Baltimore history

The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

"Baltimore Fire of 1904. General view of South Baltimore." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

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Evening Photo Share: 1904 Baltimore Fire Devastation

We haven’t posted an evening photo in a while, so if you’re at happy hour (still), or resting on the couch at home, here’s an interesting and sad photo for you to get lost...

Baltimore Harbor view. Gay Street dock from Federal Hill, Baltimore. Attributed to Henry H. Clark. Full plate daguerreotype. Shows ships Herald and Juniata, Merchant's Exchange building (demolished ca. 1901-1902), and Second Reformed Church.

Baltimore Harbor View in the 1840s

This is what Baltimore’s harbor looked like in the 1840s. It’s a pretty amazing view. Source: Maryland Historical Society

Orioles fans in 1966

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Orioles Win the Pennant in 1966

Here’s a great photo from the glory days of the Orioles. It shows a group of people celebrating the O’s winning the 1966 American League pennant … on the way to a 4-0 World...

August 1962 Film Footage of Yankees vs. Orioles

We dug up this really cool clip of the Yankees playing the Orioles on YouTube. The caption says this is from August 25th, 1962. Here’s the box score from that day. Oh, and if...

shoe store advertisement

Old Ads & Classifieds

Cheapest Shoe Store in the City

Here’s another great advertisement that we dug up, this time from January 8th, 1844 in the Baltimore Sun. The shoe store was located at Eutaw and Lexington St.

Maryland National Bank

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Remember the Maryland National Bank Building?

In the days before the magic of green screens and Doppler weather forecasting, people with a view of the Baltimore skyline had another method for determining the next day’s weather – the color-changing letters...

Baltimore Sun headline - 1963

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Police Find Decapitated Woman’s Body

Jeez, this is gruesome. Here’s a crazy article that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun from May 27th, 1963. Police early yesterday found the decapitated body of a woman stuffed in a trunk...

Baltimore Sun advertisement 1850

Old Ads & Classifieds

Ad for Steamship to Panama and on to California (1850)

Below is an interesting advertisement that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun, printed on Tuesday, October 8th, 1850. The ad is for the steamship Cherokee, commanded by Henry Windle, departing in a few...

Cal Ripken Jr. high school photo - 1978

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O’s No. 2 Draft Pick, Ripken, Fans 17 in 1978 Championship

Here’s a really cool article from the days before Cal Ripken Jr. as an Oriole. This article was printed on June 8th, 1978 Largo–Just one day after being chosen in major league baseball’s free-agent...

St. Mary's Seminary, Mother Seton's House, 600 North Paca Street, Baltimore (1936)

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Mother Seton’s House at St. Mary’s Seminary (1936)

The house is still there, but it looks much cleaner minus the ivy. This is an image from 1936 showing Mother Seton’s House at St. Mary’s Seminary back in 1936. And here is the...

Old Ads & Classifieds

Baltimore Sun Ads the Day Pearl Harbor Was Attacked

We always find the juxtaposition of normalcy within the context of historical events fascinating. We wrote a post quite some time ago about life in D.C. the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by the...

ad for carriages, wagons, etc

Old Ads & Classifieds

Advertisement for Carriages, Wagons, Etc.

Need a carriage from a local Baltimore dealer? Here’s an ad you would have seen in the Baltimore Sun on December 22nd, 1890.

Roland Park plan

Historical Trivia

Roland Park: Most Fashionable and Pretentious Suburb

What is the history of Roland Park near Baltimore, Maryland? Take a look at some of the early neighborhood plans from the 1900s.

The Oriental Massage Parlor

Old Ads & Classifieds

The Oriental Massage Parlor

Now this is where you wanted to go and get a massage back in 1923. Here’s an old ad from the Baltimore Sun promoting a massage parlor on Mulberry St.

1912 bird's-eye view of Baltimore

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Incredibly Detailed 1912 Bird’s-Eye View of Baltimore

Wow … you gotta love this one. It’s a drawing of Baltimore published by Norman T.A. Munder & Co. in 1912. If you like this, check out UrbanYore on Etsy. They have a couple...

Peabody Institute in 1902

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Photo of the Peabody Institute in 1902

Here is a great old photo from 1902 of the Peabody Institute. Source: Library of Congress

B&O Railroad Warehouse

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A Video of the Area Before Camden Yards

We posted some cool old photos of the area during construction last week. Here's a great video that we dug up from around the same time.

1958 MLB All-Start game

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1958 MLB All-Star Game at Memorial Stadium

The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held in Baltimore was in 1958, four seasons after the Orioles arrived in town. The American League came out on top 4-3 that game, on...

1872 National Democratic Convention ticket

Historical Events

Ticket for the 1872 National Democratic Convention

This is really cool. It’s an old ticket for the 1872 National Democratic Convention in Baltimore.

Trash and Old Tires Litter the Shore at the Middle Branch of Baltimore Harbor, 01/1973.

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This is What Baltimore Harbor Looked Like in 1973

This is bleak. Times were tough in the 1970s. Here’s a shot of what Baltimore Harbor looked like in 1973. Source: U.S. National Archives