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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Catholic University basketball team in 1923

1923 Catholic University Basketball Team

This is a photo of Catholic University‘s basketball team in 1923. The photo was taken in the old gymnasium, which is now the school of architecture (according to Shorpy).
Arlington Bathing Beach in 1923

Arlington’s Beach on the Potomac

Hard to believe it, but back in the 1920s, Arlington had a beach. Here’s a shot of the amusement park on the Potomac River (near where the Pentagon is today) around 1925. And here...
1917. Arlington, Virginia. "Fort Myer officer training camp mess." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

The Smiling Army Cook

Great photo. You can’t help but smile back when you look at it. The guy in the photo is an army cook at Ft. Myer in 1917. I only wish I had a name...
Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1915-1930. One of three H&E glass negatives labeled "Car exterior. Washington & Old Dominion R.R." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Ghost Railroad Car #4928

This is a great afternoon photo for you to lose yourself in. Click on it for a larger version. We found this gem on Shorpy and you can follow the interesting conversation in their...
November 24, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Bonus Bureau, Computing Division. Many clerks figure the amount of the bonus each veteran is entitled to."

High Powered Computing Circa 1924

This is what a high-powered computing operation looked like in 1924. This was crowdsourcing before it existed.
Washington, D.C., 1921. "Times boy and bicycle." Winner of a Mead Ranger bike by virtue of selling 30 newspaper subscriptions. The Ranger contest was a promotion of various papers from about 1917 to 1923. National Photo Co. Collection.

Sweet Bike … Pissed Kid

His bike looks sweet. Why does he look so pissed?
Lincoln Park Baist real estate map in 1903

Detailed Map of Lincoln Park in 1903

Here is another amazing map. This time we are focusing on Lincoln Park. Look at how many lots are vacant. And there is a race track at 15th and North Carolina Ave. Gotta love...
boy on the steps to the Octagon House in 1921

Don’t Enter That House. It’s Haunted!

Here is an apropos photo for All Hallows’ Eve. It’s a shot of a boy walking up the steps to the Octagon House, a house I wouldn’t recommend entering this evening, since it is...

White House Police Captain John McCubbin

Meet John McCubbin, White House police officer in 1922, recently promoted to head the force. Yes, he looks a little stiff. He was born in Virginia to a Scottish father and English mother. His...