Frances Benjamin Johnston

Riggs Bank and The Department of Justice in 1888

Here’s a cool old photograph taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston showing Riggs Bank and the Department of Justice. Source: Library of Congress
New Willard's lobby

Photos of the New Willard Hotel in the Early 1900s

Here is a great series of photos taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston. They show the New Willard around the time of its completion in 1904.     Source: Library of Congress
Whittemore House in 1900

Photos of the Whittemore House in 1900

This beautiful old home is the Whittemore House (check out their website) on New Hampshire Ave. NW, just off of Dupont Circle. It still stands today as the Women’s National Democratic Club (check out their website)....
Franklin School in 1900

What the Franklin School Looked Like in 1900

Check this old photo out. It was taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston around the turn of the 20th century.   Source: Library of Congress
Western High School in 1900

1900 Photo of Western High School (Duke Ellington School of the Arts)

Here’s an old photo of Western High School taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston. The photo is from about 1900 and today, the building houses the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Source: Library of Congress
Frances Benjamin Johnston seated with three other people in automobile

Frances Benjamin Johnston in a Car

Here’s a cool photo from the early 20th century. It shows the famed photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston in an old automobile with three others. Source: Library of Congress
Riggs Bank - the Dept. of Justice for A.P.A.

Riggs Bank Photo Dated November 14th, 1888

This is an awesome photo dated November 14th, 1888. The photo is labeled “Riggs Bank – the Dept. of Justice for A.P.A.” and was taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
Major Russell Harrison and Harrison children--Baby McKee and sister on goat cart

The Harrison Grandchildren on a Goat Cart at the White House

Here is something you are highly unlikely to see today. Kids on the South Lawn, riding a goat cart. Quaint.
Policeman standing guard at entrance to White House

Standing Guard at the White House

Here’s a great photo from around the turn of the century. It’s of a policeman, standing guard in front of the White House, taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
young women exercising with dumbbells at Western High School

Female Students Exercising in the Gym (1899)

What a fascinating series of photographs. These were taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston around 1899 and we dug this up at the Library of Congress. It shows a group of young women exercising in the Western...

Southeast Garden at the White House in 1921

Wow … another amazing shot. This one is colorized from 1921, taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston. Incredible details. Thank you Library of Congress!
stretching and yawning in the classroom circa 1899

Please Practice Your Stretching and Yawning

It would appear that the subject matter being taught in this classroom is a little bizarre. I don’t remember being taught the proper mechanics behind stretching and yawning … however, I will say that I love...
Horse car in Washington, D.C. at Wisconsin and O St. NW (1889)

Horsecar at Intersection in Georgetown

Below is a terrific photo taken in 1893. This is the intersection (today) of Wisconsin and O St. NW in Georgetown. The main building you see on the corner is still there. Check out the Google...
Classroom scenes in Washington, D.C. public schools: studying live dog, 5th Division -1899 (Library of Congress)

Studying a Live Dog in Kindergarten

Here’s an interesting scene that you probably wouldn’t see kindergarten today. This classroom of children is learning about, what appears to be, the anatomy of a live dog. This was taken by the local great, Frances...
Self-portrait by Johnston, dressed as a man, sporting a fake mustache and holding a bicycle, ca. 1890 (Wikipedia)

Appreciating the Photography of Washington’s Own Frances Benjamin Johnston

In honor of Women’s History Month, Cultural Tourism D.C. put up the first of hopefully many Frances “Fannie” Benjamin Johnston posts on Tumblr. She was a prominent 19th century female photographer and Washington native. Frances was born to...
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