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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Victory Tire Co., 14th Street N.W." Guaranteed 6,000 miles! National Photo Company glass negative.

Victory Tire Company on 14th Street

This is the Victory Tire Company in 1920. The store was located at 1026 14th St. NW, which is just north of K St.
Nov 1982 | Crews work to complete the building of the tunnel near Forest Glen Station.

Vintage Washington Metro Construction Photos

How cool are these? We stumbled across them on Metro’s Facebook page. Tunnel near Forest Glen Forest Glen construction Silver Spring station construction Gallery Place-Chinatown 1974 Gallery Place-Chinatown construction Archives construction 1975 Take a...
Mount Vernon Lager Beer Brewery and Pleasure Garden near the northeast corner of 4th and E Streets NE. (Juenemann Photograph Collection, HSW, ca. 1865-1870)

Pre-Civil War Mount Vernon Beer and Pleasure Garden

This is so cool! The photo is from just after the Civil War and it shows an old beer garden located at 4th and E St. NE. Source: Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Best Lobster Dinner Ever!

Oh man, check this out. Can you make up a caption for this? Source: Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
inside armory square hospital

Patients in Armory Square Hospital: 1865

Built in 1856, Armory Square Hospital stood for more than a century on Independence Ave and 7th Sts. SW. It was demolished in 1964, and has since been replaced by the National Air and...
don't swim in the Potomac

Potomac Water is a Health Hazard (1973)

Remember how nasty the Potomac River was? Yes, it’s still not the greatest, but it’s swimmable in some parts (as long as you don’t have open wounds). Back in the 1970s, it was absolutely...
First Congregational Church (10 and G Streets NW) c. 1946. Bert Sheldon Photograph Collection, HSW.

First Congregational Church at 10th and G St. NW (1946)

Here’s a great old photograph from 1946, showing the church at 10th and G St, near Metro Center. First Congregational Church (10 and G Streets NW) c. 1946. Bert Sheldon Photograph Collection, HSW. Source:...
Flood caused by the ice jam in the Potomac River in March, 1918. Scene in Georgetown. General Photograph Collection, HSW

Georgetown Flood of March 1918

Check out this crazy photo. It’s almost hard to believe, but there was a huge flood in Georgetown back in 1918 and this is what it looked like (sorry for the blurry photo). Thanks...
Sister Beatrice, Superintendant of Providence Hospital in garden with another nun and St. Bernard dogs. c.1890. General Photograph Collection, HSW

Afternoon Photo: Two Nuns and Two Big Dogs

What’s better than a photo of two nuns and a dog? Here’s a shot from somewhere in the 1890s of Sister Beatrice, the superintendent of Providence Hospital (learn about it here). Source: Historical Society...