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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Woodlawn Cemetery (source: woodlawndc.org)

Removal of Bodies From Graceland Cemetery Leads to Lawsuit

GoDCer Ronnie tweeted a request for a Woodlawn Cemetery and Ward 7 post this week, so I’m happy to oblige. In fact, I’m going to share a story which dates back to the origins...
The Willard Hotel in 1922 (Shorpy)

Morning Photo: The Willard Hotel in 1922

We love the Willard Hotel. Who doesn’t? The place is full of amazing history. We posted a view from the top of the hotel last week and this week we’re posting a view of...
East Potomac Golf Club (East Potomac Park), Washington, D.C., aerial view from above Haines Point looking north toward the Mall (Library of Congress)

View of East Potomac Park From the Air (1935)

Here is a great old photograph of East Potomac Park and Hains Point (which we learned about yesterday). This was taken by an airplane (obviously) from the photo section of Bolling Field. You can...
#1101 on fan trip at 7th Street & Florida - January 27th, 1962, the last day ever (source: Joe Testagrose collection)

Awesome Old Streetcar Photos … A Lot of Them

I stumbled across a great resource for streetcar photos. Check out the slide show below of some photos I pulled. The map below is the transit map for Washington in 1948. Click on it...
General Post Office from the corner of 8th Street and E Street, NW, Washington, D.C., the shop of Elija Dyer, merchant tailor, on the left

Afternoon Photo: Old Post Office at 8th and E St. NW

Following up on our Postal Service theme from earlier today, here’s a great afternoon photo for you to stare at for a bit. It’s a daguerreotype taken by John Plumbe in 1846 featuring the...
U.S. Senate subway circa 1915 (Shorpy)

The Senate Subway in 1915

If you work on Capitol Hill, you’re going to find this one fascinating. This is the underground subway that many of you take between buildings. Okay, it’s changed a little bit since then, but...
D.C. Fire Dept. car for Semmes Motor Co." National Photo Company Collection glass negative (Shorpy)

D.C. Fire Department Car in 1922

Here’s a Sunday night photo for you as you’re trolling the Internet, dreading tomorrow (case of the Mondays?). This is a super high-resolution photo of an old D.C. Fire Department car from 1922. Click...
Hotel Fairfax. Simplified map of District of Columbia showing location of Hotel Fairfax (Library of Congress)

1950s Tourist Driving Map of D.C.

Check this out. This is an interesting find. It’s a simplified driving map of the city for tourists trying to get around the popular sites and attractions. Click on the map for greater detail....
Drawing shows a woman and child exiting the telegraph office, and the National Hotel, at Pennsylvania and 6th Street, NW, as carriages and people move up and down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. The view is toward the Capitol, with its incomplete dome by A. Miller in 1860. (Library of Congress)

View of Pennsylvania Avenue in 1860

Here’s a great painting from 1860, looking down Pennsylvania Ave. It’s a similar view to the photo we posted last night, just a couple of years later, when the country was on the brink...