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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Cuban embassy

Great Photo of the Cuban Embassy

Here is a terrific old photograph of the Cuban Embassy on 16th St. Source: Library of Congress
Southwest Washington, D.C. With South End Of L'Enfant Plaza In Foreground, April 1973

L’Enfant Plaza From the Air in 1973

L’Enfant Plaza has to be one of the most bleak places in D.C. It’ such a shame that an entire quadrant of the city was basically bulldozed to make way for the crappy urban...
Harpers Ferry in July 1865

Harpers Ferry and the Potomac River in 1865

This is really stretching it to be included as a GoDC post, but seeing as Harpers Ferry is quite close, and is a reasonable day trip from D.C., we’re going to include this photo....
Frances Benjamin Johnston seated with three other people in automobile

Frances Benjamin Johnston in a Car

Here’s a cool photo from the early 20th century. It shows the famed photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston in an old automobile with three others. Source: Library of Congress
old Italian embassy at 16th and Fuller

Old Italian Embassy in Better Days

The building is such an amazing one and it’s truly sad that it still sits there empty. Hopefully someone will do something with it soon, as the shell of the building is just a...
Entrance to Washington Water Works, Great Falls, Potomac River - Photograph shows two men standing in a small flat boat near the spillway.

Entrance to the Washington Water Works

What an amazing photograph from the 1860s. This shows the entrance to the Washington Water Works near Great Falls. Source: Library of Congress
custom house in Alexandria

Alexandria City Post Office and Custom House

Here is a great old photo we dug up showing the Alexandria Custom House in 1918. Source: Library of Congress
Washington Monument Fourth of July celebrations 1919

July 4th, 1919 Celebration at the Washington Monument

This is a great old photograph of the crowd at the base of the Washington Monument, celebrating the Fourth of July. Source: Library of Congress
Great Falls in 1864

Beautiful 1864 Photo of Great Falls

What an awesome old photograph of Great Falls from 1864. Source: Library of Congress