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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

1890s Photo of Centre Market

Here's a photo that we dug up at the Library of Congress showing some fruits and vegetables being sold at the market. If you...
In October of 1963 Number 8 street cars still were a familiar sight in Towson. But soon they would be replaced by buses. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

Streetcars in Towson Back in 1963

This great old photo shows the old streetcars of Baltimore running through Towson back in October of 1963. A short one month later, President...
B&W photo of Preston Gardens in Baltimore, MD, ca. 1935. Shows green space that was restored by WPA workers

Preston Gardens in 1935

Check out this great old photograph that we found on Flickr. It shows Preston Gardens in 1935. Source: Pratt Library

The Aurora Theatre in 1953

This is a view of the Aurora Theatre sometime in the 1950s. And, after doing a little digging, we see that The Tall Texan, with...
Catonsville Junction, 1910. Rudolph Diehlmann poses before his lunchroom establishment. While crying out for some landscaping, the site's amenities include a pay phone. Tracks on the left are the Baltimore Traction Company's No. 14 streetcar line, pointing east toward Baltimore.

Rudolph Diehlmann’s Lunchroom in Catonsville

We looked up Diehlmann in the 1920 U.S. Census and it had him living on Smithwood Ave., probably near the today's intersection with Edmondson...

1905 Post of Hopkins Student Playing Lacrosse

Here's a really old poster that we dug up on the Library of Congress site. Source: Library of Congress
Complete circle view of Baltimore from the Emerson Tower in 1913

Wow! 360-Degree View of Baltimore from Emerson Tower (1913)

This is amazing ... just as cool as the 360-degree view of Civil War D.C. from the Capitol Dome. It's a full 360-degree panorama...
Pigtown in 1920

Amazing Old Photo of Pigtown (c. 1920)

Now this is really cool, and you can see how the neighborhood received its name. Pigs! Anyone recognize where this is? Source: Mike Copperthite
Washington Monument from Federal Hill

Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore

This is a photo of the Helen Delich Port located along the Patapsco River. This photo of the port, one of largest in the...

August 1962 Film Footage of Yankees vs. Orioles

We dug up this really cool clip of the Yankees playing the Orioles on YouTube. The caption says this is from August 25th, 1962. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIhsQlpQ3F0 Here's...
This double-ended, 1918 vintage Baltimore Traction Company Brill streetcar has just begun its in-bound journey from Ellicott City, Maryland, heading east to Baltimore on the No. 9 line. Positioned here at 8304 Main Street, car 5706 is about to plunge down a fairly steep grade (about 5%) that bottoms out at the Patapsco River crossing seen here. It must climb a longer but less arduous slope on the other side.

Ellicott City Trolley (1955)

Here are a couple cool old photos that we dug up on Shorpy. It's a vintage 1910s streetcar running in 1955. Source: Shorpy Source: Shorpy
Baltimore in 1837

What Baltimore Looked Like in 1837

This is pretty cool. It's a drawing that we dug up at the Library of Congress, showing Baltimore as it looked back in 1837. Source:...
First Methodist Episcopal Church (Lovely Lane United Methodist Church) Collection: A. D. White Architectural Photographs, Cornell University Library

First Methodist Episcopal Church in 1887

Here's a beautiful old photograph from 1887 of the First Methodist Episcopal Church. Today, it's called Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. Source: Cornell University Flickr
Baltimore streetcars

Cool Video of Baltimore Streetcars in 1960

At it's peak in 1929, Baltimore's streetcar system had over 400 miles of track. Sadly, like all great American cities, the system was shut...