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Baltimore in the 1930s

What was 1930s Baltimore like? Great photos and stories from Baltimore in the 1930s.

1935 Map of Baltimore City

This old map of Charm City shows what it looked like in 1935. Click on it for more details.

Where Are These Row Houses?

Help us figure out where these row houses sit today? Or, if they no longer stand. We uncovered these lovely photos at the Library of Congress. These images are from Baltimore in April 1939.
Introducing Baltimore's new trackless trolley with vest pocket guide to the Caroline-Preston-Gilmor St. no. 21 line, in effect, March 6, 1938

Vest Pocket Guide to Baltimore’s New Trackless Trolley

Introducing Baltimore's new trackless trolley with vest pocket guide to the Caroline-Preston-Gilmor St. no. 21 line, in effect, March 6, 1938

Imperial Airways Flying Boat Over Baltimore in 1937

We love old photos of airplanes flying over Charm City. Take a look at this one from November 17th, 1937 showing Imperial Airways‘ flying boat over the city. Imperial Airways was a British long-range airline, operating...
Baltimore from the sky in 1932

Baltimore Seen From the Sky in 1920

This great detailed image shows Baltimore back in 1932, July 7th to be specific. Source: National Archives
1939 view of Baltimore

Where Is This in 1939 Baltimore?

Do you recognize this view of Baltimore? Add your comments below and if you can get the same Google Street View perspective from today, share that as well. Source: Library of Congress Looking closely at the...
Photo shows cafe at 626 E. Baltimore Street and store at 628 E. Baltimore Street (Source: Baltimore Sun, Nov. 27, 1939, p. 14)

Check Out East Baltimore Street in 1939

This cool old photo shows the 600 block of East Baltimore Street back in April of 1939. Click on it to see more details. Source: Library of Congress Here is the same view today on Google...
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
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
B&W photograph of the tip-off to a basketball game played as part of National Youth Administration recreation program, Baltimore, ca. 1935.

1935 Youth Recreational Basketball

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