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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Awesome Aerial View of Federal Triangle in the 1980s

What a great shot of Federal Triangle, looking down Pennsylvania Ave. You can also see the Navy Memorial under construction. Source: Library of Congress

Finally Found Another Photo of Officer Sprinkle!

On the chance that something related to our favorite police officer had been added to the Library of Congress archives, we ran a quick search this weekend, and sure enough … something came up....
Hotel Washington advertisement from 1918

1918 Ad for Hotel Washington (Now W Hotel)

Currently the W Washington, DC, the Hotel Washington was one of the finest in the city when it was completed. Below is a cool old advertisement from 1918. Source: Library of Congress @GhostsofDC Have...
tank rolling through Washington during World War I

Whoa! Tank Rolling Through DC (Where Is This?)

This is a cool photo from 1918, showing a tank rolling through Washington. Any idea where this is? Source: Library of Congress

Officer Sprinkle and His Brother

Thanks to the tweet below, we came across an amazing photo of Officer Sprinkle and his brother. Dunno if word ever got to @GhostsofDC or @timkrepp – TWO Sprinkle brothers were MPD officers, J.L....

FDR and the “Buddy Poppy” (1938)

I never knew about the significance of the November poppy for certain countries until I left to study in Brussels back in 2004. Now, I notice it. Every November, I notice the poppy. My wife...
6911 8th Street NW

For Sale: 6911 8th Street NW

What a cool then and now photo. This is 6911 8th St. NW back in 1921, when it appears to have been for sale. Check out the Zillow listing for the home today. Source:...
January 28th, 1922 - snowstorm

Amazing Photo of the Blizzard of 1922

This is a photo of the massive storm that hit Washington, dumping so much snow on the city that the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater collapsed, killing 98 people. Source: Library of Congress

Last Mayor of Washington City, Matthew G. Emery

Before the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871, the District of Columbia had separate local municipalities, including Georgetown and the City of Washington (i.e., Old City below what is now Florida Ave.). Outside...