Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

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 was a long serving druggist on Capitol Hill, starting in the 1890s, operating his...
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 was even invented). At one time it was rural … yes, rural....
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 be a great nation without a national zoo to show off all...
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 is just around the corner. There is not better way to...
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 you. It’s from the Washington Times on October 19th, 1918. The world was...
Washington Bullets logo

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! The Bullets were 21-61 that year. Ugh. Related articles VIDEO: Former Bullets Forward Tom Gugliotta Ejected From...
Ron Paul in Astros uniform (1983)

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 to share this with those of you who haven’t seen it yet...
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 built in 1881 and was the home of James G. Blaine,...
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 has not yet been formally dedicated — a ceremony attended by Lincoln’s...
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 place to swim today. Thanks Shorpy! Related articles Bathing Suit Police at...
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 Columbia Heights Arcade. Vivian Marinelli is teaching these guys the Charleston …...
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. All the previous ones have been amazing and this one is right...
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 is color, not colorized like the Lincoln photo. Related articles Old...
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 Civil War tensions and lack of funds. It remained in its unfinished...
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 Secretary of Labor in the Harding Administration. Davis was an American steel...
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 benefit for the Girl Scouts at the Tivoli Theater. The Washington Post...
Dulles Airport

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

Dulles International Airport is one of only two federally owned airports in the country (National Airport being the other). Some find it to be an ugly monstrosity. Others find it to be an architectural masterpiece —...