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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Panorama of Washington, D.C. in 1865

This is an excellent high resolution photograph of Washington from the Civil War. It’s a view of the city as seen from 14th an B St. NW (i.e., Constitution Ave.) in 1865.¬†Thanks again to...
moving the old Girl Scouts headquarters south of the White House

Girl Scouts’ Home Picked Up and Moved

This is an interesting photo which we found in the Library of Congress archives. The image is from 1924 when the old headquarters for the Girl Scouts of America was being moved. No small...
Horse car in Washington, D.C. at Wisconsin and O St. NW (1889)

Horsecar at Intersection in Georgetown

Below is a terrific photo taken in 1893. This is the intersection (today) of Wisconsin and O St. NW in Georgetown. The main building you see on the corner is still there. Check out...
View of Washington and the Potomac from Georgetown in 1865

View of Washington from Georgetown Heights in 1865

It’s often hard to believe how rural much of Washington appeared in the 19th century. This is one of those photographs that you marvel at for a while. The image shows a view of...

1863 Photograph Down New Jersey Ave.

This is an incredible view down New Jersey Ave. in 1863. The caption reads: Southeast view with New Jersey Ave. on the right and A Street and B Street (i.e., Independence Ave.) in the...
taxi driver in Washington around 1935

Who Was This Taxi Driver?

What a great shot. I only wish we knew this guy’s name, where he lived, what he did and what happened to him. He was a taxi driver in Washington around 1935 when this...
Men and gun of 3d Massachusetts Heavy Artillery at ornamental gate of Fort Totten

When Ft. Totten Really Was a Fort

Have you ever wondered what Fort Totten looked like? Here is a photograph from just after the Civil War in 1865, showing men from the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery at the fort’s gate.

The Flapper and Her Garter Flask

Hey, everyone’s gotta have some hooch or giggle water every now and then right? At least this young woman things so, stashing a flask right in her garter belt. Nobody will look down there.
a death warrant being read to inmate Wirz on the gallows

Hanging a Confederate War Criminal

Here is a macabre photo share for a rainy Sunday. A death warrant is being read to a man about to be hanged. The man on the gallows is Henry Wirz, a confederate captain,...