Flashback: a 1995 photograph of the large vacant storefront formerly occupied by the F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10 store on Congress Street in downtown Portland, shortly before the building was renovated for an L.L. Bean outlet store.

Press Herald archive photo by Jack Milton/Staff Photographer

Downtown Portland’s Congress Street in the 1990s was decidedly less vibrant than it is today. This 1995 photograph from the Press Herald print archives shows the large vacant storefront formerly occupied by the F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10 store shortly before the building was renovated for an L.L. Bean outlet store.

The same building, shown below on July 29, 2015, has been home to Reny’s since 2011.

Flashback: Reny's on Congress Street in July 2015.

Jill Brady/Staff Photographer

The Portland Room of the Portland Public Library is in the process of organizing and conserving the archival collection of original Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram and Evening Express photographic negatives — a major collection that spans from 1937 to 2005. Find more photos at www.pressherald.com/flashback/.