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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Naval Academy Midshipmen at Superintendent’s House (1901)

This is an excellent photo from Shorpy. It shows a class of midshipmen in 1901 at the Naval Academy, hanging out on the porch of the superintendent’s home. Click on it for a larger...

A Day in the Life of Washington, 1936 [VIDEO]

This has to be one of the best finds in a long time … and this appears to be authored by fellow GoDCer Brian at National Journal. The film he uncovered is from the Works...
The New Hadleigh Apartments - August 9th, 1919 (Washington Times)

This Day in History: Birth of the Camden Roosevelt

Washington Times, August 9th, 1919 A new $2,000,000 apartment hotel is to be erected at once on the property bounded by Sixteenth street, New Hampshire avenue, V and W streets. The building will be...
Putnam's Billard Parlor advertisement - December 7th, 1911 (Washington Herald)

Putnam’s Billiard Parlor: The Finest in the United States

Here’s an advertisement from December 7th, 1911 in the Washington Herald. If you’re a frequent patron of Buffalo Billiards, Bedrock Billiards or the former Kokopooli’s, you’ll find this interesting. Here’s a small mention of...
"Walk," "Don't Walk," "No Right Turn," "Thru Only": a complicated traffic signal to uncomplicate Washington, D.C., traffic, 1949. 306-PS-49-2682. (National Archives)

Most Confusing Traffic Signs Ever

I came across this photo in the Library of Congress’ archives. It’s clear that these traffic signs are completely unclear. How the hell do you make sense of this? From the Lorstan Photographers studio...
Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Devereux child in chariot." Late for the toga party. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. (Shorpy)

Chariot Late for Toga Party

Bizarre? Definitely. Here’s a classic that was on Shorpy. The caption doesn’t reveal very much information, nor does it tell us where this was taken, but I think the photo speaks for itself. It...
Classroom scenes in Washington, D.C. public schools: studying live dog, 5th Division -1899 (Library of Congress)

Studying a Live Dog in Kindergarten

Here’s an interesting scene that you probably wouldn’t see kindergarten today. This classroom of children is learning about, what appears to be, the anatomy of a live dog. This was taken by the local...
Montgomery County, Maryland. The roller coaster at Glen Echo Park in 1926. (Shorpy)

Upsy-Downsy-Daisy Roller Coaster

The image below is great, especially when you click on it for a larger version. Check out the expressions of the riders … priceless. Relative to what we have today, this is probably a...
Washington circa 1910. "Congress Heights Dramatic Club." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. (Shorpy)

Time For Another Break … and Sleeping Beauty

GoDC is 450 posts in now and we’re going to take this next week off to recharge. Hopefully you won’t miss us too much. We will get out an email and fire out a...