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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Remember old Baltimore? These are photos and stories showing the faces and places of yesterday. Get ready to be nostalgic for old Charm City.

Pigtown in 1920

1920s Film Footage of Pigtown

This is an incredible old film showing Baltimore’s Pigtown in the 1920s
Frederick Douglass High School

Frederick Douglass High School in 1988

This is a terrific photo we dug up on Flickr. You’re looking at Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore, which was established in 1883. It’s the second-oldest high school in the country created specifically for...

1853 Towson Town Plan

Map dated Dec. 14, 1853 which shows proposed lots for a courthouse, jail and alms house in Towson Town, Md., if it is chosen as the county seat of Baltimore County by the voters.

1870 Photograph of Baltimore Harbor

This is one of the best old photos we’ve come across. Click on it for an incredibly detailed image. It’s just stunning. Source: Library of Congress
1943 Elevated streetcar of Baltimore

Elevated Streetcar of Baltimore in 1943

This cool old image of Baltimore shows an elevated streetcar. Source: Library of Congress From my Googling around, it looks like this is near the 200 block of Guilford Ave. What do you think? Take a...
An aerial view of what is now considered the Inner Harbor shot October 20, 1948. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

1948 View of Baltimore Harbor

Check out this great photo of Baltimore Harbor from the fall of 1948.
"Row houses, Baltimore, June 1940." Medium format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration

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

Mayor D’Alesandro Protests Suburban Virginia Airport for D.C. (1949)

This is a great post that we’re sharing on our sister site, Ghosts of DC. Airline traffic was getting too heavy for National Airport to handle by the end of the 1940s. The region’s second airport...
6th Massachusetts bivouacked in Monument Sq.

Civil War Soldiers at Monument Square

Here’s a terrific old photograph from the Civil War. It shows the 6th Massachusetts Regiment. Source: Library of Congress
Baltimore Medical College (1908)

Baltimore Medical College in 1908

This is a great old image of the Baltimore Medical College as it looked in 1908. Source: National Institutes of Medicine