Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Embassy of Cuba in 1937

Beautiful 1930s Photo of Cuban Embassy

What a great old shot of the Cuban Embassy at 2630 16th St. NW. Source: Library of Congress
View of the M Street NW elevation of the two-story Key Mansion with Key's single-story law office attached to west side of structure. A portion of the commercial building continuing west along the street is also visible.

Francis Scott Key Lived in This Georgetown House

It’s so sad that this house no longer stands. The house stood roughly where Key Bridge enters Georgetown today. The address was 3518 M St. NW. Source: Dig DC
View from Pennsylvania Avenue NW looking east towards the buildings on the east side of 15th Street as well as the southeast corner of 15th and G Streets. Streetcars and horses and wagons are on streets.

15th and G St. NW in 1911

I’m trying to make out where this is today. 15th, Pennsylvania, and G St. don’t really intersect. Can you help out and add your ideas below in the comments? I think we’re looking down Pennsylvania, to...
7th and G St. in 1911

7th and G St. in the Summer of 1911

What a cool old photo of 7th and G St. NW in 1911. Source: Dig DC
First Congregational Church in 1909

1901 Photo of First Congregational Church in Penn Quarter

Here’s a wonderful old photo that we dug up at Dig DC. It shows the First Congregational Church at 9th and G St. in 1909. Source: Dig DC
View of the east and south elevations of Mrs. E. D. E. N (Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte) Southworth's cottage, located at the southwest corner of Prospect and 36th Streets NW. In background can be seen 1224 36th Street NW whose Prospect Street elevation is painted with "Drink Coca-Cola."

Quaint Old Southworth Cottage at 36th and Prospect in Georgetown

Another great find courtesy of Dig DC and the DC Public Library.This is the Southworth Cottage at 36th and Prospect in Georgetown, home of noted author Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth, taken in 1909. She was a...
View toward Navy Yard

19th Century View Towards Navy Yard

What a great old photo of the Navy Yard. Source: Dig DC
View looking from the northwest corner of Cedar and 4th Street NW east down Cedar Street toward the railroad underpass. Image includes a partial view of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station on the right with a blurred locomotive crossing the underpass and going into the station. The train is headed toward Washington, D.C.

Cedar St. and 4th in Takoma, Early 1900s

Can someone identify the time period for this? This is Cedar St. looking east at the intersection with 4th St., where the railroad (now the Metro) crosses over it. Source: Dig DC And even cooler, check...
View looking east from the middle of a frozen Tidal Basin upon which many individuals are walking or skating. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is visible in the distance.

Ice Skating on the Tidal Basin

Would you do this today? I don’t even know if you could. I can’t remember the last time it was frozen completely solid. Source: Dig DC
View of south and west elevations of Peirce Mill, to the left of Tilden Street NW as it rises to cross Rock Creek.

Peirce Mill and Spring House on Thanksgiving Day 1910

It looks almost exactly the same today! The photos were taken on November 24th, 1910 … Happy Thanksgiving! Source: Dig DC

Incredible 1863 Photo of Downtown Washington – “Views of War”

Here is a great old photo from 1863 showing Alexander Gardner‘s photo gallery at 7th and D. Click the image for a detailed version. Source: Library of Congress

GoDCer Shares Film Footage of Washington in 1949

Check out this great footage out. This is from 1949, sent in by GoDCer Eric.
President Roosevelt at NIH

Rare Footage of FDR Dedicating the NIH

This is some great old footage of FDR dedicating the NIH back in 1940. Thanks to GoDCer Jeff for sending this in a while ago. It was originally posted on an NIH blog, Circulating Now, and...
Georgetown students in 1895

Photo of Georgetown College Students in 1895

How things stay the same. Check out the faces and expressions of these young men. These guys aren’t that different from these guys¬†about 40 years later. Source: Georgetown University I wonder if the guy at right,...
View of commercial building on the northeast corner of B Street (later Constitution Avenue) and 7th Street NW. An automobile in the foreground has an Esso advertising cover on its spare tire that reads, "ESSO THE GIANT POWER FUEL." - February 1st, 1931

Check Out 7th and Constitution in 1931

Back in 1931, Constitution Avenue was called B Street. Read about why it was named Constitution Ave. and when. Source: Dig DC
View of Constitution Avenue NW looking towards Center Market, which occupied the northeast corner of 9th Street NW. Many produce stalls are visible on the northwest corner of that intersection and horse-drawn vehicles are on the cobblestone street.

Constitution Avenue View of Center Market

This is a cool old photo of Center Market. Source: Dig DC
View looking west on New York Avenue NW from 13th Street and taking in the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and the commercial buildings on H Street NW between 13th and 14th Streets. The time on the church steeple clock is 10:55 a.m.

Photo of 13th and H St. at 10:55 a.m. on January 4th, 1931

This photo was taken precisely at 10:55 a.m. that day, according to the clock in the photo. Click on it for a larger, more detailed version. Source: Dig DC
Expansive view of Center Market taken from an elevated position on the northeast corner of Indiana Avenue and 7th Street NW. A statue of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock is prominnent on the right side of the image which also features pedestrians, streetcars, horse and carriages, bicycles, and automobile traffic.

Scene Around Center Market in 1913

What a cool scene from 1913. Source: Dig DC
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