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A blast from the past! These 1950s photos of Malta show just what a gem she was back in the day
What a beauty!

Jillian Mallia

Simply stunning! These photos, shared by local Stephen Camilleri to a Maltese history group on Facebook, are an incredible pot of nostalgia if you ask us! The photos seemingly date back to the early 1950s – a totally different time to what we are used to now.

Among the photos are various local scenes featured, such as a local kappillan walking down the steps of a cathedral, nuns chatting to locals in the street, as well as tankers in the harbour.

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Other photos show quiet, narrow streets with a family’s laundry hanging outside, a local worker looking out at the harbour, as well as a milk vendor guiding his donkey.

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The collection also shows a karozzin driver waiting for his next ride around the city, sailors overlooking the Grand Harbour, and fishing boats docked at the marina.

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Lastly, Valletta’s old City Gate also features in the collection with cars and people passing through. Capuchins friars call also be seen attempting to fish along the water’s edge, while a local relaxes in the shade at the Upper Barrakka with his dog.

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Do you remember Malta like this?

Stephen Camilleri via Malta Vintage History / Facebook

12th September 2021


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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