Charleston Memories: Photographic Archive of Vintage Charleston, SC

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Charleston Harbor - Late 1800's

We have loved to take a step back in time and see how generations before us lived their lives in Charleston, SC.? The evolution of our country and the Southeast has taken on so many dimensions, so it is exciting to see images of the past come to life and remind us of the long journey this area has led.? We are thrilled to share more captivating imagery of Charleston, South Carolina’s yesteryear.

Enjoy this expose:

Meeting Street - 1908
Meeting Street – 1908

 

Snow in Charleston (The Battery) – Circa 1899

 

King Street Christmas Eve 1937
King Street Christmas Eve 1937

 

 

King Street 1960
King Street 1960

 

Construction of Cooper River Bridge 1929
Construction of Cooper River Bridge 1929

 

Rainbow Row 1920's
Rainbow Row 1920’s

 

Charleston, SC 1910
Charleston, SC 1910

 

Broad Street 1910
Broad Street 1910

 

Old Market House 1865
Old Market House 1865

 

Civil War soldier
Civil War soldier

 

Slave Family on SC Plantation
Slave Family on SC Plantation

 

Vintage Folly Beach Postcard
Vintage Folly Beach Postcard

 

Charleston Evening Post 1913
Charleston Evening Post 1913

 

Orpheum Theater 1892
Orpheum Theater 1892

 

Photo by Hank Walker 1956 Charleston Bus
Photo by Hank Walker 1956 Charleston Bus

 

Broad Street, Circa 1930's
Broad Street, Charleston, SC

 

Gullah woman, Johns Island, 1950's
Gullah woman, Johns Island, 1950’s

 

Race Track Clubhouse, Charleston 1865
Race Track Clubhouse, Charleston 1865

 

Francis Marion Hotel - Circa 1960's
Francis Marion Hotel – Circa 1960’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charleston, SC Family Photo Album – Turning Back Time

The First Baptist Church of Charleston - Early 1900's
The First Baptist Church of Charleston – Early 1900’s

By Mark A. Leon

Once again, we sprinkle the fair dust and say the ancient prayer for time travel.? If that doesn’t work, we can enjoy the next installment of Charleston, a look back at yesteryear.? We have dug deep and we mean deep in the annuls of time to uncover these historic images of our home.? Enjoy family pictures, postcards and we even slipped in a celebrity high school yearbook pictures.

Remembering Charleston – The Way It Was

Cooper River Bridge Postcard
Cooper River Bridge Postcard

 

Look Closely - Charleston Free Library
Look Closely – Charleston Free Library

 

Succession Hall
Succession Hall

 

Beautiful Black and White of the Old Cooper River Bridge
Beautiful Black and White of the Old Cooper River Bridge

 

Couple Kissing at IOP - 1973
Couple Kissing at IOP – 1973

 

Family at Isle of Palms - 1977
Family at Isle of Palms – 1977

 

Isle of Palms Post Card
Isle of Palms Post Card

 

July 4, 1976 - Isle of Palms
July 4, 1976 – Isle of Palms

 

Morris Island - Civil War
Morris Island – Civil War

 

St. Michael's Church - 1864
St. Michael’s Church – 1864

 

Summerville, SC - 1830's
Summerville, SC – 1930’s

 

Charleston Map Cover Page - 1862
Charleston Map Cover Page – 1862

 

Sweetgrass Vendor
Sweetgrass Vendor

 

Western Sizzlin Ad - 1980's
Western Sizzlin Ad – 1980’s

 

College of Charleston Women - 1920's
College of Charleston Women – 1920’s

 

Willton Bluff Plantation (Charleston County) - 1920's
Willton Bluff Plantation (Charleston County) – 1920’s

 

African American Workers in Charleston - 1879
African American Workers in Charleston – 1879

 

Darius Rucker - High School Yearbook
Darius Rucker – High School Yearbook

 

St. John Hotel - Meeting Street
St. John Hotel – Meeting Street

 

 

 

 

 

Getting to Know Philadelphia Alley

 

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By Minta Pavliscsak

If there is one thing Charleston, South Carolina will never be lacking, it is charm. In historic downtown Charleston, every street, store front, restaurant, park, and even alleyway has a way to make you point and say “awe”. Then, as if an automatic response, your camera is out taking pictures before you even realize it.

Follow us as we take a stroll down Philadelphia Alley and see alleyways as only Charleston knows how to do them.

 

 

This charming alley can be found between Queen Street and Cumberland Street. Often overlooked, Philadelphia Alley is one of the many hidden treasures Charleston offers. Dating back to 1776, Cow’s Alley as it was originally called, was access to rental homes behind Francis Kinloch’s house. He renamed it Kinloch’s Court after he widened it.

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This alley has seen two fires in its lifetime, including the infamous fire of 1796, and another in 1810. Holding true to its name, The City of Brotherly Love stood by Charleston’s side by donating?financially to aid in rebuilding this area in 1811.

 

What a more proper thank you than to forever give this beautiful strip of canopy covered, cobblestone refuge from the heat during the summer months, and the best place to listen to the bells of St. Phillips Church the honor of the name Philadelphia Alley.

