Frederick Douglass High School

Frederick Douglass High School in 1988

This is a terrific photo we dug up on Flickr. You’re looking at Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore, which was established in 1883. It’s the second-oldest high school in the country created specifically for African-American students. It was...

1935 Map of Baltimore City

This old map of Charm City shows what it looked like in 1935. Click on it for more details.

Baltimore's Business and Government Historic District

What Did Baltimore Look Like in the 1980s?

Here is a series of photos that we foundon Flickr that show Baltimore as it looked in the 1980s. The photos below were taken on November 25th, 1987 Source: National Register of Historic Places

Colored lithograph by E. Sachse & Co., one of two prominent lithography companies in Baltimore in the mid-1800's, that features various views of Baltimore prior to 1853. The center view is from Federal Hill but differs somewhat from others in the collection taken from the same point. From the upper left corner, in clockwise order, the small surrounding views are as follows: Washington Monument, Market-Street, Broadway, City Hotel and Battle Monument, Odd Fellows Hall, St. Paul's Church, Exchange Hotel, Calvert Street City Spring, Lighthouse and Fort McHenry, Gateway of Greenmount Cemetery, The Cathedral, St. Alphonsus Church and Zion's Church. The Market Street scene in upper row is a miniature replica of the Market Street print in this collection, Cator Print number 168. The Odd Fellows Hall at Gay and Fayette Streets was built in 1831 and enlarged in 1843. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, built in 1817 after designs by Robert Cary Long, was destroyed by fire in 1854. It stood on the site of the present St. Paul's Church which was built immediately thereafter. Among the other prominent structures shown, Old Zion Church, St. Alphonsus Church and Greenmount Cemetery gateway are standing today. The view of the harbor was made from the landward side of the Lazaretto.

Look at Baltimore in 1853

Take a look at this print from 1853. It shows the city of Baltimore as it looked 160+ years ago. Source: Digital Maryland

Amazing 1927 Aerial Photograph of Baltimore

How cool is this high-altitude photograph of the city. Click on it for a much larger version and tell us what you see. The details are amazing. Source: Johns Hopkins Sheridan Library

1890s Photo of Centre Market

Here’s a photo that we dug up at the Library of Congress showing some fruits and vegetables being sold at the market. If you look closely enough, you’ll see potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, and apples. Source: Library of Congress If you...

Kennedy in helicopter (1961)

Kennedy Visits Patterson Park in ’62

Maybe a group of you remember this visit? We came across a neat story in The Baltimore Guide detailing an individual’s memories of meeting the President during his 1962 visit to the city. On October 10th, 1962, Kennedy was to...

Front Page News on November 5th, 1963

This was the front page of The Baltimore Sun exactly fifty years ago today. This was a few weeks prior to Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas and we were in the middle of the Cold War.

Baltimore, Maryland. Restaurant sign on Baltimore street (1939)

Fried Scrapple for 15 Cents!

Here’s a cool old photo taken in April of 1939. It shows restaurant signs on Baltimore St. Some pretty good prices! Source: Library of Congress

Visit of President Polk to Baltimore

James K. Polk isn’t exactly the most memorable president. That said, this is an article that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun from June 21st, 1847. Polk was en route to visit Baltimore by train from Washington. Visit of the...

Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1905. "A chestnut vendor." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

The Baltimore Chestnut Vendor

Rich guys on the right. Regular folks on the left. What a fascinating image of the past. Where is this taken?

The Doors Live at the Lyric Theater in 1967

Digging through old newspaper archives, we came across this short piece in The Baltimore Sun from Sunday, October 8th, 1967. The group was to play the Lyric Theater the following Friday. We also shared a post a long time ago...

1910 Map of Central Baltimore

Curious what the city looked like over 100 years ago? Check out this old 1910 map of central Baltimore.