a sign in support of the National Woman’s Party. Winsor was the founder and president of the Limited Suffrage Society and in September of...
"Municipal Building, Southern Railway, and Post Office Department, from the Willard Hotel roof." An ethereal, almost spectral view of Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street N.W. in Washington circa 1921, with the Old Post Office tower at left. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Streets of Washington Circa 1921

Source: Shorpy How beautiful is this photo down Pennsylvania Avenue? This was taken from the roof of the Willard Hotel in 1921, at the intersection of 14th street. And, if you like this photo,...

1939 Film Footage of Lincoln Memorial

This is cool. It’s some old stock film footage of the Lincoln Memorial from 1939, courtesy of Archive.org. Source: Archive.org