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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

November 23, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Ford Motor Co., Union Station." For the 1939 model year, Ford debuted a new brand called Mercury.

Want to Buy a Ford? Go to Union Station

You have to love this old photo from 1938. It shows two cars, a Ford on the left and on the right, a new brand they just launched, Mercury. I also love how the...
military men in Washington, DC circa 1918

Hey, Look at that Aeroplane!

It would appear that these men (and woman) are looking at an aerial show. The man in the middle with the radio is possibly in contact with the pilot. However, the caption for the...
Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Lotos Lantern." Miss Steger's tea house at 731 13th Street. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Lotos Lantern Tea House at 17th and G

This is a great old photo of Lotos Lantern Tea House at 17th and G St. NW. Here is another view of the building. You can see it on the far right.  
Washington, D.C. "Texas Company. Payne & Twomey, 1925." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Sandwiches, Soft Drinks, Tobacco and Cakes

Sorry our posts are so short. We spent the bulk of the holidays moving our site to better hosting (which hopefully you notice – faster page loads). We’ll make sure to crank out some...
"Auto wreck. December 31, 1923." Continuing this week's theme of vehicular mishaps on (and off) the roads of Washington, D.C. On New Year's Eve, this car was in the drink. See the comments for details about this fatal accident in the Tidal Basin. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Don’t Drink and Drive in 1923

The driver of this car did and ended up in the Tidal Basin. The car made it out but two men did not. A third, the driver did. Below is a story from the...
Happy New Year! (Shorpy)

Happy New Year 1940!

It’s almost 2013 … 73 years after this photo was taken.
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Margaret Clark." A Christmas tree with all the trimmings, and a Buick. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Merry Christmas in 1920

Merry Christmas to all GoDCers! We’ll be taking a break from posting until the new year.
Circa 1910. "Train concourse, Union Station, Washington, D.C." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Cavernous Concourse at Union Station

Check out how massive Union Station looks in this photo. This is from 1910, several years after the railroad station was completed.
Street scene in Washington, D.C., winter of 1941-42. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam, probably taken near the N and Union intersection of her other shots. Clues are the Chung Wah laundry at 1264, the J. Marucci barbershop and the A. Peterman clothing store.

1942 Washington, in Color

Street scene in Washington, D.C., winter of 1941-42. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam, probably taken near the N and Union intersection of her other shots. Clues are the Chung Wah laundry at 1264,...