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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

1865 Civil War map of D.C.

Civil War Military Map of D.C. Area

We dug up this terrific Civil War map, circa 1865, at the Library of Congress. It shows Washington and the surroundings, including roads and forts near the end of the war. Source: Library of...
One Of The Bicyclists Holds Her Ears Against The Roar Of The Jet, Taking Off From National Airport, May 1973

Gravelly Point View of Plane Taking Off in 1973

How many times have you been down to Gravelly Point? It’s definitely one of the best spots to relax on weekends and watch the planes land or takeoff from National Airport. Here’s a shot...
Aqueduct Bridge in the 1860s

[Correction] Not Georgetown’s Aqueduct Bridge in the 1860s

UPDATE: GoDCer Jerry has correctly pointed out that this is not the Aqueduct Bridge. The National Archives has mislabeled this and it’s actually the Pennsylvania Ave. bridge over Rock Creek. You can see it...
Dupont Circle underpass construction

Dupont Circle Underpass Construction

We did a post on the construction some time ago. Here’s another great photo of it from DDOT. Source: Flickr user ddotphotos

OMG! Retro Metro … This Informercial is Amazing

This. Is. Awesome. Thanks to GoDCer Harrison for sharing this. We first came across it on InTheCapital. Is this the best 70s video or what?
proposed Calvert St. bridge in 1917

Proposed Calvert Street Bridge in 1917

This is the proposed bridge for Calvert St. done by George O. Totten Jr. in 1917. The proposal was accepted, but ultimately, this was not the design that was built. Source: Flickr user ddotphotos
1860s view of Washington DC

Pastoral View of Washington in the 1860s

Take a look at this photograph. You should be able to make out the Old Patent Office in the background.
Washington, D.C. in 1973

1973 Aerial View of Downtown Washington

Check out this cool shot of D.C. back in 1973. You can see the White House, Lafayette Park, the Washington Monument, and the Potomac. Source: Flickr user usnationalarchives
M Street in 1959

View Down M Street in 1959

This is a terrific photo, courtesy of DDOT. Source: Flickr user ddotphotos