Malta, early last century
22 pictures

These photos were taken early last century. They provide a glimpse into Maltese culture and architecture, some of which no longer remain. Many thanks to my cousin Robert for filling in the gaps of my knowledge.

The old entrance to Valletta, Il-Putirjial.
Herding goats through the old entrance to Valletta.
Looking back through the old entrance to Valletta.
From the entrance of Valletta, the opera house is on the right.

The old opera house. This was destroyed during WWII.
The old railway ran between Valletta and Rabat.
Wied iz-Zurrieq.
The boat shed at Wied iz-Zurrieq.

Wied iz-Zurrieq before roads were made.
Il mithna tax-Xarrolla.
Il mithna tax-Xarrolla.
Marsaxlokk in the old days.

Portes Des Bombes, in Floriana.
Victoria gate at Valletta, at the vegetable market.
Women washing clothes at Marsaxlokk.
Carts used to spray water on dusty roads.

The old watch tower at Wied iz-Zurrieq.
Wied iz-Zurrieq.
Vittoriosa clock tower. Destroyed during WWII.
Il-Chalet in Sliema.

Looking towards Floriana from Valletta. Buses now terminate in this square.
The war memorial in Floriana. It wasn't blessed because the Catholics and the Protestants fought over it.