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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

In this November 1950 picture Kniesche show a nighttime picture of the 3400 block of Eastern Avenue looking west in Highlandtown. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

1950s Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown

This photo shows Highlandtown way back in 1950. You're looking at the 3400 block of Eastern Ave. Click on it for some amazing details. Here's...
The Backus Motor Co. Welcome Wagon. I’m assuming that this represents the Backus Water Motor Co. but I’m not sure. I also believe that this is in Baltimore given the plates on the cars are from Maryland.

Where Is This in 1930s Baltimore?

Can you identify where this is in Baltimore? It's from the early 1930s. Source: Flickr user Gordon Morales
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...
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:...
200 block of S. Caroline St. in 1940

What Did 1940s Baltimore Look Like?

Here's a photo of Baltimore from June 8th, 1940. You're looking at the 200 block of S. Caroline St., north of Gough and south...
Fort Federal Hill in Baltimore. Composite of four views - from the east, interior, from the south, and from the west. (1862)

What Did Fort Federal Hill Look Like in 1862?

Here's an old print from the Civil War showing several views of Fort Federal Hill. Source: Library of Congress
Maryland circa 1903. "Baltimore from Federal Hill." Along with a word from our sponsor. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

Downtown Baltimore Seen From Federal Hill in 1903

This beautiful photo from 1903 shows the city as seen from Federal Hill. Source: Shorpy
"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...
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

Downtown Baltimore in the 1940s

This is what Baltimore looked like some time in the 1940s. The first one below is labeled Guilford and Fayette. Source: Flickr user Kevin Mueller This...
Baltimore's Business and Government Historic District

What Did Baltimore Look Like in the 1980s?

Here is a series of photos that we fond on Flickr that show Baltimore as it looked in the 1980s. The photos below were...
Al Packer Ford, Baltimore, MD, 1964

Al Packer Ford Dealership in 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...
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."

Corner of Baltimore and Liberty Streets in 1914

Check out this great old postcard of Baltimore from 1914. It shows what was then called McLane Place, now the intersection of Baltimore and...
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.

Look at Baltimore in 1853

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