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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Lincoln Memorial in 1924

Family at the Lincoln Memorial

I’m busy watching playoff baseball (sadly, not our Nats) … cranking through the posts for next week and I wanted to share one immediately. Unfortunately, because of this government shutdown, you can’t replicate what this family is doing. Source: Boston...
Loudon National Bank and King Street

Then and Now: King and Market Streets in Leesburg

Take a look at the Google Street View of King Street in Leesburg today, at the intersection with Market Street. And below we have the exact intersection around 1920. Source: Library of Congress
Market Street and M.E. Church, south, Leesburg, Va.

Leesburg United Methodist Church on Market Street (1920)

Check this out. It’s an old photo of the Methodist church on Market St. in Leesburg. Source: Library of Congress And below is the Google Street View today of the same building.
Washington, D.C., 1924. "Indian Refining Co. -- Havoline Oil." The "Wasson Motor Check" at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW, glimpsed earlier in this post.

Service Station at 14th and Florida (1924)

Check out this photo of a service station at 14th and Florida. Source: Shorpy Also, here’s an ad for the Wasson Motor Check from the August 2nd, 1924 Washington Post.
Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Post Office postmen on scooters." Kind of a Segway vibe here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

U.S. Post Office “Segways” of 1917

Check this out. Look familiar? This mode of transportation closely resembles the Segways you see zipping around D.C., carrying tourists around the sites. Or maybe a little like those Razor Scooters. Source: Shorpy You should also recognize this location as...
Camp of the Union forces at Centreville, Va. Winter 1861-62

Camp of Union Forces at Centreville During Winter 1861

Here’s a terrific detailed photograph of the Union encampment at Centreville during the winter of 1861-1862. Click on it for more details. Source: Library of Congress
1950s car after accident

Help Identify This 1950s Location

We came across these beautiful photographs on Flickr and had to share them with GoDCers. It appears to be an old car getting in need of some repairs after an accident. The vehicle appears to be a Dodge (anyone able...
Washington, D.C., 1916. "Post Office Department mail wagon." With a slogan we can all get behind. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

U.S. Mail Truck in 1916

Any idea where this might be? I’m going to guess that we won’t figure it out given the inability to make out the house numbers. Nevertheless, if you’re up for a challenge this weekend, see if you can identify this...
Union soldiers guarding the Potomac River in Washington, DC in 1861. Georgetown University is visible in the background. Photo by George Barnard

Union Soldiers on the Banks of the Potomac

What an incredible photo. We dug this one up thanks to Reddit.
Washington, D.C, 1921. "Scripps-Booth Sales Co., 14th Street N.W." And one very shiny sedan. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Evening Photo: Old 1921 Car on 14th Street

This is a great old photo for you to examine. It’s a Scripps-Booth sitting in front of the dealer at 1012 14th St. NW, which is just north of K St. Unfortunately, the building no longer exists. If you’re still...