Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

April 28, 1923. Washington, D.C. "McGrew of Nationals, Harriss of Athletics." Two tall pitchers -- Washington's Slim McGrew goes up against Philadelphia's Slim Harriss. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Two Dudes Named Slim. Who is Taller?

Excited about the upcoming baseball season? The Nats are going all in, especially with their last signing. The dude on the right is Philadelphia’s Slim Harriss and the one on the left is Washington’s Slim McGrew....
Newspaper row in 1874

Washington’s Newspaper Row in 1874

Below is a great engraving from Harper’s back in 1874. It depicts the old newspaper row in Washington.
Kalorama estate after the fire in 1865 (Library of Congress)

A Kalorama “Pic-Nic” With Wild, Romantic Scenery

“Kalorama” is a Greek word meaning “fine view.” It’s also the name given to one of the finest neighborhoods in Washington. Here is a quick “Why is it Named…?” The neighborhood takes its name from an...
C&O Canal in 1860

1860 Photograph of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

This is a nice contribution by GoDCer Allan. Below is a shot of the C&O Canal, taken by Mathew Brady, taken in 1860.
1804 Kearney St. NE in 1921

1804 Kearney St. NE

What a terrific photo of a home in Northeast. This is 1804 Kearney St. NE. Check out the Google Street View of the same property today. It’s not a great angle because the straight-on shot has...
Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Jean Wallace." The daughter of Henry A. Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture and future Vice President, at the Wardman Park Hotel pool.

Vice President’s Daughter in a Swimsuit

Click on the link because of the title? Perv. Anyway, this is a photo of Jean Wallace, the daughter of Henry Wallace, who was FDR‘s Vice President before he was dumped for Harry Truman. This was...
gardeners sweeping the White House lawn

Sweeping the White House Lawn

Why are these men sweeping the South Lawn? I have no idea. This photo was taken some time in the 1920s. Actually, just kidding. Those aren’t push brooms, they are bull rakes … at least according...
Washington, D.C., circa 1938. "Patrick Brennan, son of the Minister of Ireland, and Mrs. Brennan." Or something like that. One of a series of photographs depicting children of various diplomats speaking from their homes to a radio audience. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Little Irish Diplomat Gives Radio Address

Bizarre title? Check out this great pic of the Irish Minister’s son (and cat) giving a brief radio address from his home. Yes, really. The post even reported on it back in December 1938. Christmas Broadcast...
Harry Atwood takes off from the South Lawn - July 14th, 1911

Guy Flies Plane Off White House Lawn

This is a great picture, shared by GoDCer Mike, showing Harry Atwood, taking off from the South Lawn of the White House. This photo was taken on July 14th, 1911. Atwood had traveled all the way...
November 23, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Ford Motor Co., Union Station." For the 1939 model year, Ford debuted a new brand called Mercury.

Want to Buy a Ford? Go to Union Station

You have to love this old photo from 1938. It shows two cars, a Ford on the left and on the right, a new brand they just launched, Mercury. I also love how the men are...
military men in Washington, DC circa 1918

Hey, Look at that Aeroplane!

It would appear that these men (and woman) are looking at an aerial show. The man in the middle with the radio is possibly in contact with the pilot. However, the caption for the photograph reads...
Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Lotos Lantern." Miss Steger's tea house at 731 13th Street. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Lotos Lantern Tea House at 17th and G

This is a great old photo of Lotos Lantern Tea House at 17th and G St. NW. Here is another view of the building. You can see it on the far right.  
Washington, D.C. "Texas Company. Payne & Twomey, 1925." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Sandwiches, Soft Drinks, Tobacco and Cakes

Sorry our posts are so short. We spent the bulk of the holidays moving our site to better hosting (which hopefully you notice – faster page loads). We’ll make sure to crank out some good ones...
"Auto wreck. December 31, 1923." Continuing this week's theme of vehicular mishaps on (and off) the roads of Washington, D.C. On New Year's Eve, this car was in the drink. See the comments for details about this fatal accident in the Tidal Basin. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Don’t Drink and Drive in 1923

The driver of this car did and ended up in the Tidal Basin. The car made it out but two men did not. A third, the driver did. Below is a story from the Washington Post...
Happy New Year! (Shorpy)

Happy New Year 1940!

It’s almost 2013 … 73 years after this photo was taken.
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Margaret Clark." A Christmas tree with all the trimmings, and a Buick. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Merry Christmas in 1920

Merry Christmas to all GoDCers! We’ll be taking a break from posting until the new year.
Circa 1910. "Train concourse, Union Station, Washington, D.C." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Cavernous Concourse at Union Station

Check out how massive Union Station looks in this photo. This is from 1910, several years after the railroad station was completed.
Street scene in Washington, D.C., winter of 1941-42. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam, probably taken near the N and Union intersection of her other shots. Clues are the Chung Wah laundry at 1264, the J. Marucci barbershop and the A. Peterman clothing store.

1942 Washington, in Color

Street scene in Washington, D.C., winter of 1941-42. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam, probably taken near the N and Union intersection of her other shots. Clues are the Chung Wah laundry at 1264, the J....