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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Photograph shows a group of motorcycle policemen, from left to right: "Sergt. J.E. Boyle, L.F. Reilly, W.D. Vaughn, F.S. Tyser, L.D. Redman, D.E. Gailmore, G.P. Waite, R.H. Mansfield, G.M. Little, A. Shockey, W.C. Lewis, [and] Capt. J.A. Abbott" with view of the U.S. Capitol in the background.

Washington’s Metropolitan Policemen on Motorcycle

This is an awesome photograph of Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department in 1922, on their motorcycles. (I’d hate to be the guy riding in the sidecar.) The photo was taken on April 26th, 1922.
Fans outside Griffith Stadium on October 10th, 1924

Ghostly Image of Fans Waiting for 1924 Washington Senators

I love these old crowd shots. You can pick out some fascinating faces and some ghostly ones. This photograph is from October 10th, 1924 and the team just won the World Series, beating the...
Visitors waiting in line to shake hands with the President (circa 1921)

Visitors Wait For Hours to Shake President Coolidge’s Hand

Times sure were different. Check out this photo of a massive crowd pushing their way into the White House. They’re all waiting just to shake the hand of President Calvin Coolidge.
1921 Baltimore Orioles

The 1921 Baltimore Orioles

For over 30 years, the O’s were our default baseball team. So I think it’s okay if we share this photograph of the 1921 Baltimore Orioles. At the time, they were Class AA in...
1908 Washington Senators

The 1908 Washington Ball Team

Here is a great old photograph of the 1908 Washington Senators. They were 67-85 that year 22.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers for the pennant.
The Pennsylvania Railroad's "The Senator" in 1929

The Senator of the Pennsylvania Railroad

Check out this awesome photo of “The Senator” … this was a Pennsylvania Railroad train from back in 1929. Thanks Shorpy!  
West Potomac Park flowers (1921)

Beautiful Colorized Photo of West Potomac Park (1921)

This is a terrific old colorized photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston from 1921.
Officer Edgar E. Porter, full-length portrait, seated on a chair, holding two children on his lap and with several children standing to his right and left during the annual White House Easter egg roll.

Officer Porter and Lost Kids at the White House Easter Egg Roll

What a great photograph from the olden days. This one is from April 2nd, 1923. Officer Edgar E. Porter is pictured with a group of children at the White House Easter Egg Roll. Okay,...
Bury's drug store around 1919

Then and Now: Bury’s Drug Store to Uniontown Bar and Grill

Well, this was a hopefully step to revitalize Anacostia, but the most recent owner made a couple bad decisions. Here is the building as it looked around 1919 as Bury’s drug store. And below...