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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

General view of the city of Alexandria, Va., April 15, 1864

Amazing Detailed Landscape of Alexandria in 1864

Don’t you just love these old Civil War photographs? This one is amazing, and it’s even more impressive if you click on it for the larger version. Can you see anything recognizable? One interesting...
Potomac Boat Club in 1921

Potomac Boat Club and the Key Bridge Under Construction

Here is a cool old photo of the Potomac Boat Club in 1921, standing in front of, what will soon become, the Key Bridge. Looks like the guy on the right is in dire...
Photo shows Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.

Sewall-Belmont House

Here is a great shot of the Sewall-Belmont House at 144 Constitution Ave. NE, sometime in the late 1920s. It’s still there, so you should definitely pay a visit. Source: Library of Congress
milking a cow on the Capitol grounds

What The … ? Milking a Cow on Capitol Grounds

This is an odd one. Milking a cow on the Capitol grounds, and broadcasting it? Source: Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. President Lincoln's funeral procession on Pennsylvania Avenue (April 19th, 1865)

Lincoln’s Funeral Procession Down Pennsylvania Avenue

We dug up this powerful image of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession heading down Pennsylvania Avenue on April 19th, 1865. Click on it for better details. Source: Library of Congress
Old Ebbitt House c. 1880

Great Photo of Old Ebbitt House in 1880

What a terrific photograph of the Old Ebbitt House back in 1880. By 1878 the District had 178 phone lines! Source: Library of Congress
haymarket in Washington, DC

Awesome Photo of 1865 Haymarket in Washington

What an awesome photograph from the Civil War. This shows a haymarket, with (what I believe to be) the Smithsonian in the background. If I’m mistaken, please let me know what those buildings are....
Washington, D.C. Park of Wiard guns at the Arsenal; H.L. Stuart, Nathaniel P. Willis, and Gen. Daniel E. Sickles at right

Amazing Civil War Photograph of the Arsenal

This is an incredible photograph from the Civil War, showing three men at the Washington Arsenal. By the way, don’t forget to read our guest post by GoDCer Andrew on the explosion that killed...
Aerial view of Washington, D.C., looking south, southwest, from old Providence Hospital, showing E Street, Duddington Place, F Street, S.E., between 1st and 2nd Streets

Can You Recognize This Aerial View of E Street SE?

Can you identify any of these old buildings? This is an aerial view of E St. around 1900. Source: Library of Congress