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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Police raid a gambler's den. Several loads of book makers were taken from the E. St. address by the police (Library of Congress)

Police Raid Gambler’s Den on E Street

A huge gambling bust happened on January 31st, 1925. The location was a crowded restaurant on E St. where people would gather for illegal dice games and gambling. The Washington Post reported on it...
City of Washington, statistical maps / compiled by Lieut. F.V. Greene, assistant to the Engineer Commissioner, July 1st 1880 ; compiled by Lieut. F.V. Greene, U.S. Eng'rs ... to accompany the annual report of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia for the year ending June 30th 1880 ; Wm. T.O. Bruff, del., Eng'r Dept., D.C.

City of Washington Property Values Map From 1880

Interesting … it appears that property in Shaw and Mt. Vernon square is worth three to four times more that in Dupont Circle. This is a fascinating map and we know GoDCers love maps....
GWU girls rifle team near the Lincoln Memorial - February 2nd, 1927 (Library of Congress)

George Washington University Girls Rifle Team

It’s probably safe to say that this team no longer exists as an intercollegiate or even intramural team at GWU. Well, in 1927, the GW girls rifle team was good … really good. They...
1907 Baist real estate atlas for Ledroit Park and Bloomingdale

1907 Map of LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale

We now know that GoDCers love maps. They seriously love maps, because our most popular post ever was the 1851 map of Washington. So, let’s satisfy that hunger for more maps with this one...
Potomac bathing beach - May 28, 1923 (Shorpy)

Kick Off Memorial Day Weekend at Potomac Bathing Beach

Here’s a great shot from Shorpy of kids in the waters at Potomac bathing beach (I wouldn’t do this today). This is the official kickoff of summer in 1923, Memorial Day weekend. Click on...
March 21, 1927. Washington, D.C. "Ruth Jardine (at right) and class at Amaryllis show. (Shorpy)

Ruth Jardine Visits the U.S. Botanic Gardens

Below is a photo from 1927 of Ruth Jardine, the daughter of Secretary of Agriculture William M. Jardine. William was also Ambassador to Egypt during President Hoover‘s Administration. Related articles Decapitated by the Hangman’s...
U.S. casualty being treated at Naktong River

Philip Hughes: Skinny Kid From Brookland Killed in Korea

I checked my email the other day to find this email from a GoDCer. Emails like this are exactly why I started this blog. Not only is it fascinating, but it’s really important to...
Aerial view of a traffic jam, 14th Street and the Mall, Washington, D.C., Apr. 1937. 30-N-37-1360A. (National Archives)

Ugh, Traffic Sucks

Think your commute home today will suck? Check this out … Constitution Avenue circa 1937. By the way, do you know why it’s called Constitution Avenue? If not, read this post. Related articles Bus...
Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office

Afternoon Video: Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office

We put out a call the other day for some story suggestions and GoDCer from Chicago, Rose, sent along the idea of digging into Clara Barton’s former office and boarding house on 7th St....