Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Hyattsville Hardware in 1940

Photo of Hyattsville Hardware in 1940

This is a terrific old photo of Hyattsville Hardware taken in June of 1940. The building still stands at 5123 Baltimore Ave. Source: Library of Congress Below is the same building today on Google Street View....
Washington, D.C. Corner store which is patronized by Mrs. Ella Watson, a government charwoman

Beautiful Photo of 11th St. Row Houses

GoDCers, check this out. It’s a photo taken in August of 1942 showing two buildings on 11th St. The photo was taken from Ella Watson’s home across the street. She was a government charwoman (a woman...
F Street in the 1910s - Harris & Ewing

Beautiful Photo of F Street in 1910s

This is an incredible old photo of F Street some time in the mid-1910s. Source: Library of Congress Check out this great photo of F Street from 1970, this image from 1817, this one showing the old post office...

U.S. Treasurer Buys Home in 16th Street Heights

If you don’t live in or close to 16th Street Heights, you probably don’t know where it is. Okay, you know it’s near 16th St., but that’s about it. Either way, it’s a neighborhood with some...
Washington, D.C. Scott Circle

Photo of Scott Circle in 1943

This is a terrific old photo of Scott Circle at night in April of 1943. Check out this great post showing the circle in the 1950s, and this one which is an aerial view of Scott...
Washington, D.C. Street corner, 7th Street and Florida Avenue, N.W.

Waiting for the Streetcar at 7th and Florida in 1942

Here is a shot of a woman waiting for the streetcar just west of 7th St. on Florida Ave., NW, taken in 1942 The building across the street is still there today. Check out the Google...
AERIAL VIEW OF WEST/FRONT AND NORTH/SIDE FACADES, LOOKING SOUTHEAST (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): VA-1272 Ball Building, 1437 N. Court House Road. VA-1273 Jesse Building, 1423-27 N. Court House Road. VA-1276 Jesse-Hosmer Building, 1419 N. Court House Road. VA-1275 Moncure (Adams, Porter, Radigan) Building, N. 1415 Court House Road. VA-1274 Rucker Building, N. 1403 Court House Road. - Lawyers' Row Block, North Court House Road between Fourteenth & Fifteenth Streets, Arlington, Arlington County, VA

Mid-1980s Photo of Arlington

Do you recognize this part of Arlington? You’re looking down down N Courthouse Rd. From the cars in the photo, I’m guessing that this is sometime in the early 1990s. Source: Library of Congress Here is...
front facade of the Whitelaw

Hotel for Colored People Completed

We came across this headline in The Evening Star, printed on November 22nd, 1919. It announced the completion of The Whitelaw Hotel (Wikipedia) at 13th and T St., NW. It’s a beautiful historic apartment building which still...
Tysons Corner Center sign in 1969

Old Photos of Tysons Corner

After our great post the other day on the origin of Tysons’ name, we went digging around the Internet to find some old photos of Tysons Corner. Check out what we found and click on the...
August 28, 1922. A horse at the Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C. 5x7 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection.

Washington Animal Rescue League in 1922

Here’s a photo of a great organization. The Washington Animal Rescue League has been around for quite some time and they are still around up on Oglethorpe in NW. Check out their website and think about helping them...
"Rowhouses and moving company." Circa 1925, the furniture and hauling business of Sam Madeoy at 600 H Street N.E. National Photo Company.

What Did H Street Look Like in 1925?

This is a great old photo from 1925, showing today’s booming H St. in a much different light. Source: Shorpy Check out the Baist map of the intersection from 1921. 600 H St. is the building...
Interior view of Center Market showing the interior architecture of the market, a variety of stalls, blurred people, and signs reading "THIS MARKET OPEN EVERY WEEK DAY" and "LADIES' WAITING ROOM LADIES'... 7th St. WING TAKE ELEVATOR."

Have You Seen the Inside of Center Market in 1910?

This is so cool. This is what shopping was like over 100 years ago here in Washington. This shows Center Market on the inside, taken November 23rd, 1910. By the way, the Mexican Revolution started just...
Looking west on G Street NW from 13th Street showing the commercial buildings on the northwest corner of the intersection including the Church of the Epiphany.

What Did Metro Center Look Like in 1930?

This is what the area around today’s Metro Center looked like in 1930. This photo shows 13th and G St. on May 9th, 1930. Of course, don’t miss the Wilkins Coffee sign in the image below...
Dominican Republic Legation

Warder Mansion and the Dominican Republic Legation

Here’s an old photo of Warder Mansion taken in 1937. This is the castle-like building at 2633 16th St. NW, just north of Euclid. As you can see, it was much greener then with ivy growing...
View looking north up 7th Street NW from G Street NW. Streetcars, automobiles and horse pulled carts are in the street.

Recognize 7th and G St. From 1911?

How different does this look? This is a shot of 7th and G St, taken on June 27th, 1911. You are looking up 7th St. Source: Dig DC Here is what the same intersection looks like...
June 28, 1919. "Motor Truck Parade, Pennsylvania Avenue." Held on Motor Transportation Day under the auspices of the Washington Automotive Trade Association. At left we have another appearance on these pages by a Witt-Will conveyance. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Trucks Driving Down Pennsylvania Avenue in 1919

Here’s a great old photo of trucks on parade, going down Pennsylvania Ave. towards the White House. Click on it for a larger version. Source: Shorpy Fair weather, it is promised by the weather man, will...
Howard University football in 1904

1904 Howard University Football and 1906 St. John’s College Football

Check out this cool photo of Howard University’s football team in 1904. GoDCer Andy sent this in after checking out this cool post about Georgetown Prep’s basketball team. St. John’s College is now St. John’s College...
Washington, D.C. "Flood, April 30, 1923." Also some 91-year-old graffiti: "EH L TD." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Crazy Flood of 1923

In April 1923 there was a major flood in DC. Here is a photo of the aftermath and a streetcar that’s seen better days. Source: Shorpy