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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Washington, D.C., 1913. "E.F. Droop & Sons Co. music store."

Amazing View of 13th and G Streets in 1913

This block looks extremely different today. Back then, you would find E.F. Droop & Sons music store and Stiebel’s. Source: Shorpy Today, it’s the area around Metro Center. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?cbp=12,222.43,,1,-4.56&layer=c&panoid=njc-i8b9j94uVG3q3VXCRQ&cbll=38.898314,-77.029783&dg=opt&ie=UTF8&ll=38.866444,-76.988754&spn=0.36515,0.545883&t=m&z=11&source=embed&output=svembed]
Washington branch office of Ford - current location of the Canadian Embassy

What Did D.C. Look Like in 1916?

Here are some great images shared with us by GoDCer Adam. These are from Ford Motor Company’s archives showing Washington around 1916.
West side of Blagden Alley 1923

Another Great Photo of Alley Row Houses (1923)

Here’s a great shot of row houses in Blagden Alley. Check out the other photo we posted earlier this week. Source: Shorpy
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Curb work -- car stop on 14th Street N.W." Streetcar infrastructure. Harris & Ewing glass negative.

View of 14th Street Construction From Above (1920)

This is a cool photo we found on Shorpy. It shows a few men doing work on the curbs and streetcar stop. Any GoDCers able to recognize where this is on 14th? I can...
"City rowhouses, 1923." A jumble of humble abodes. The latest installment in our survey of backstreet Washington, D.C., this glass plate is another angle on the alley last seen here. Harris & Ewing Collection.

Blagden Alley in 1923

This is D.C., back when alley living was still permitted. Source: Shorpy
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "551-53-55 Randolph St. N.W." We'll take the one next to the castle. National Photo Company glass negative.

Randolph Street Homes in 1920

Another great photo from Shorpy … this time showing three homes on Randolph St. NW. Source: Shorpy And, the best part is that the three homes still stand today. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?cbp=12,331.99,,0,1.98&layer=c&panoid=zBoRbRnOkwExyPniBxPf6w&cbll=38.938791,-77.020762&dg=opt&ie=UTF8&ll=38.90653,-76.979828&spn=0.341434,0.627594&t=m&z=11&source=embed&output=svembed]
Georgetown baseball game

Georgetown University Baseball Game (1911)

Who doesn’t love a good game of baseball? Here’s a great shot of a game being played on the Georgetown University grounds in 1900. Source: Georgetown University Library
Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States, presents an honorary degree to Governor William S. Flynn of Rhode Island at the Georgetown University commencement. Pictured, left to right: Pierce Butler, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; President Coolidge; John B. Creeden, S.J., President of Georgetown University; Governor Flynn; Walter J. O'Connor, University Registrar; and Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J.

Photo of Georgetown University Commencement in 1924

Here’s a cool shot of the graduating class of 1924, taken from above. Source: Georgetown University Library And here’s President Coolidge presenting an honorary degree to Governor Flynn of Rhode Island. Source: Georgetown University...
Franklin Park in 1943

Soap Box Orations Banned in Franklin Park

Evidently, in the first half of the 20th century, Franklin Park was the place to go air your grievances with whatever entity was keeping you down (i.e., The Man). It was to the point...