Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

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 look like they’re having an awesome time and I’m guessing is one...
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 was the result. Does anyone else find it odd (and amusing) that...
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 branch. I’ll need a little help locating exactly where this is. It’s highly...
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, so you should take a look. The photograph below shows sheep grazing...
Cherry blossoms featured

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 hopes of bringing a little faux spring to your week, here is...
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 Philanthropist to Give Millions to Help Fix Washington Monument (wellwisher.wordpress.com)...
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 was built between 1892 and 1899. This photo was taken a year...
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 Columbia Rd. and Sherman Ave. NW. Now this is cool … take a look...
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 1909 and 1940 and gifted to the Library of Congress in 1947...

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 at 1228 H St. NW. Lewis Hine, the American sociologist and photographer...

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 of World War II. They really depict a different D.C., although the...

Washington Streetcar Videos from 1903 and 1941

This was a pretty cool find on YouTube. It looks like this takes place looking northwest on Pennsylvania Ave, maybe around 12th St. You can see the Willard Hotel in the background. The postal worker dumps...
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