Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Alexandria, VA as seen from the air in 1919

Alexandria Viewed From an Airplane in 1919

This fascinating old photograph shows Alexandria, as seen from the air, in 1919. Click on the image to see some incredible details. Source: Library of...

1980s Friendship Heights Metro Construction

Do you remember living in Washington during the 1970s? How about when the Metro was being built up along Wisconsin Avenue?
View on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.[Soldiers, civilians and children stand in front of a large brick corner building.]

Regular Life on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1865

This photo is a great moment in time, showing life on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1865, right at the end of the Civil War. Source: New...
Temple Court off D Street and Delaware, SW, Washington, D. C.

What Did Southwest D.C. Used to Look Like?

This old photograph shows Southwest D.C. as it looked in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Temple Court...
October 1935. Washington, D.C. "Capital Transit buses, F and 13th sts. NW." Just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street.

What Did Metro Center Look Like in 1935?

This fascinating old photograph shows Washington at 13th and F St. NW in 1935. This area today is Metro Center. Click on...
1921 aerial view of Washington, D.C.

Do You Recognize This 1921 Aerial View of Washington?

Who recognizes parts of this view of Washington, D.C. from 1921? Click on it for a larger, more detailed version. Source: Library of Congress
Washington during the Civil War

Do You Recognize Washington During the Civil War?

Check out this cool photo of the city back in 1861. Click on it for a larger version. Source: Library of Congress
1932 parade in Washington, D.C.

1932 Parade in Washington

Here are two photos showing a parade in the District. Source: Library of Congress Source: Library of Congress
At the bar at Warwick's Cafe, 13th St., NW near Pennsylvania Ave., 1894

Lost History: Warwick’s Saloon at 13th and Pennsylvania

Let's do a little lost history again and dig into the old saloon history of our city. We found a great photo of an...
Meridian Hill Park in 1910s

Meridian Hill Park in 1920s

Meridian Hill Park is an amazing place to visit up 16th St. NW. Built in the 1910s, you can see some amazing photos here.
Washington, D.C. in the 1910s

Where is This in 1920s Washington?

Does anyone out there recognize where this photo was taken in 1910 the 1920s? Click on it for greater details and put you thoughts...
Capital Transit demonstration run of a Twin Coach articulated bus (a model they did not end up using), April 3, 1948. This turnaround is still used by buses today [photo by Robert S. Crockett].

Calvert Street Bus Turnaround in 1948

Check this out. It looks as it does today, minus the Toddle House in the background which is now Mama Ayesha's. Source: Flickr user rockcreek
Photo of Metro Center in 1973

What Did Metro Center Look Like Under Construction in 1973?

Check out this great set of photos from 1973, showing construction of Metro Center underground. Also, don't miss these other great old Metro photos showing Dupont...
Washington Monument in 1928

Beautiful Washington Monument in 1928

This stunning old photo of the Washington Monument was taken in 1928. Click on it for even more incredible details. Source Library of Congress
View of Rosslyn over the Key Bridge in 1964

1964 View of Rosslyn Skyline

This old photo is over 50 years old, showing what Rosslyn looked like from Georgetown in 1964. Source: Library of Congress
Looking east at construction on Arlington Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., in the United States. Note the statue on the partially-constructed pedestal just to the right of the abutments (bottom center). The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts erected this mock-up to determine how high statues on the piers of the bridge should be.

Cool 1928 Photo of Arlington Memorial Bridge Construction

This beautiful old photo shows the construction of Memorial Bridge looking from D.C. towards Arlington National Cemetery. The photo is dated May 15th, 1928. Source:...
Corner store at 4th and M Streets SW, northwest corner, looking up 4th Street toward L, 1100 block

What Did Southwest Washington Look Like in the 1950s?

Here's a shot of typical life in Southwest Washington back in the 1950s. You're looking at a corner store at 4th and M St....
Circa 1911. "Washington from Washington Monument." Points of interest in this panoramic view include B Street (today's Constitution Avenue), running diagonally from the Potomac Electric powerhouse at lower left; Louisiana Avenue, branching off in the general direction of Union Station at upper right; the Old Post Office and its clock tower at left-center across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Raleigh Hotel under construction; the Agriculture Department greenhouses in the foreground with a corner of the Smithsonian "National Museum" at far right, just below Center Market; Liberty Market at upper left, below what looks to be a vast tent encampment; and, at right-upper-center, the Pension Office north of Judiciary Square and the District Court House. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

Rare Aerial View of Washington in 1911

This is a photo that we haven't seen before. It shows most of downtown D.C. in 1911 as seen from the air. Click on...
Parking lot in DC, April 1938

Do You Know Where This Parking Lot Was?

This great old photo shows a parking lot in the District across from a church. Does anyone in the GoDC community know where this...
Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Fifteenth Street at Pennsylvania Avenue." Note the traffic lights, which made their D.C. debut in 1926, as well as the traffic-cop gazebo at center ("NO LEFT TURN") and streetcar switch tower to its left. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Looking Up 15th St. at Pennsylvania Ave. in 1931

This great old photo shows the view looking north on 15th St., just east of the White House and Treasury Department. The intersection is...
1940s. "Arlington County, Virginia. War Department. Pentagon, aerial view." Safety negative by Theodor Horydczak.

Pentagon Seen From the Air in the 1940s

This photo is something that probably wouldn't be shot today. At least, not easily, without military notification and support. So, enjoy this rare photo...