It’s hard to imagine what life was like 80 years ago in the Old Line State. Development, inventions, and population continues to rise and Maryland looks insanely different than it did in decades past. Take a look at the following images to get a glimpse of what every small town in Maryland had in the 1930s.
1. A Barber Shop
The shops were small, and the barber was likely known by everyone in town. (Berwyn, 1937)
2. A Post Office
When was the last time you visited a post office? In the 1930s, it was a must for keeping in touch. (Berwyn, 1937)
3. Swimming Holes
Not many people had access to a pool decades ago,
so local lakes (and the Chesapeake Bay!) were go-to spots on a summer day.
Maryland's prime industry was farming and thankfully, we still hold onto those roots.
(Garrett County, 1935)
5. A General Store
Forget the big chain grocery stores. In the 1930s, folks purchased all necessities at one general store. (Garrett County, 1935)
6. A Blacksmith
There weren't many mass-production factories so blacksmiths were in high demand, handcrafting intricate household items and fixtures. (Prince Georges County, 1935)
7. Dirt Roads
Rustic dirt roads were the norm and they were just as dusty as they look. (Garrett County, 1936)
8. A Pharmacy
Pharmacies were much more simple,
offering basic remedies and first aid supplies.
9. A Train Station
While cars were around,
trains were still the main source of transportation.
Some of these historic train stations still remain around the state.
Before dryers, there was the awkwardness of hanging underwear for all the neighbors to see. (Greenbelt, 1937)