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Baltimore in the 1930s

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

Nazi Rally Held at Lehmann Hall on North Howard Street (1935)

This may come as a great shock to you, but before the worst of World War II, a number of locals in Baltimore were supporters of Germany’s Nazi party. It’s almost unfathomable, but Baltimore did have...
Boeing 314 taking off

Yankee Clipper Makes It’s First Transatlantic Flight (1939)

These were the glory days of flying, when you would dress up to get on a plane, and it was a luxurious experience. The glamorous flying boats of Pan Am crossed both the Atlantic and the...
municipal baths - July, 1938

Municipal Baths

Would you go take a bath in this place? Yeesh. Any idea where these buildings are (were)? Source: Library of Congress
Baltimore waterfront

Cool Views of Waterfront in 1938

These are great old photos of the Baltimore waterfront from 1938. Thanks to the Library of Congress for these. Source: Library of Congress
eet in slum area. Baltimore, Maryland

Street Scene in Baltimore Slum

This photo from the Library of Congress is from 1938 and was labeled as a slum area in Baltimore. Any idea where this is? Source: Library of Congress
Baltimore, Maryland. Restaurant sign on Baltimore street (1939)

Fried Scrapple for 15 Cents!

Here’s a cool old photo taken in April of 1939. It shows restaurant signs on Baltimore St. Some pretty good prices! Source: Library of Congress
October 24th, 1938 classifieds

Apartment Listings 75 Years Ago Today

Looking to rent an apartment in Baltimore 75 years ago? Check out these prices from the classifieds section in The Baltimore Sun. Do you see any addresses that you recognize?
Baltimore row houses

Typical Baltimore Row Houses in 1938

This is a good old photo that we dug up at the New York Public Library. Any idea where this is? Source: New York Public Library
Baltimore Amoco gas station between Howard and Centre

Old Amoco Gas Station at Howard and Centre Streets

Here is a photo of a Baltimore Amoco Gas Station in the 1930s. The gas station was located in downtown Baltimore between Howard St. and Centre St.
B&W photograph of the 2900 block of North Calvert St., Baltimore in snow. Most likely taken during the 1920's or 1930's.

1920s View of a Snowy North Calvert Street

Source: Enoch Pratt Library Here’s a cool photo from the 1920s, and it’s something we probably won’t be seeing this winter.
N. Broadway and E. Lombard St.

New Orleans-Like Cast-Iron Balcony

What an amazing old photograph from 1936. The best part is, this building still stands in pretty much the same condition. Maybe better, though the bottom floor is a little ugly today. Source: Library of Congress
Bromo-Seltzer Emerson Tower

Three Stories About Emerson Tower

Similar to an old post we did for Ghosts of DC on the Washington Monument, here’s a post which includes three stories about Baltimore’s Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower. 1. Crushed to death by rack of iron Here’s...
St. Mary's Seminary, Mother Seton's House, 600 North Paca Street, Baltimore (1936)

Mother Seton’s House at St. Mary’s Seminary (1936)

The house is still there, but it looks much cleaner minus the ivy. This is an image from 1936 showing Mother Seton’s House at St. Mary’s Seminary back in 1936. And here is the same house...
Historic American Buildings Survey E. H. Pickering, Photographer July 1936 VIEW FROM STREET - 1621 Thames Street (House), Fell's Point, Baltimore, Independent City, MD

Photo of 1621 Thames Street in 1936

Times sure were different back then. This is what Thames St. looked like in the midst of the Great Depression. Source: Library of Congress  
Baltimore 1938

Wow … Incredible Colorized Photo of Boy in Slums (1938)

Source: Jordan Lloyd And here’s a link to the original.
Historic American Buildings Survey E. H. Pickering, Photographer September 1936 - Lee & South Charles Street (Brick Row Houses), Baltimore

What Lee and Charles St. Looked Like in 1936

The intersection looked very different in 1936. This is an awesome photo that we dug up at the Library of Congress. Source: Library of Congress
July 1938. "Rear of grocery store in Baltimore." Only hinting at the delights that await within. Medium format nitrate negative by John Vachon.

Countless Soda Ads (1938)

This is a photo of the back of and old grocery in 1938. Source: Shorpy
July 1938. "Man who lives in row house. Baltimore, Maryland." Walkies, anyone? Photo by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration.

Fat Guy and Little Dog

What an amazing photo. Too many bowls of spaghetti for this dude. Sweet pipe though. Source: Shorpy