Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Amazing Civil War Bird’s Eye View of Alexandria

I love this. You’ll love this too, I’m sure. It’s a bird’s eye view of Alexandria from the water in 1863. Thank you Library of Congress!
November 1942. Washington, D.C. "Southwest section. Two Negro boys." Large format negative by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information.

Amazing Photo of Two Boys in Southwest (1942)

Amazing photograph here of two young boys in Southwest during World War II, before the quadrant was pretty much obliterated and rebuilt in the ugly, brutalist style that stands today. What a shame.
Perspective sketch - Washington Manual Training High School, Henry Ives Cobb, Architect (1895-1898)

Washington Manual Training High School in 1895

Below is a great drawing of the Washington Manual Training High School around 1895. Today, this building is the Asbury Dwellings apartment building. Here is the Google Street View of the same corner today. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?gl=us&ie=UTF8&ll=38.912274,-77.021863&spn=0.011804,0.022638&t=m&z=16&layer=c&cbll=38.912342,-77.022084&panoid=u1nkd6en4ypw5O3Xvq_V_A&cbp=12,117.04,,0,-7.51&source=embed&output=svembed]
July 1942. Washington, D.C. "Municipal swimming pool on Sunday." Remember: Sitting confined to sign. Photo by Marjory Collins for the OWI.

No Running By The Pool (1942)

Some things never change. The pool rules are certainly no exception.  
horse buggy

A GoDCer Shares Awesome Old Photos of Her Grandparents

I received a great email the other day from GoDCer Patricia, a woman with some great historical ties to Washington. Below is what she sent. Some great transportation photos from the past. These are pictures of...
views of Washington from American University

A 1914 Bucolic View of Washington from American University

Times sure were different when these photographs were taken in 1914. These are views of Washington from American University near Tenleytown.
Dupont Circle Building at 1346 Connecticut Ave. NW

A 1930s Aerial View of Dupont Circle Building

You recognize this building. Yep, the one with CVS and Krispy Kreme. This is a view of it from the air in the 1930s.
Dupont Circle in 1904

Photograph of Dupont Circle in 1904

Terrific old photograph of Dupont Circle in 1904.
Camp, Fort Totten

Another Amazing Photo of Fort Totten

Here is another great photograph of Fort Totten. This one appears to be from around World War I.

Amazing Civil War Photos of Fort Totten

With the massive popularity of our panorama shots from last week, we wanted to add another great series of shot for GoDCers this week. Take a look at these photographs from the Civil War.    
Wounded servicemen arriving from Vietnam at Andrews Air Force Base

Soldier Wounded in Vietnam, Arrives at Andrews

This is a powerful photograph from March 8th, 1968. After our Andrews AFB post this morning, we did a little digging for some photographs. This one shows a wounded serviceman is being carried off a military...
young women exercising with dumbbells at Western High School

Female Students Exercising in the Gym (1899)

What a fascinating series of photographs. These were taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston around 1899 and we dug this up at the Library of Congress. It shows a group of young women exercising in the Western...
Dupont Circle looking east

View of Dupont Circle from Blaine Mansion

This photograph appears to be taken from Blaine Mansion sometime during the 1920s, looking east over Dupont Circle. You can see the Cairo Building in the background.
May 29, 1959. "Prince George Plaza, Hyattsville, Maryland. Night view." An actual mall (a long, open plaza) when it opened in 1959, the shopping center was enclosed in the 1970s and renamed the Mall at Prince Georges. Large-format safety negative by Samuel H. Gottscho.

Prince George’s Plaza in 1959

This is Prince George’s Plaza  in the “Wonder Years” era. It was actually an open-air mall in those days. Reminds me of this mall photo we posted a while back.
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Fealy's Corner, 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue." Dr. Martin Fealy's pharmacy at 1024 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Excellent View Down Pennsylvania Ave. in 1920

Another beautiful shot down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol. This photo was taken in 1920. Below is a view from the same area today using Google Street View. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1100+pennsylvania+ave+se&layer=c&sll=38.882928,-76.991510&cbp=13,319.97,,0,-4.94&cbll=38.882782,-76.991529&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1100+Pennsylvania+Ave+SE,+Washington,+District+of+Columbia+20003&ll=38.882928,-76.99151&spn=0.004635,0.010568&t=m&z=14&panoid=vSM86D19pzsklADPMSejmQ&source=embed&output=svembed]
Photo shows a horse-drawn sleigh carrying what may be Melinda and Elise Painter across 14th St. at F St. in front of the Ebbitt House hotel. The modest buildings to the right of the grand hotel housed Newspaper Row, and just across the street at number 501 was Painter's office as Washington correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer. (Source: Ison article on Painter, 1990)

Incredible 1889 Photo of the Old Ebbitt House Hotel

I wish I could take credit for this discovery, but this came in from GoDCer Brian. In the background, you’ll see the Ebbitt House Hotel, the precursor to the popular restaurant of the same name.
Washington, D.C., 1919. "Fourth of July tableau on the Ellipse -- 'Columbia,' 'Liberty' and dancers." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Friday, July 4th, 1919

Interesting costumes. Even more interesting facial expressions.
Photograph shows view of Washington, D.C., taken from U.S. Capitol, showing Douglas Hospital, Old Douglas House, Railway Station, The Washington, or Wilkes House, St. Aloysius, Government Printing Office, Glenwood Cemetery, Swampoodle, Old Mill.

View of Swampoodle from Capitol Building in 1861

Here’s a good one to study. This is a view from the Capitol Building looking north, very early during the Civil War.
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