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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Inside Track: 1943

Inside Track: 1943

April 1943. Baltimore, Maryland. "Trucks and trains unloading goods underneath elevated trolley." Medium format negative by Marjory Collins. View full size.

 

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Below is the same view from July of 2014.

Not So Pleasant Street

About two blocks west of JellyBelly's location map is an infamous hill known to many a teenager and adult of mid-century Baltimore.

In the 40's and 50's before the Maryland DMV moved to Glen Burnie if you lived in Baltimore the driving tests were taken on the streets of Baltimore with real traffic and not in a fenced in trafficless parking lot.

The terror and bane of all aspiring drivers came when the Tester told you to make a left off of Guilford onto Pleasant and go up to St Paul Street and make a right.

Sounds simple now but in those days most cars were gear shifts and not automatics.

Back then there was a stop sign at the top of Pleasant instead of a light thus you had to come to a complete stop and look for traffic coming your way, change gears while alternately playing with the clutch and gas pedals so you wouldn't stall out or drift back too far or go ahead into the cross traffic.

Fortunately DMV had moved when my driving test time came and I didn't have to worry about that hill and it's been so long since I have had to shift gears I'm not sure if I could pass that test now with out a lot of practice.

Baltimore Terminal Warehouse

The building on the left that survives is the Baltimore Terminal Warehouse, which was built in 1894 with an addition in 1912.

The Guilord Avenue Elevated Railway

Began at Guilford Ave. and Chase Street and ended at Guilford Ave. and Saratoga Street. That was a distance of 8 blocks. The line was discontinued in 1947 and razed. The photo is of the intersection of East Pleasant St. and Guilford Ave. Here is a present day street view of that intersection. The building on the left survives and has been converted into storage units.

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