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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Map of the Navy Yard Before Nationals Park

Another map! Sweet. I think GoDCer David will dig this. Most of you will dig this because these old maps are amazing. This time, we’re checking out the Navy Yard circa 1921. This is...
Baist map of U St. and Shaw (1921)

Map of U St. and Shaw Circa 1903 and 1921

Below is the Baist real estate map of the area around U St. and Vermont Ave. NW. So if you’re a frequent patron of Dodge City, Nellie’s, or the hoppin’ new place, Brixton, this...
Homestead Grays in 1944 (Smithsonian)

Homestead Grays: Gone But Not Forgotten

This is awesome, with a few appearances from former Mayor Anthony Williams (nice bow tie dude!).  If you’re a baseball fan and a history fan, watch the whole thing. It’s an excellent history on...
Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Ford Motor Co. truck, John H. Wilkins Co." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. (Shorpy)

Robert DeNiro’s 1920s Twin Worked at Wilkins Coffee

Wow! What an amazing colorized photo. This shows a Wilkins Coffee truck being loaded on location, somewhere on the 500 block of Rhode Island Ave. NE. Click on it to take a closer look...
Washington, D.C., circa 1904. "North from the Smithsonian Institution." Landmarks include the Willard Hotel at left and Old Post Office tower. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Afternoon Photo: View North from the Smithsonian

Pass the afternoon by studying this photo close up. Amazing detail, including a view of the Willard Hotel as well as the Old Post Office.
Beauty Contest Winner Washington Post headline

Beauty Contest Winner Saves Man from Drowning

A beauty queen hero emerged on the banks of the Potomac, one summer day in 1924. Below is an article from the Washington Post, published on June 2nd, 1924. Miss Leoma Davis, winner of...
September 5, 1925. Washington, D.C. "W.A. Green, Chief Prohibition Inspector." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. (Shorpy)

Chief Prohibition Inspector: Major Buzzkill

Meet Major Walton Atwater Green, Chief Prohibition Inspector for Washington, D.C. This is not a guy you want to cross. Don’t let him catch you with some hooch.

OMG, 1920s Slang: Ho Hum, Blind Dates, Giggle Water and Whoopee

Here is an awesome article from the Washington Post, published on March 2nd, 1929. It was written by Arthur Dean, “The Parent Counselor.” You think being a parent is tough today? Well, it wasn’t...
press correspondents and photographers on the White House lawn - 1918

White House Photographers in 1918

This is a great one to kick off our new Ghosts of DC design. This photograph shows a group of White House photographers from the press pool, standing on the South Lawn back in...