What Did Baltimore Look Like in 1940?

Here’s a beautiful photo of Baltimore row houses from 1940, before World War II. You’re looking at Washington Blvd. at Bayard St.

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"Row houses, Baltimore, June 1940." Medium format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration
“Row houses, Baltimore, June 1940.” Medium format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration

Source: Shorpy

Here’s the exact spot today using Google Street View.

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  • This can’t be the same street. Look at the facades of the houses. The bow front is not evident in the old all brick photos. The bow front was common and I can’t believe that all of these homes were changed. The width of the homes is different too.

  • Michael Ripnick

    The “today” view got rotated somehow. Turn it around and you will see the correct spot.

  • Popeye D. Saylorman

    I’m pretty sure those are not the same row of houses.

  • Popeye D. Saylorman

    OK yeh…need to rotate the pic and go to the other side of the street.

  • Beau Charles

    Most assuredly the neighborhood’s demographics are nothing like they were back then.

  • Juanita Amey Neisser

    I LIVED AT 1348 WASHINGTON BLVD, IT IS PICTURED IN THE SECOND GOOGLE PHOTO. THIS BLOCK FACES THE NEW SCHOOL 34, LOOKING TOWARD DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE. I BELIEVE THE FIRST PHOTO, IS OF THE 1400 BLOCK, LOOKING TOWARD THE BALTIMORE TRANSIT BLDGS, AT THE END OF THE BLOCK. THOSE HOUSES ARE FACING CARROL PARK, WITH THE MONTGOMERY WARD BLDG AT THE END OF THE PARK.