The District Department of Transporation
recently added 25 more images to its online Historical Photo Archives
from locations throughout the city, including two dandy Near Southeast shots. One is from 1949, showing M Street at about 10th Street
, looking east (before the 11th Street Bridge flyovers were built). The other is of South Capitol Street, just south of N,
looking south toward what was at that point the new Douglass Bridge, circa 1957. (Amazingly, it was taken from almost the exact same spot that I've been using for my South-Cap-south-of-N photos
since 2005--it looks a little different now.) There's a couple buildings in the 1957 photo that are still in existence today, although one of them will be demolished soon to make way for 1325 South Capitol Street
. But I'm surprised to see that the U-Haul building at P Street was once a Lansburgh's department store (you can click on the photos on the DDOT site for high-res versions, which allow you to see the detail of the buildings much better).