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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Old Post Office Pavilion in 1915

Flag Day at the Post Office Pavilion in 1915

This is a beautiful photo of Donald Trump’s newest property. I hope he doesn’t f*ck it up and make it ridiculously ostentatious.
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Franklin Roosevelt: No Marrying Foreign Aliens

For this last post, let us turn to the December 2, 1936 copy of the Washington Post. In this article, we observe a great tongue-in-cheek opening line (a nod to various failed multilateral trade...
Two kids sharing one soda

Cute Overload: One Soda, Two Kids, Two Straws

This is a photo fit for Cute Overload (if you’re into that stuff). This is the precursor to that scene in Lady and the Tramp. The two are attending the White House Easter Egg...
U.S. Patent Office interior in 1924

Incredibly Detailed 1924 Photo of the U.S. Patent Office’s Interior

Take a look at this great afternoon photo. The detail is amazing when you click to zoom in on it. This is the old U.S. Patent Office in 1924, the building that currently serves...
1943. On maneuvers in wartime Washington. "A soldier and a woman in a park, with the Old [Russell] Senate Office Building behind them." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency, photographer unknown. Office of War Information.

Man Ogles Woman Near Russell Building (1943)

We’re sharing a ton of great old photos this week and this is a great moment, frozen in time from 1943. It’s a shot of a soldier, sitting near a woman posing for a...
Elite Laundry at night

Stunning Photo: Elite Laundry (Currently Brixton)

To the best of our knowledge, this is 901 U St. NW, currently occupied by über-popular Brixton. Check out the photo of the front today … you can definitely see the resemblance. Below is the...
June 28, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Girl in bathing suit." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Awkward Photo of Little Girl in Bathing Suit

The expression on this girl’s face is bizarre … “why the hell are you making me hold a doll, a B.F. Keith’s sign and this stupid parasol, while sitting on this uncomfortable sand?” Poor...
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A Canadian in Dupont Circle

I was going to go with a title about Canadians coming in peace this time, but I did not want to re-start the old “who burned down the White House?” argument all over again....
Sidney Lust's Leader Theater Girls in 1919

NSFW: Sidney Lust’s Leader Theater Girls

For conservative, puritanical Americans, this is probably highly inappropriate … especially in the early 20th century (we warned you about NSFW if your boss is looking over your shoulder). But this was an odd...