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Baltimore in the 1950s

What was 1950s Baltimore like? Great photos and stories from Baltimore in the 1950s.

In 1950, the city’s population topped out at 950,000 people, of whom 24 percent were black. Then the white movement to the suburbs began in earnest, and the population inside the city limits steadily declined and became proportionately more black.

The Catonsville Junction was the terminus for the Baltimore Traction Company's streetcar lines 8, 9, and 14. On this 1950s summer day, a light grey over pencil-yellow Pullman-built PCC (Presidential Car Commission) streetcar departs southbound on the private, quarter mile right-of-way that emptied onto Frederick Road and continued eastward into the city of Baltimore. The little Belgian block gabled structure on the right is still there today, as are the houses in the center rear. The Amoco structure has been replaced by a modern Seven-Eleven convenience store.

Catonsville Junction in the 1950s

This is an excellent old photo of Catonsville Junction, the terminus of the old Baltimore Traction Company’s streetcar lines. Source: Shorpy
Fallsway 1950s

Downtown at Fallsway in the 1950s

What a cool photo. We dug this one up on Flickr. Source: petespix75

Then and Now: Intersection of Fulton, Hollins, and Frederick in 1954

Check out the 1954 image of this intersection … Source: Flickr user hoteldennis
Maryland Casualty clock tower in the distance (1950s)

The Maryland Casualty Clock Tower

Is there something so identifiable with a city that, when you visit, you just have to see it? Such as New York and the Statue of Liberty or Philadelphia and the William Penn statue. See the...
1958 MLB All-Start game

1958 MLB All-Star Game at Memorial Stadium

The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held in Baltimore was in 1958, four seasons after the Orioles arrived in town. The American League came out on top 4-3 that game, on July 8th,...

Pan Am’s First Passenger Jet to Europe (1958)

This is a cross-post from Ghosts of DC. Aviation has a strong history in the Washington area. Following on the heels of our last aeronautical first (Concorde at Dulles), here is another first for the region...