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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Fourth of July tableau on the Ellipse -- 'Columbia,' 'Liberty' and dancers." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Friday, July 4th, 1919

Interesting costumes. Even more interesting facial expressions.
Photograph shows view of Washington, D.C., taken from U.S. Capitol, showing Douglas Hospital, Old Douglas House, Railway Station, The Washington, or Wilkes House, St. Aloysius, Government Printing Office, Glenwood Cemetery, Swampoodle, Old Mill.

View of Swampoodle from Capitol Building in 1861

Here’s a good one to study. This is a view from the Capitol Building looking north, very early during the Civil War.
Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1911. "Flights and tests of Rex Smith plane flown by Antony Jannus."

Ghostly Photo of the Test Pilot

Below is a photograph of the Rex Smith aeroplane, being piloted by Antony Jannus around 1911.

Amazing 360-Degree View of City From Capitol Dome in 1863

Wow, these are awesome. Click on them for greater detail because they are pretty amazing. Sorry I just wasted at least 30 minutes of your time at work! Thank you Library of Congress. UPDATE:...
Washington circa 1900. "Jack Blaine residence." The imposing 1880s home of James Blaine, Republican from Maine and three-time presidential aspirant. The house, the only surviving example of the "castles" that once ringed Dupont Circle, is undergoing a major renovation. National Photo glass negative.

Blaine Mansion Near Dupont Circle in 1900

What an amazing photograph of Blaine Mansion in 1900. This is the only old Dupont Circle “castle” still standing. It’s also a great place to get some pizza and delicious craft beer today.
Chevy Chase Ice Palace, Washington. D.C. Couple doing fancy ice skating (Library of Congress)

Chevy Chase Ice Palace

Here’s a great photo from November 1942. It’s from the Chevy Chase Ice Palace.
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Panoramic View of Washington in 1879

Here is a series of photographs we have not seen before. This is a five-part panorama showing the mall area and surrounding buildings, from the Smithsonian Castle. Left section shows the Washington Monument under...
Park and Shop on Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park

Park and Shop on Connecticut Avenue

If you live in Cleveland Park, or have ever seen a movie at the Uptown, you will recognize the photo below. This is the Park and Shop at Connecticut Ave. and Ordway St. It...
Margaret Gorman in 1921 (Library of Congress)

Margaret Gorman: First Miss America and Washingtonian

You may not know this, but the First Miss America was a born and raised Washingtonian. The beauty pageant might be seen as completely irrelevant and anachronistic today, but there was a time when...