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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Aerial view of Alexandria, Virgina taken in the 1980s.

1980s Aerial Photo of Alexandria

Click on the image below to see the larger version and see if you recognize parts of Alexandria from the 1980s. Source: Library of Congress

Orange and Alexandria Railroad Roundhouse

I love old railroad photos like this. You’re looking at a couple photos of the Alexandria railroad roundhouse back during the Civil War. They’re just beautiful photos, frozen in time, so make sure you...
Potomac River in 1898

Beautiful 1898 Photo of the Potomac River

This is quite a beautiful photo of the Potomac River from 1898. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to locate this photo, but if you have any thoughts, add them below in the comments. Source:...

1917 Film Footage of 180-Mile Journey Down Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

Check out this fascinating film footage of a trip down the C&O Canal.

Film Footage of D.C. After 1968 Riots

Here is some really sad and devastating film footage that we dug up showing the city after the riots of 1968.

1957 Guided Tour of Washington, D.C.

This film footage from 1957 is excellent. Make sure you watch the whole thing and check out the familiar sites.

1939 Tourist Footage of Washington

Check out this great film footage of Washington, D.C. from back in 1939.
Old Post Office in 1911

Old Post Office Pavilion Through Fog

Here’s a slightly spooky, yet beautiful photo showing the Old Post Office through a snowy, foggy night in 1911. It’s labeled June 5th, but clearly it didn’t snow then. I’m guessing that was when...
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

Rare Old 1846 Photo of Old Post Office

This is an amazing old photo of the General Post Office, which still stands in Gallery Place today. Check out the beautiful image below, which is from 1846. The building is now the Washington Monaco...