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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

1877 Map of Georgetown

This is a great old map of Georgetown. Click on it for greater details. Source: Library of Congress

Potomac and Georgetown Flood

This crazy old photos shows Georgetown’s flooding and the Potomac in 1918. Here’s another good piece about it at The Georgetown Metropolitan.
View of Georgetown D.C. / lith. and printed in colors by E. Sachse & Co.

View of Georgetown in 1855

This lovely painting shows Georgetown in the distance as it looked in 1855. Source: Library of Congress
Photograph of a View of the Entire Site for the National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.

View of National Archive Site Construction in 1932

This lovely old image shows the site of the National Archives early in the construction process. It was taken on July 1st, 1932.
Arlington County, Va., circa 1941. "National Airport. Plane in front of passenger terminal and control tower." Photo by Theodor Horydczak.

National Airport Way Back in 1941

This lovely old photo was taken in 1941. You're looking at the old terminal (then the only terminal) at National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.
1919 Presidential Pierce Arrow

Where Is This Car?

Okay GoDCers! This is a photo shared by a fellow reader Eric. He sent it in quite a while ago, so I’m a bit late on sharing this with the group. But, I promised to crowd-source the investigation with the...
600 block of Independence Ave. SW in 1941

Independence Avenue Before the FAA Headquarters

Take a look at the building below. This is the Federal Aviation Administration’s headquarters on Independence Ave. SW. It obviously didn’t always look like this. Now look below at what the block looked like in 1941, on the eve of...
The White House during the Civil War

The White House Before Fences and Security

Can you even believe this photo. This dude is just sitting on what appears to be a low stone wall on the south side of the White House. This would be E St. today and if you even came close...
Negro laborers at Alexandria, near coal wharf

Negro Laborers at Alexandria Wharf

This photo was posted by the National Archives and labeled as “negro laborers, near coal wharf.” This beautiful old photo shows the faces of regular African-Americans in the 1860s, living and working around Alexandria. Photos like this really make you...
11th and L St. NW in the 1920s

Look at 11th Street NW Back in the 1920s

Here’s a great old photo of Washington back in the 1920s. You’re looking down 11th St. NW from L St. Source: National Archives And here is what it looks like today on Google Street View. You can still see the...