Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

View of a group of hikers walking alongside Rock Creek to the left and an embankment that leads up to the right upon which can be seen a row of buildings. Location is to the west and downhill from the 2800 block of Adams Mill Road NW.

Photo of Rock Creek Hiking in 1916

Do you recognize this part of Rock Creek Park? If I’m not mistaken, it’s near the entrance to the National Zoo on Rock Creek Parkway. Source: Dig DC
600 block of G Street NW

What Did Southwest D.C. Look Like in the 1940s?

This is a cool old photo from the 1940s showing the 600 block of G St, which doesn’t appear to be there any more, torn down as part of the tragic urban revival of Southwest. And...
13th and G St.

What Did G Street Look Like in the 1930s?

Check out this amazing old photo of G St. at 13th St. in 1930. The photo was taken on May 25th, 1930. Source: Dig DC
1858 plan of the Navy Yard

1858 Architectural Plan for the Navy Yard

Check this out … it’s an old 1858 plan for the Navy Yard. Source: Library of Congress
1810 Shepherd St.

1950s Crestwood Home and Today

We came across this gem of a photo from the 1950s here. Check out 1810 Shepherd St. back then. And this is what it looks like today on Google Street View. Looks like the same paint...
Three men with bicycles on bridge near Pierce Mill, Washington, D.C.

Amazing Photo of Men Bicycling Near Peirce Mill

What an amazing photo this is from sometime between the 1880s and 1910s. I can’t quite tell the direction of this shot. I think it’s looking east toward Mt. Pleasant? Source: Library of Congress
view near Gravelly Point

Aerial View Near Gravelly Point and National Airport

Check out this unique aerial view of the waterfowl sanctuary near Gravelly Point. Source: Library of Congress
Connecticut and N St. NW

Pre-Great Depression Photos of Dupont Circle

This is the intersection of 18th, N St. and Connecticut Ave. in 1929 before the Great Depression. Source: Library of Congress And, here’s a shot of Florida Ave. and 21st St. Source: Library of Congress
Washington Monument

The Washington Monument as Seen From The Treasury Department

Here’s an incredible view of the Washington Monument some time in the early 1980s. Source: Library of Congress
Two girls view the cherry blossoms at night from the Tidal Basin, undated, Scurlock Studio. Scurlock Studio Records, c. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Neg. no. 2008-4935.

Best Night Cherry Blossom Washington Monument Photo Ever

How great is this old photograph of the cherry blossoms and the Washington Monument? We dug this old photo up in the Smithsonian Archives. It was taken some time in the 1940s or 1950s. Source: Smithsonian...
Two Curtiss JN-4H "Jenny" airmail planes parked at the temporary airmail field at Washington, DC’s Polo Field, a small strip of grassy land between the Tidal Basin and Potomac River.

What Did U.S. Postal Service Planes Look Like During World War I?

What an awesome old photo of a U.S. Postal Service plane from 1918. Source: Smithsonian
Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Sherman house, 300 block Third Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Lost 3rd St. NW Buildings

How different does this view of 3rd St. look like? Source: Shorpy
Union Station, bird's-eye view from the south

Check Out Union Station in the Twenties

Wow, this is such a cool old photo from the 1920s. Source: Library of Congress
Washington, D.C., 1921. "National Fruit Co." Out-of-town bananas and news. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

What Did Fruit Vendors Look Like in the 1920s?

How cool is this photo of D.C. from 1921. You’ll notice that the YMHA (Young Men’s Hebrew Association) building is in this too. This is the 400 block of 11th St. NW. Source: Library of Congress
Circa 1932. "United Food Stores." Whitman's Market at A and Sixth streets S.E. in Washington. National Photo Company safety film negative.

1932 Capitol Hill Corner Market

This is a great old photo of the United Food Stores market at 6th and A St. SE in 1932. Source: Shorpy And, below is the same building today on Google Street View.
Circa 1924, "Metropolitan Methodist Church, C Street, Washington, D.C." And the Ford building next door. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size. The church, at C Street NW and John Marshall Place, was abandoned and razed after the congregation moved to its Nebraska Avenue location in the 1930s. The 1905 Ford Motor Co. building on Pennsylvania Avenue was torn down in 1980.

Magnificent Lost Methodist Church on C Street

What a beautiful old church, which was sadly destroyed in the name of progress. Ugh. Source: Shorpy
Hains Point

What Did Hains Point Look Like in the 1920s?

Source: Library of Congress And this is the same area in today’s Google Street View.
Traffic, 14th & Thomas Circle

What Did Thomas Circle Look Like in 1920?

This is such an incredible photo of Thomas Circle in the 1920s. I love this. Click on it for a larger version and study it for a while. Source: Library of Congress
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