I really love learning about the history of our neighborhood, and I find pictures just bring what U street used to be like alive. When I saw that DC’s Historical Society had some of their images online (and searchable by city block), I couldn’t help but immerse myself in the images (via Penn Quarter Living). Here are some of the most interesting I found, with even more after the jump (all images courtesy of DC’s Historical Society). Enjoy!

1200 block of U street, 1920

1200 block of U street, 1920

Sunny South Market, now Saint Ex, 1949

Republic Theatre, U street b/t 13th and 14th, 1960

Republic Theatre, 1348 U street, 1964

Wow! 12th and U, where the 7-11 now is, 1977

Ben's

Ben's Chili Bowl/the Casbah 1979

14th and U, 1949

Capital Arena, 1300 block of W, 1964

People's Drug Store, 2002 14th street, 1920-1940