Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

White House Police Captain John McCubbin

Meet John McCubbin, White House police officer in 1922, recently promoted to head the force. Yes, he looks a little stiff. He was born in Virginia to a Scottish father and English mother. His wife, Hattie,...
Washington Times article on Dupont Circle (1902)

Colony of Palatial Homes Around Dupont Circle

This is an excellent page from the Washington Times, published on December 21st, 1902. We wanted to share the entire page with you, so make sure to click on the image for a detailed version of...
December 5, 1923. Probably Washington, D.C. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection, Library of Congress.

Elephants on Parade

Clearly, this is not something you will see today … or, is it?
Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Old house, Mass. Ave. N.E. Built by Thomas Taylor in 1876."

Old House on the Hill, Mass Ave. NE

What an incredible photograph. Click on it to examine it in detail, especially the man on the right. This is one of those haunting photos where you almost feel like the subject is looking back at...
five Georgetown baseball players in 1928

Georgetown Hoya Baseball Five

What a great baseball moment, frozen in time. The photo shows five Georgetown baseball players in 1928.
Washington, D.C. "Skating night, 1919." National Photo Co.

Ice Skating in D.C. (1919)

What an eery photo from 1919.
Children browse a street market in Washington, D.C. Photograph by John Vachon, November, 1937.

Hungry Children at a Street Market (1937)

This photo captures such a sad face on the child’s face.
Nov. 28, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Marion Leech." Daughter of sportsman and tennis impresario Abner Y. Leech Jr., and whose fans evidently could not contain themselves. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative.

Great Colorized Photo of Girl Tennis Player (1921)

You have to love these amazing colorized photos from Shorpy (B&W one here). This is a photo of Marion Leech, the daughter of Abner Y. Leech and a student at Friends school (i.e., currently Sidwell Friends...
July 9, 1926. Washington, D.C. "Girls in bathing suits with ukuleles." Identified in the caption of another photo as Elaine Griggs, Virginia Hunter, Mary Kaminsky, Dorothy Kelly and Hazel Brown. National Photo Co.

Girls in Bathing Suits With Ukuleles

This is both amazing and bizarre. Teenage girls with ukuleles, frozen in time. Random enough for you?
Key Bridge under construction

Key Bridge Under Construction

Key Bridge was being built between Georgetown and Rosslyn. Construction started in 1917 and completed in 1923. Below is a shot from Georgetown looking towards the Washington Monument, which you can see in the distance.
Old Post Office Pavilion in 1915

Flag Day at the Post Office Pavilion in 1915

This is a beautiful photo of Donald Trump’s newest property. I hope he doesn’t f*ck it up and make it ridiculously ostentatious.
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Franklin Roosevelt: No Marrying Foreign Aliens

For this last post, let us turn to the December 2, 1936 copy of the Washington Post. In this article, we observe a great tongue-in-cheek opening line (a nod to various failed multilateral trade initiatives, notably...
Two kids sharing one soda

Cute Overload: One Soda, Two Kids, Two Straws

This is a photo fit for Cute Overload (if you’re into that stuff). This is the precursor to that scene in Lady and the Tramp. The two are attending the White House Easter Egg Roll in...
U.S. Patent Office interior in 1924

Incredibly Detailed 1924 Photo of the U.S. Patent Office’s Interior

Take a look at this great afternoon photo. The detail is amazing when you click to zoom in on it. This is the old U.S. Patent Office in 1924, the building that currently serves as the...
1943. On maneuvers in wartime Washington. "A soldier and a woman in a park, with the Old [Russell] Senate Office Building behind them." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency, photographer unknown. Office of War Information.

Man Ogles Woman Near Russell Building (1943)

We’re sharing a ton of great old photos this week and this is a great moment, frozen in time from 1943. It’s a shot of a soldier, sitting near a woman posing for a photograph. If...
Elite Laundry at night

Stunning Photo: Elite Laundry (Currently Brixton)

To the best of our knowledge, this is 901 U St. NW, currently occupied by über-popular Brixton. Check out the photo of the front today … you can definitely see the resemblance. Below is the Google Street...
June 28, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Girl in bathing suit." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Awkward Photo of Little Girl in Bathing Suit

The expression on this girl’s face is bizarre … “why the hell are you making me hold a doll, a B.F. Keith’s sign and this stupid parasol, while sitting on this uncomfortable sand?” Poor girl. She...
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A Canadian in Dupont Circle

I was going to go with a title about Canadians coming in peace this time, but I did not want to re-start the old “who burned down the White House?” argument all over again. Indeed, Canada...
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