The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Alley View: 1925

Alley View: 1925

Washington, D.C., or vicinity, 1925. "Alleyway." Who can identify the church? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

mdsouth is correct

Kudos to mdsouth.

The view is looking west to the rear of St. Mary Mother of God from a spot in Douglas Alley. Here's a link to a Sanborn map from 1904-1916 that shows the jog in the alley: http://www.loc.gov/resource/g3851gm.g01227003/#seq-33

If you know how to read a Sanborn, pink means brick and yellow means wood frame and the map matches the photos. An "X" across the building means stable. You can see the stable door on the brick building on the right. A building marked with a small "D" is a dwelling, so the brick buildings on the left were someone's house.

Timeless

The photo is dated 1925 and, but for a few small details, it looks like it could have been taken in 1825.

St. Mary Mother of God

at 727 5th St NW certainly looks like it could be the one. That would mean this alley is under the massive Government Accountability Offices now.

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.