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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

"Election night crowd at White House, November 1920." The chosen one was Warren Harding. National Photo Company glass negative.

1920 Election Night Celebrations at the White House

Take a look at the crowd in front of the White House on Election Night 1920. The elation is palpable as the crowd exudes utter joy and relief that eight years of Woodrow Wilson...
September 15, 1922. Clarence Sherrill, son of the Washington, D.C., superintendent of public buildings. National Photo Co.

Street Luging in Adams Morgan

Below is a great photograph that we found on Shorpy. The young boy riding down the hill is Clarence Sherrill, Jr., son of Col. Clarence Sherrill, the superintendent of public buildings in D.C. At...

Newspaper Boys at the Capitol in 1912

Below is a photograph of five newspaper boys in front of the Capitol Building. It’s always great to see these photos accompanied with the names of those in the picture. We’ll see what we...
April 1865. Washington, D.C. "John C. Howard's stable on G Street between 6th and 7th, where John H. Surratt kept horses before leaving town on April 1." From photographs pertaining to the assassination of President Lincoln, April-July 1865. Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown.

ZipHorse or Horse2Go?

Have trouble finding a horse to get groceries? Want to get out town for the weekend?  Look no further than John C. Howard’s stable on G St. This is another incredible photo from the...
1919. "U.S. Army. Return of Washington, D.C., soldiers." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Soldier Returns Home From World War I

Here’s a powerful photo. The soldier looks absolutely thrilled to be back and hold, what appears to be, his baby. The baby, on the other hand, not so thrilled to be handled.
The Mason House on Analoston Island - 1903

The Mason House on Analoston Island

Here is a great contribution from GoDCer Mike. This property was purchased by Johanna O’Neil Copperthite and Henry was thanked personally by T.R. when he was elected president. We were always told that this island was...

Thanksgiving in Park View (1924)

Here’s a photo we dug up on Shorpy. This is Park View in 1924, just before Thanksgiving. The man appears to be looking for the perfect bird for the family feast.
Washington, D.C., circa 1937. Exterior of the Happy News Cafe (described in a 1933 news item as "the new dietitian restaurant for the unemployed") at 1727 Seventh Street N.W. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Happy News Cafe on 7th St. in 1937

This is a photo from Shorpy of Happy News Cafe at 1727 7th St. NW. … and the best part, is that the building is still there, albeit, slightly altered. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1727+7th+st+nw+dc&layer=c&sll=38.913660,-77.021496&cbp=13,81.76,,0,-3.59&cbll=38.913657,-77.021924&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1727+7th+St+NW,+Washington,+District+of+Columbia+20001&ll=38.91366,-77.021496&spn=0.004433,0.010568&t=m&z=14&iwloc=A&panoid=atG_wnyFip90fJVA6dd3ig&source=embed&output=svembed]
Lincoln movie poster

Abraham Lincoln and The Black Code of the District of Columbia

I recently saw “Lincoln” with Mrs. Ghosts and was blown away by the history and power of the film. A number of visually stunning scenes depicted life in Washington during the waning years of...