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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Arcade Market in Columbia Heights (Library of Congress)

Columbia Heights Arcade Gets First Roof Garage in D.C.

Driving was still not the primary mode off transportation in the city with streetcars crisscrossing the city, but John Blick, head of the Arcade Market going up in Columbia Heights felt strongly enough about...
P.K. Chaconas Co. Market circa 1915; George Chaconas pictured in front (Shorpy)

P.K. Chaconas and Co.: These Prices Hold Good For One Week

Here’s a photo of George Chaconas in front of his market, located at 924 Louisiana Ave. NW. If you look near the top right of the photo, you’ll see what appears to be the...

Midgets for Coolidge

So, this is a bizarre one that I came across on Shorpy … a large group of midgets arrive in Washington to support President Calvin Coolidge. I’m not making this up. It was reported in...
Falls Church today (Wikipedia)

Falls Church: Washington’s Quaint Suburb

Below is the great opening paragraph of an article from the Washington Times. “Hello, central. Gimme Leesburg.” “Leesburg? O. K. There you are.” The central office which really places you in communications with Leesburg...
Daniel H. Riggs, Howard University Medicine, in the South Yard of the Smithsonian Institution Building, stands next to his carriage. Picture shows the East Wing after Adolph Cluss' 1884 renovation. Against the building are sheds, used by the Department of Living Animals, 1887-1890 (Smithsonian Archives)

Doctor and His Carriage at the Smithsonian

Here’s a photograph from 1890 which shows Dr. Daniel H. Riggs of Howard University posing next to his carriage near the Smithsonian. In 1893, the doctor was the defendant in a malpractice lawsuit. The...
Washington's Joe Judge sliding at home

Joe Judge: Washington’s First Baseman and “That Other Washington Monument”

To close out our week of baseball posts, we are going to highlight an old local baseball hero … one who you might not know. Joe Judge was Washington’s first baseman for almost 18...
Anacostia High School Indians baseball team in 1939 (Library of Congress)

Anacostia High School Baseball Team (1939)

Anacostia High School was a brand new school, having opened in 1937. Their second full season of baseball would be the 1939 season and the photo above is the 12-man roster and their coach,...
Casino Royal Adult Theatre advertisement in the Washington Post - December 15th, 1977

Sleezy 14th Street Porno District

If you lived in or visited Washington in the 1970s or 80s you probably remember how nasty this city was. I remember my father taking me to the 1988 Washington Auto Show at the...

San Diego Padres Move to Washington for 1974 Season

Wait, what did you say? The Washington Padres? Yes, that’s right. This deal was pretty much signed, sealed and delivered when the Washington Post reported it on May 28th, 1973 in an article titled...