Faces & Places of Yesterday

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 African-American students. It was...

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 look at the Google...

100 block of E. Pratt St. in 1908

What Did East Pratt Street Look Like in 1908?

We found this great old image of East Pratt St. online the other day. Check it out and click on it for more details. Source: Digital Maryland Here’s the view today, which is completely different. [iframe src=”https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1459301436304!6m8!1m7!1sNemzd48f4gqGF-alrkc2cg!2m2!1d39.2865614902823!2d-76.61323590626245!3f82.38357737648062!4f-5.071646862085828!5f0.7820865974627469″ width=”800″ height=”600″ frameborder=”0″...

"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. [iframe src=”https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1442712979804!6m8!1m7!1sqfGw6KWQ0-lYDRHLYd5iCg!2m2!1d39.279646864401!2d-76.63668428757151!3f2.888753771276317!4f1.9011925396850842!5f0.7820865974627469″ width=”800″ height=”600″ frameborder=”0″ style=”border:0″ allowfullscreen]