Baltimore history

The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

N. Broadway and E. Lombard St.

Then and Now

New Orleans-Like Cast-Iron Balcony

What an amazing old photograph from 1936. The best part is, this building still stands in pretty much the same condition. Maybe better, though the bottom floor is a little ugly today. Source: Library...

1970 BPD Ford

Other Cool Stuff

1970 Baltimore Police Department

Check out this retro photo of a 1970 Baltimore Police Department car. Source: Flickr user COPCAR1

1426-1446 East Baltimore Street (Commercial Buildings), Baltimore, Independent City, MD

Then and Now

Photos of 1400 Block of East Baltimore Street

The street below had seen better days when these photos were taken. Here is that same block today on Google Street View. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1426+east+baltimore+st+baltimore&layer=c&sll=39.291658,-76.597602&cbp=13,58.35,,0,-7.05&cbll=39.291394,-76.598063&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1426+E+Baltimore+St,+Baltimore,+Maryland+21231&ll=39.291658,-76.597602&spn=0.005489,0.011362&t=m&z=14&iwloc=A&panoid=CZYWETWUOia1GJxk2dOVNQ&source=embed&output=svembed]

Notable People & Places

Elvis Presley Concert at Baltimore Civic Center (1977)

Elvis Presley came to Baltimore in 1977. See great old photos and a video of his performance.

Baltimore map from 1978

We Love Maps

Neighborhoods Map Baltimore in 1978

This is a cool map from 1978. It shows the neighborhoods of the city. Source: Johns Hopkins

1948 Baltimore police

1948 Baltimore Police Car

This is a cool old photo that we dug up on Flickr. It shows a 1948 Chevy BPD police car. Source: Flickr

Maryland Historical Society - April 4th, 1844

Old Ads & Classifieds

April 4th, 1844: Maryland Historical Society Meeting

The Maryland Historical Society is going to love this (BTW, we love them). We were digging through some really old issues of the Baltimore Sun and came across this small classified. This was the April...

Black and White lithograph after William James Bennett Dimensions: 16 ” x 24″ Maker: unrecorded example attributed to William James Bennett (1787 – 1844) Date: Ca.1831

In the Paper

A Mysterious Cavern Appears on Federal Hill

Source: Christopher H. Jones Check out this interesting article that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun. The piece was written on March 3rd, 1838. Mysterious Cavern–Walking a few days ago near Federal Hill...

1943 Baltimore trackless trolley

Trackless Trolley to Roland Park

Check out this great photograph from 1943. It shows a group of people getting ready to board the trackless trolley to Roland Park. Source: Library of Congress

Then and Now

Then and Now: Intersection of Fulton, Hollins, and Frederick in 1954

Check out the 1954 image of this intersection … Source: Flickr user hoteldennis

1881 map of Baltimore

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1882 map of Baltimore With New Wards

Check out this cool map we dug up in the Johns Hopkins archives. It’s an 1882 map of the city outlining the new wards and precincts. Source: Johns Hopkins

Guest Posts, Old Ads & Classifieds

Dr. Bull’s Cough Syrup Ads

Here are some ads from Dr. Bull’s Cough Syrup. Baltimore drug manufacturer, August Vogeler, acquired the medical compounds of Rev. Dr. Bull in 1873. Dr. Bull’s medicine included cough syrup, a blood mixture, pain...

German U-Boat Deutschland (1916)

The Best Of

German U-Boat Deutschland Arrives in Baltimore (1916)

This is a pretty interesting piece of history. In July 1916, the German Merchant Marine U-Boat Deutschland arrived in Baltimore. Source: Kevin Mueller The submarine Deutschland arrived in port on July 9th, 1916, with...

Camp Belger, Baltimore, M'd. : 114th Regt. New York S. Volunteers--Col. Elisha B. Smith, Lieut. Col. Sam. R. Per Lee, Major Henry B. Morse.

Camp Belger in 1862

Here’s a drawing that we dug up at the Library of Congress showing Camp Belger during the Civil War, in 1862. Source: Library of Congress

Ford ads from October 16th, 1983

Old Ads & Classifieds

Ford Ads the Day the O’s Won the World Series

We posted a video from the last out of the 1983 World Series a short time ago. Now, here are some ads from the day we closed out the Phillies. You could buy a...

Oriole cafeteria map of Baltimore (1947)

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Oriole Map of Baltimore in 1947

These are two interesting items that we found in the Johns Hopkins archive. No, these aren’t Baltimore Orioles baseball maps. There used to be a few Oriole Cafeterias in the city between 1922 and...

advertisement for the American Radiator Company - September 11th, 1913

Old Ads & Classifieds

Old Ad for American Radiator Company

How about one final advertisement for this Thursday? Here’s a cool old advertisement that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun from 1913.

Maryland Casualty clock tower in the distance (1950s)

Featured, Guest Posts

The Maryland Casualty Clock Tower

Is there something so identifiable with a city that, when you visit, you just have to see it? Such as New York and the Statue of Liberty or Philadelphia and the William Penn statue....

National Brewing Company advertisement

Old Ads & Classifieds

National Brewing Company of Baltimore

Who doesn’t love Natty Boh in Baltimore? Check out this old (and verbose) advertisement from the Baltimore Sun, printed on Tuesday, August 1st, 1944. And, for some historical context, D-Day was just seven weeks prior.

Bromo-Seltzer Emerson Tower

Three Things ...

Three Stories About Emerson Tower

Similar to an old post we did for Ghosts of DC on the Washington Monument, here’s a post which includes three stories about Baltimore’s Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower. 1. Crushed to death by rack of...