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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "National Delivery Association, Lincoln Memorial." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Motor Vans to Any Point (1926)

This is such a cool shot of the Lincoln Memorial only a few years after it was dedicated (with Robert Todd Lincoln in attendance).
Four adults and six children, from Passaic, N.J., picket the White House following President Coolidge's refusal to listen to their complaints about wage cuts in the textile industry

Children Protesting Wages at the White House

This is a photograph from the Library of Congress, circa 1926. Definitely not something you’re likely to see these days.

Amazing Civil War Bird’s Eye View of Alexandria

I love this. You’ll love this too, I’m sure. It’s a bird’s eye view of Alexandria from the water in 1863. Thank you Library of Congress!
November 1942. Washington, D.C. "Southwest section. Two Negro boys." Large format negative by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information.

Amazing Photo of Two Boys in Southwest (1942)

Amazing photograph here of two young boys in Southwest during World War II, before the quadrant was pretty much obliterated and rebuilt in the ugly, brutalist style that stands today. What a shame.
Perspective sketch - Washington Manual Training High School, Henry Ives Cobb, Architect (1895-1898)

Washington Manual Training High School in 1895

Below is a great drawing of the Washington Manual Training High School around 1895. Today, this building is the Asbury Dwellings apartment building. Here is the Google Street View of the same corner today....
July 1942. Washington, D.C. "Municipal swimming pool on Sunday." Remember: Sitting confined to sign. Photo by Marjory Collins for the OWI.

No Running By The Pool (1942)

Some things never change. The pool rules are certainly no exception.  
horse buggy

A GoDCer Shares Awesome Old Photos of Her Grandparents

I received a great email the other day from GoDCer Patricia, a woman with some great historical ties to Washington. Below is what she sent. Some great transportation photos from the past. These are...
views of Washington from American University

A 1914 Bucolic View of Washington from American University

Times sure were different when these photographs were taken in 1914. These are views of Washington from American University near Tenleytown.
Dupont Circle Building at 1346 Connecticut Ave. NW

A 1930s Aerial View of Dupont Circle Building

You recognize this building. Yep, the one with CVS and Krispy Kreme. This is a view of it from the air in the 1930s.