Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

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Riots of ’68: “We Have to Finish What He Worked So...

I came across an interesting video from 1968 while checking out this YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4OjyyXxID0 The quote that is the most powerful is when a teacher...
Miss Jessie Hoover, of the Department of Agriculture in 1923 (Shorpy)

Colorized Photo of the Milk Woman, Miss Jessie Hoover

This one's cool ... not as cool as Abe Lincoln, but pretty cool. Thanks Shorpy! This is a photograph (colorized) of Jessie Hoover of the Department...

Spooky Colorized Photo of Washington Opera Singer

This one is a little spooky with the way he's looking at you. This is a photo of Harlan Randall of the Washington Opera and...
White House daguerreotype by John Plumbe, Jr. in 1846 (Library of Congress)

Earliest Photograph of the White House

This is an amazing old photograph of the White House taken by John Plumbe, Jr. in 1846. The 11th President of the United States...
D.C. Commissioner, Melvin Hazen, who chose the design, is pictured with the new flag October 17th, 1938 (Library of Congress)

At Last! DC Finally Gets Its Own Flag

You probably didn't know this, but Washington did not have an official flag until the middle of the 20th century. Many locals really wanted...
Sailor of woman at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder in 1943 (Library of Congress)

Anonymous World War II Couple Visits Unknown Soldier

This is an amazing old color photo that I came across on the Library of Congress' website. It was taken by John Collier in...
Sanborn Firemap of Columbia Heights in 1903 (LIbrary of Congress)

Old Columbia Heights: Where the Streets Have New Names

How did Columbia Heights get its street names? This history goes back to the early 1900s when street names came into alignment with the rest of the District.
Janis Joplin (Wikipedia)video

Janis Joplin Plays Merriweather Three Weeks Before Woodstock

After The Dead and The Police, I'm on a little bit of a concert kick and this one is pretty sweet. Janis...
The Police live in 1979video

The Police Play the Ontario Theater on Columbia Road

I had heard that Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland (aka, The Police) had played in Adams Morgan and wanted to do a little...

Weller’s Pharmacy: Capitol Hill’s Connection to the Knights Templar

Here's a great photo from Shorpy. This is the inside of Weller's Pharmacy, located at 755 8th St. SE. Franklin Pierce Weller...
Sanborn fire insurance map circa 1903

Petworth is Like Omaha

Petworth was not always full of hipsters that resemble Officer Sprinkle (J.L. Sprinkle was such a badass, he was a hipster before being a hipster...
Alligators in their enclosure in the original Animal House, also known as the Carnivora House, which opened in 1892 and was the first permanent building at the National Zoological Park. The alligators are housed in the "temporary" wooden wing of the structure (Smithsonian)

Proposed National Zoo in Rock Creek Park

We are a great nation and Americans in the 1880s were proud of their rapidly growing and dominant country. But how can you truly...
1913 Washington Senators

A Tribute to Baseball and the Washington Senators

I love baseball -- my first post ever was baseball-related -- and baseball is back! Opening Day has passed (go Nats!) and the home opener...
Murder Bay in 1855 (Smithsonian)

Murder Bay, the Rough-and-Tumble Lost Neighborhood

If you’re the kind of person that thinks walking home from Wonderland is sketchy, needs bars on your windows in Eckington or believes Petworth is a “fringe” neighborhood, you wouldn’t stand a chance in Murder Bay.
Walter Reed Army Hospital flu ward circa 1919 (Shorpy)

Children Across D.C. Left Orphaned by Spanish Flu

I was researching a couple of stories and I came across an article that was so sad that I had to share it with...
Smithsonian Castle in the 1870s (Shorpy)

Great Old Photos of the Smithsonian

I came across so many wonderful old photos of the Smithsonian Castle while poking around different archives online. Here's a sample of some of...
Washington Bullets logovideo

That’s The Reason I’m a Bullets Fan

Old school Bullets fans will remember this post-Bel Biv Devoe jam from the '94-'95 season ... You Da Man! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhqs1ZLbw78 The Bullets were 21-61 that year....
Ron Paul in Astros uniform (1983)video

Ron Paul Crushes a Double in Congressional Baseball

This is awesome and appears to be the latest minor D.C. Internet meme. Well, I love baseball and I love D.C., so I want...
Blaine Mansion (1900)

Blaine Mansion: Pizza and Good Beer Today

Here's a great color photo courtesy the D.C. Public Library Flickr photostream. It was taken, just at the turn of the century. The house was...
View of Washington Monument (1922)

Vista of Monument From Lincoln Memorial

Here is a nice photograph from 1922. You're looking at the Washington Monument from within the Lincoln Memorial, which has just opened. The memorial...
Potomac bathing beauties (1920)

Potomac Bathing Beach Beauties

These ladies look like they're having a great time hanging out at the old Tidal Basin bathing beach. That would be an absolutely nasty...