The Way We Were [Street Scenes in Washington, D.C. 1913-1925]

I happened upon this collection of photos from the National Photo Company Collection in the Library of Congress.

I love the optimism and elegance of the early twentieth century. These pictures show some of the most familiar landmarks of our country under construction. The pride that Americans took in our country is evident!


March 3, 1913. Suffragette March


Feb 12, 1915. Laying the cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial


July 1916. Lincoln Memorial under construction.


The faces of these women are amazing. What must they have been thinking?

1916. Convention of Former Slaves, Washington, DC


Look how sharp all the men look!

1918 Washington DC street scene. 


1920. 11 Women and a little girl in the Bathing Beauties contest


1920. Hudson Super Six racing car


Feb 23, 1921. Mesdames David Elkings, J.W. Beckham, and S.P. Spencer


Nov 8, 1921. Cherubic child selling newspapers for 1 cent each.


June 29, 1922. Little Miss Tarkington, daughter of Mrs. W. Tarkington Jr., on the steps of the White House patiently waiting to snap a picture of Mr. Harding


1922? Potomac flood, Georgetown, D.C.


1922. A woman scientist.


Mar 4, 1923. Members of Congress leaving the Capitol


Nov 1, 1923. President Calvin Coolidge (Silent Cal) laying the corner stone of the George Washington memorial, Alexandria, Va.


1923. St. Mary’s Orphanage in Washington, D.C.


It’s a matter of personal annoyance I cannot find out this rooster’s name, but at least we have his photograph.

Labeled 1924 or 1925, but likely between 1901-09. The Roosevelt family once owned this one-legged Rooster.