Frances Benjamin Johnston

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). What a great photo,...

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.

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 High School gymnasium.

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 both stretching AND yawning....

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 Street View today. Cool....

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 Benjamin Johnston. Related articles...