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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1926. "Hot weather, Rock Creek Park." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Nighttime Snoozing in Rock Creek Park

A heat wave in 1926 was unbearable and some folks took to the cooler confines of Rock Creek for some respite. Below is a photo (probably staged) of three Washingtonians attempting to escape the...

A Shy Toddler, Chubby Baby and Hypnotized Baby

Love these snapshots of life in the 1920s. Look at the chunky monkey on the left (sorry if that’s your grandmother). This is from 1922 and is captioned “playground baby show.”
Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Sanctuary, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Inside The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church

Do you attend The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church? If you do, maybe you recognize the interior of the church. This photo from Shorpy dates back to 1924. Click on it for greater detail.
Cadastral map of planned residential subdivisions in what is now the inc. town of Chevy Chase Village (Montgomery County, Md.).

Chevy Chase Real Estate Plots in 1890

This is a map of Chevy Chase, Section 2, near the District. It dates from 1890 and we dug this up at the Library of Congress.
Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Robert Hall, group." in color

1918 in Color: Be Prepared

Shorpy always has great photos. You can spent way too much time digging through finding gems like this. The photo below is a scene replicating Joseph Leyendecker’s BSA Liberty Loan poster for bonds during World...
Drawing shows stables in the foreground and view of the city of Washington from southeast with the United States Capitol on the right, the White House in center background, and the Smithsonian castle and Washington Monument on the left.

View of Washington in the 1840s

Here is a painting of Washington from the late 1840s or 1850s, done by Augustus Köllner. The view is from an angle south of the Capitol, looking northwest. We just came across this watercolor while digging...
stretching and yawning in the classroom circa 1899

Please Practice Your Stretching and Yawning

It would appear that the subject matter being taught in this classroom is a little bizarre. I don’t remember being taught the proper mechanics behind stretching and yawning … however, I will say that...
Northern Liberty Market

Northern Liberty Market

We came across this photo from 1920 on Shorpy. The image shows Liberty Market at 5th and K St. NW. The building was built on the east side of 5th and K in 1874...
Wise-Hooe-Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street

Wise-Hooe-Lloyd House, 220 North Washington St.

If you live in Alexandria or have been there, you have undoubtedly been by this house. This is the Wise-Hooe-Lloyd House on North Washington St, sometime in the 1930s. Check out the house today....