My grandmother lived on the top floor. We had long
steps down to the street and a nice porch to sit out on and play on. It was
great for a kid in that neighborhood since I always had lots of friends and
I would play a lot in the back alley. Also, there was a woods in back of the
house, and in those good-old-days, a child could play in the woods without
fear. Yes, we did actually leave the doors unlocked often.
I can’t remember the name of the store, but I loved to go to a corner
drugstore within walking distance and buy comic books. For recreation, we
also used to go to Hanlon Park and I still remember a very very high (It
seemed to me at the time) sliding board that used to really scare me. Also,
I really liked flying kites in the park.
I also liked going to Druid Hill park and walk around Druid Lake.
Another enjoyment was going to Walbrook to see a movie.
Later, my family moved out to Baltimore County in Villa Nova off of
Liberty Road. I went to then Milford Mill High School. I dated someone who lived
on Rogers Avenue in Pimlico. The big night out might involve driving up and
down Pimlico Road showing off the “hot cars” while listening to the Big Booper
on radio, going to a drive-in eating place, going bowling or going to a
drive in movie.
My friend and I used to walk down to Liberty Road to a Soda
Fountainat then Crest Pharmacy
and listen to the jukebox. That was a big deal then.
I had gone then to Gwynn Oak Park for a special day out and also I remember
really liking Carlin’s Ice Skating Rink.
A major shopping trip was going downtown to Howard and Lexington to Hutzlers,
Stewarts, Hoschild Kohn, The May Company, etc. All the big stores were there
and the sidewalks would crowded. When the lights, changed, everyone walked
in all different directions. There were no malls then. Lexington Market
wasn’t too far away to go to for great for fresh meat and produce.
It is sad to remember those better times in Baltimore and I think
the main deterioration since then is from the increase in crime. I used to walk
everywhere then. I wouldn’t do that anymore. In so many ways, those were
“the good ole days” Still, one tends to forget that there were a lot of
negative factors then and a lot of prejudices that people just accepted and
took for granted. I am very glad that people are more enlightened these