Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Basketball and learning the Charleston (1926)

Basketball and the Charleston

I'll leave you with this last photo from 1926. This is a great way to end your Friday. This was taken in the old...
Miss Elizabeth Ramey (1924)

Local Alexandria Teacher Buys a Ford

I rarely need to augment these colorized photos with words. It's almost spooky to look at a color photo from almost 90 years ago....
N and Union St. SW (1942)

Incredible Color Photo From Southwest D.C. During World War II

This photo is from 1942 and it speaks for itself. Stunning. It's courtesy of Shorpy again. Best ... site ... ever. I should add that this...
Washington Monument under construction

The Washington Monument Under Construction

Construction of the monument began on July 4th, 1848. Progress was slow, and after ten years, construction was halted due to congressional infighting, rising...
Children on a swing (1924)

Children Swinging in 1924

This is a photo I came across on Shorpy. It's of three children, who happen to be the offspring of James J. Davis, the...
J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan by Paramount Pictures (1924)

First Lady Grace Coolidge Visits the Tivoli Theater in Columbia Heights

Michelle Obama isn't the only first lady to set foot in Columbia Heights. Grace Coolidge took the drive up 14th St. to attend a...
Dulles Airportvideo

Concrete, Steel and Glass: Dulles Airport is the Port of the...

Dulles International Airport is one of only two federally owned airports in the country (National Airport being the other). Some find it...
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This Ain’t Your Regular Soccer Mom

This photograph from 1908 caught my eye. It is of 28-year-old Mary A. Bliven (wife of Frank S. Bliven) and Bertha, her 7-year-old daughter,...
Half-length portrait of Charles Moran, baseball player for the American League Washington Senators, standing at South Side Park which was located at West 37th Street, South Princeton Avenue, West Pershing Road (formerly West 39th Street), and South Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square community area of Chicago, Illinois.

Washington Senators Secure Moran of Georgetown

The front page of the Washington Times reported a big local signing in December of 1902 for the Washington Senators. They had inked the...

Plane Crash in Anacostia Kills Two

Came across is crazy photo on Shorpy. This happened on November 9th, 1938 when two aviators, Lieutenant Colonel Leslie MacDill and Private Joseph G....

Cooling Off in Rock Creek

Here's a photo of some kids having fun cooling off in Rock Creek. The photo is from July 28th, 1921 via Shorpy. These kids...
Overturned bus in Petworth (1921)

Slippery When Wet … a Bus Flips on 16th St.

This is not good. Apparently the Washington Transit Company bus driver was going too fast to take a turn in the rain and this...
District National Bank, Dupont Circle (1924)

District National Bank Branch Office (1924)

WOW. This one is awesome. It's a colorized photograph from 1924 and it shows cars lined up outside the District National Bank, Dupont Circle...
Sheep grazing at the White House (1919)

Sheep Grazing at the White House

Here's a photo I found on Flickr. It's from the Nation's Attic (i.e., The Smithsonian). They have a great set of photos up there,...
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1944 Cherry Blossom Festival Film Footage

It seems like this the Cherry Blossom Festival is a really long way away ... especially after this weekends crappy weather. So, in the...
Streamlined street car passing Washington Monument (1938)

Cool Sunday Photo: Streetcar Passing Washington Monument

Here's a cool one I wanted to share from Shorpy. It's a streetcar passing the Washington Monument in 1938. What a great shot. Related articles Billionaire...
Old Post Office (1900)

Amazing Photo of the Old Post Office

Here's a cool short post to end this Friday. I was scanning Shorpy and came across this photograph. I think it's amazing. The building...
Close up of accident at Columbia Rd. and Sherman Ave. NW

Wreck at Columbia Rd. and Sherman Ave. NW

Here are a couple photos from my new favorite site, Shorpy. This was taken on January 5th, 1921 at the intersection of...
Native Americans at the White House

Native Americans at the White House During the Civil War

Great old photo from the Library of Congress. It doesn't have an exact date on it, but it says it was created somewhere between...

Faces of Yesterday: Dime Messenger Service Boys of D.C. (1912)

This is a great one for "Faces of Yesterday" ... this group of young boys worked as Dime Messenger Service boys, with their headquarters...

Amazing Old Color Photos of D.C. Circa 1941

These are some great photos I came across on Flickr. These are from the Library of Congress, taken around 1941 or 1942, during the early days...