 

Many locals refer to this passageway as Dueler’s Alley. Back when gentleman settled their disputes with pistols twenty-one paces away, this alley was the perfect setting in Charleston to do so. One of the most famous stories is of one man’s love and what he did to prove said love. Dr. Joseph Brown Ladd, known as the whistling doctor would eventually meet his demise as a result of a duel with Ralph Isaacs in 1786.

 

Many local ghost tour companies will tell the tale of the Whistling Doctor, and some Charlestonians have even said to have heard faint whistling while walking down the alley alone. Today you will find a tranquil, picturesque setting where each person you meet will pass you by with a friendly smile and nod. So as Robert Frost first suggest, take the road less traveled and be sure to explore Charleston’s only Philadelphia Alley.

 

 

 

 

 

Pitt Street Pharmacy Takes Us Back to a Simpler Time

Story and Photography by Mark A. Leon
Story and Photography by Mark A. Leon

We live in a different time, a post 9/11 time, where skepticism and fear play in the back of our minds.? Apps track the activity of your children, cars are made with more safety features than ever before, schools require ID to enter and cyber stalking and bullying is an every day issue.? We live in a different time.? Life wasn’t always that way.? There was a time when kids would go to the malt shop for a shake and fries and flirt playfully across the counter, curfews were understood, not enforced and youth was about candy, crushes and football games.

There was a time, when safety and crime were reference points in a history book and reserved only for the “big city”.? Small town Americe and suburbs led a life of simplicity and comfort.? Every store was your own personal Cheers where everyone knew your name and knew your family.? It was always about community.? Neighbors helping neighbors and everyone had an open door.

In the heart of old Mount Pleasant, there is still such a place.? Since 1938, residents of Mount Pleasant has entered this small intimate family pharmacy for drugs, supplies, toys, advice, soda pop, milkshakes and burgers.? Before school, after school, a mid day snack or a toothache, Pitt Street Pharmacy has been the neighborhood stop for generations.

Today, that small town family friendly appeal remains where you can get coffee for 50 cents, a large milkshake with real ice cream for $3.25 or an old fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich for $2.50.? It is a place where the traditional values of medicine and family remain.

Let’s walk together on these checkered tiles and for a moment remember those simpler, safer times when community, strong morals and smiles were they way we lived.

 

Welcome to Pitt Street Pharmacy
Welcome to Pitt Street Pharmacy

 

Would you like a seat at the counter?
Would you like a seat at the counter?

 

Maybe you want to etch the name of your sweetheart in the counter top.
Maybe you want to etch the name of your sweetheart in the counter top.

 

Hope you brought spare change.  You won't need much more.
Hope you brought spare change. You won’t need much more.

 

How about an old fashioned soda pop for $1.25
How about an old fashioned soda pop for $1.25

 

Gumdrops or hard candy to compliment
Gumdrops or hard candy to compliment

 

Maybe jelly beans are more your speed
Maybe jelly beans are more your speed

 

Look at the old Campbell's Soup display
Look at the old Campbell’s Soup display

 

Or the classic burger and fries
Or the classic burger and fries

 

Coca Cola is timeless
Coca Cola is timeless

 

The owners support local teams and businesses but they are very Clemson
The owners support local teams and businesses but they are very Clemson

 

Should pick up school supplies while I am here
Should pick up school supplies while I am here

 

And homemade jam
And homemade jam

 

The simplicity of the drug section.  So easy to find what I need
The simplicity of the drug section. So easy to find what I need

 

Original industrialized ingenuity
Original industrialized ingenuity

 

Wonderful display of old pharmacy memorabilia
Wonderful display of old pharmacy memorabilia

If you have never experienced Pitt Street Pharmacy, come for the milkshake and burger, but stay for the ambiance and experience of it all.

 

Journey with us down Longitude Lane – Charleston, SC

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

It is time once again to go on a little journey down the hidden corridors of Charleston, SC history.? Today we are going to make a left off of Church Street as we veer off our southbound trajectory and explore the single lane alleyway known as Longitude Lane.? Located just North of Strolls Lane and situated between Church and Meeting Street, this alley is designed with some of the most beautiful entrance ways and foliage in our city.

Come with me as we explore Longitude Lane

We begin with a strong pillar filled with moss providing a bright green welcoming appeal.? The bring green moss has a haunting and welcoming feel as you turn off the main road and walk down this cobblestone road.

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You will soon be swept away in the beautiful entrance ways of the private residences.

The light blue shutters as color and life to your walk.

Don’t get lost, this curved diversion is leads to a private driveway.

Another chillingly beautiful doorway

Maybe this one is more to your liking.

Number 7 is one of our personal favorites

No Charleston alley would be complete without Palmetto

Sometimes plant life can be the perfect compliment to a fenced in entrance.

What a spectacular garage.

We hope you enjoyed this stroll.? We hope you take time to divert from your walk down the historic Charleston roads and take some quiet time through Longitude Lane.