Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.
Baltimore's Business and Government Historic District

Here is a series of photos that we fond on Flickr that show Baltimore as it looked in the 1980s. The photos below were taken on November 25th, 1987 Source: National Register of Historic Places

Al Packer Ford, Baltimore, MD, 1964

This is an old photo of Al Packer's Ford Dealership in 1964. The company still exists, though I'm not sure they're still at the same location. They currently have a location in White Marsh. Source: Bill Cook

View of the corner of Baltimore and Liberty Streets. It was named McLane Place for Robert McClane, who was mayor of Baltimore at the time of great 1904 fire, and subsequently committed suicide. The name change did not last, and the location is now the crossing of Baltimore and Liberty Streets again. The monument to the left is that of John Mifflin Hood (1843-1906), a lieutenant in the Confederate Army, later president of Western Maryland Railroad (1874-1902). The sculpture was relocated to Preston Gardens in 1963. The store on the right is Baltimore Bargain House (later American Wholesale Corporation), a firm established by Jacob Epstein (1864-1945). Also in view is an early billboard advertisement boasting, "Pays to advertise with electric signs. Get yours now."

Check out this great old postcard of Baltimore from 1914. It shows what was then called McLane Place, now the intersection of Baltimore and Liberty Streets. It was named for former mayor of Baltimore, Robert McLane. He was mayor during the Great Fire of 1904 and helped guide the city through those dark times of recovery. Source: Digital Maryland Take a look at what the corner looks like today on Google Maps. The young mayor was just four months into helping the recovery effort when he committed suicide. The city lost a wonderful and vivacious leader, and his death was under very questionable circumstances. There's an interesting article at the Baltimore Sun about this that you should read.

Colored lithograph by E. Sachse & Co., one of two prominent lithography companies in Baltimore in the mid-1800's, that features various views of Baltimore prior to 1853. The center view is from Federal Hill but differs somewhat from others in the collection taken from the same point. From the upper left corner, in clockwise order, the small surrounding views are as follows: Washington Monument, Market-Street, Broadway, City Hotel and Battle Monument, Odd Fellows Hall, St. Paul's Church, Exchange Hotel, Calvert Street City Spring, Lighthouse and Fort McHenry, Gateway of Greenmount Cemetery, The Cathedral, St. Alphonsus Church and Zion's Church. The Market Street scene in upper row is a miniature replica of the Market Street print in this collection, Cator Print number 168. The Odd Fellows Hall at Gay and Fayette Streets was built in 1831 and enlarged in 1843. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, built in 1817 after designs by Robert Cary Long, was destroyed by fire in 1854. It stood on the site of the present St. Paul's Church which was built immediately thereafter. Among the other prominent structures shown, Old Zion Church, St. Alphonsus Church and Greenmount Cemetery gateway are standing today. The view of the harbor was made from the landward side of the Lazaretto.

Take a look at this print from 1853. It shows the city of Baltimore as it looked 160+ years ago. Source: Digital Maryland

Photograph that features a view of Baltimore Street west of Hanover Street on Baltimore before the fire of 1904. Conspicuous landmarks are the Continental Building, now the Mercantile Trust Company, and the business house of Armstrong Cator & Co. west of Charles Street.

Here is an old image of Baltimore street from around 1900. Source: Digital Maryland This was also cross-posted on Cool Old Photos.

B&W photograph of the tip-off to a basketball game played as part of National Youth Administration recreation program, Baltimore, ca. 1935.

This is one of those great photos of regular life in Baltimore. It shows a group of young men getting ready for tip-off in a game of basketball in 1935. Source: Enoch Pratt Free Library

Lubins Theatre

Here is a beautiful old photo of the Lubins Theatre, which I believe is on the 400 block of East Baltimore St. You can read a little more about it here and here. Source: Library of Congress Here is the Google Street View today.

Looking north from Washington Monument, Baltimore, Md

Check out this beautiful view from the Washington Monument. Source: Library of Congress

Baltimore waterfront

Here's a great series of photos of the Baltimore waterfront from the early 20th century. Source: Library of Congress

Street scene showing Light Street at Lombard Street, Baltimore. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company Collection. Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, 8x10 glass, Box 3. Note: Reference photograph.

This is a cool old photo showing the intersection of Light and Lombard Streets in 1905. Here is the same intersection today.

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