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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

View of Washington Monument (1922)

Vista of Monument From Lincoln Memorial

Here is a nice photograph from 1922. You’re looking at the Washington Monument from within the Lincoln Memorial, which has just opened. The memorial has not yet been formally dedicated — a ceremony attended...
Potomac bathing beauties (1920)

Potomac Bathing Beach Beauties

These ladies look like they’re having a great time hanging out at the old Tidal Basin bathing beach. That would be an absolutely nasty place to swim today. Thanks Shorpy! Related articles Bathing Suit...
Basketball and learning the Charleston (1926)

Basketball and the Charleston

I’ll leave you with this last photo from 1926. This is a great way to end your Friday. This was taken in the old Columbia Heights Arcade. Vivian Marinelli is teaching these guys the...
Miss Elizabeth Ramey (1924)

Local Alexandria Teacher Buys a Ford

I rarely need to augment these colorized photos with words. It’s almost spooky to look at a color photo from almost 90 years ago. All the previous ones have been amazing and this one...
N and Union St. SW (1942)

Incredible Color Photo From Southwest D.C. During World War II

This photo is from 1942 and it speaks for itself. Stunning. It’s courtesy of¬†Shorpy again. Best … site … ever. I should add that this is color, not colorized like the Lincoln photo. Related...
Washington Monument under construction

The Washington Monument Under Construction

Construction of the monument began on July 4th, 1848. Progress was slow, and after ten years, construction was halted due to congressional infighting, rising Civil War tensions and lack of funds. It remained in...
Children on a swing (1924)

Children Swinging in 1924

This is a photo I came across on Shorpy. It’s of three children, who happen to be the offspring of James J. Davis, the Secretary of Labor in the Harding Administration. Davis was an...
J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan by Paramount Pictures (1924)

First Lady Grace Coolidge Visits the Tivoli Theater in Columbia Heights

Michelle Obama isn’t the only first lady to set foot in Columbia Heights. Grace Coolidge took the drive up 14th St. to attend a benefit for the Girl Scouts at the Tivoli Theater. The...
Dulles Airport

Concrete, Steel and Glass: Dulles Airport is the Port of the Future

Dulles International Airport is one of only two federally owned airports in the country (National Airport being the other). Some find it to be an ugly monstrosity. Others find it to be an architectural...