Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

"Union Station tracks, Washington, circa 1920." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Haunting Old Photo of Tracks Near Union Station

This old photo shows the tracks near Union Station in 1920. Source: Flickr
Washington, DC street scene on 17th St. near the White House, looking at

View of 17th St. and Renwick Gallery in 1918

In the distance, slightly blurry, is the Renwick Gallery. It’s been under renovation for a really long time, but it should be opening again this fall. Source: Library of Congress
Circa 1911, landmarks include, from left, Memorial Continental Hall (headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution); the Corcoran Gallery of Art; State, War and Navy Building; and White House West Wingtip. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Incredible Aerial View of State, War and Navy Building From Washington Monument in 1911

How amazing is this beautiful photo from 1911? Click on it for a much larger, detailed version. Source: Shorpy
Aerial view of Alexandria, Virgina taken in the 1980s.

1980s Aerial Photo of Alexandria

Click on the image below to see the larger version and see if you recognize parts of Alexandria from the 1980s. Source: Library of Congress

Orange and Alexandria Railroad Roundhouse

I love old railroad photos like this. You’re looking at a couple photos of the Alexandria railroad roundhouse back during the Civil War. They’re just beautiful photos, frozen in time, so make sure you click on...
Potomac River in 1898

Beautiful 1898 Photo of the Potomac River

This is quite a beautiful photo of the Potomac River from 1898. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to locate this photo, but if you have any thoughts, add them below in the comments. Source: Library of...

1917 Film Footage of 180-Mile Journey Down Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

Check out this fascinating film footage of a trip down the C&O Canal.

Film Footage of D.C. After 1968 Riots

Here is some really sad and devastating film footage that we dug up showing the city after the riots of 1968.

1957 Guided Tour of Washington, D.C.

This film footage from 1957 is excellent. Make sure you watch the whole thing and check out the familiar sites.

1939 Tourist Footage of Washington

Check out this great film footage of Washington, D.C. from back in 1939.
Old Post Office in 1911

Old Post Office Pavilion Through Fog

Here’s a slightly spooky, yet beautiful photo showing the Old Post Office through a snowy, foggy night in 1911. It’s labeled June 5th, but clearly it didn’t snow then. I’m guessing that was when the photo...
General Post Office from the corner of 8th Street and E Street, NW, Washington, D.C., the shop of Elija Dyer, merchant tailor, on the left

Rare Old 1846 Photo of Old Post Office

This is an amazing old photo of the General Post Office, which still stands in Gallery Place today. Check out the beautiful image below, which is from 1846. The building is now the Washington Monaco Hotel. Source:...
Who is the man in the middle?

Who Is The Man in the Middle?

Can any GoDCer help us identify the man in the middle? GoDCer Josh sent this in back in January and we’re now getting around to posting it (sorry it took so long Josh). Below is the...
Pullman autos are extremely rare. They were mass produced between 1905 and 1917 but less than 30 are known to still exist today.

What Did 4th and G St. Look Like in 1912?

Check out this great find from Flickr. This shows a series of Pullman autos in front of 445 G St. NW in 1912. Source: William Creswell
Washington tenements, Nov. 1935.

Washington Tenement Housing in 1935

Any idea where this photo was taken? Our alleys no longer look like this, but at one point, many people used to live in D.C. alleys. This was tenement housing in Washington. Source: Shorpy
The Pennsylvania Avenue Childs around 1917

Before Fast Food, There Was Childs’ Food

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng Before the modern fast food restaurant, there was Childs Restaurant. Childs was a chain that originated in New York City and spread southward, eventually opening franchises in...
Heurich Brewery in 1910

Photo of Heurich Brewery in 1910

This is a great old photo of the Heurich Brewery, taken in 1910. The brewery stood on the current site of the Kennedy Center. Source: Library of Congress
VIEW OF WASHINGTON MONUMENT FROM THE VICINITY OF CAPITAL OVERLOOK, 1932. - George Washington Memorial Parkway, Along Potomac River from McLean to Mount Vernon, VA, Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, VA

1932 View of George Washington Parkway

Here is a photo looking at the Washington Monument from the vantage point of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Source: Library of Congress It looks like this bend is somewhere near where National Airport is today....
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