Baltimore history

The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

Baltimore Orioles player Cal Ripken autographs a baseball bat for President Clinton after Ripken broke the consecutive game streak at 2,131 games. 9/6/95.

Historical Events

Cal Ripken and Bill Clinton at Game 2,131

This is a historic moment. Ripken is signing a bat for the President Clinton after he broke Gehrig’s record. Source: U.S. National Archives

Man with a derby hat stands atop a mound of oyster shells outside the C. H. Pearson & Company oyster cannery, Baltimore. Workers bring wheel- barrows of shells from the factory to the heap. ca. 1890.

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Great Photo of Oyster Cannery in 1890

Source: U.S. National Archives This is a great old photo that we found on the National Archives’ site. It shows the old C.H. Pearson & Company cannery around 1890.

Featured, Notable People & Places

5-Year-Old Babe Ruth’s Family in the 1900 Census

This is a really cool find. It shows the Ruth family, living at 339 South Woodyear St. in Baltimore, back in 1900. Ruth Sr. at the time was a lightning rod salesman. It’s tiny,...

Lost History

Stanley Theatre on Howard Street in 1933

We came across this gem on Flickr, and it’s a terrific one. It appears to be a photograph from the 1930s, showing the Auditorium and Stanley Theatres on Howard Street. The Stanley was at...

Baltimore, Maryland. Looking toward Logan Field and Sparrow Point.

1935 Aerial Photo of Baltimore

This is a terrific photo, especially if you click on it for a larger version. Just amazing the level of detail. The photo was taken on June 18th, 1935. Make sure to like this...

The Aurora Theatre in 1953

This is a view of the Aurora Theatre sometime in the 1950s. And, after doing a little digging, we see that The Tall Texan, with Lloyd Bridges — the Big Lebowski’s real life dad —...

Notable People & Places

Babe Ruth’s 1920 Passport Application

How cool is this? What a great find on Ancestry.com. We came across the Bambino’s 1920 application for a passport that fall, because he was traveling to Cuba to play in some barnstorming games....

three Baltimore Black Sox

Other Cool Stuff

Negro League’s Baltimore Black Sox

This is a terrific photo that we found on the Internet, but unfortunately it wasn’t labeled with a date. Anyone out there know when this was taken or who these three ballplayers are?

Smithwood Avenue branches off to the right while Edmondson Avenue slopes uphill on the left heading east toward the city of Baltimore. In addition to automobile traffic, Edmondson Avenue at the time accommodated the Baltimore Traction Company No. 14 trolley line. A junction for three rail lines was located immediately behind the photographer's vantage point. These houses still exist, albeit with vinyl siding applied over the handsome cedar shingles. Oh, and the streets have since been paved. Photo taken about 1925

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Story Behind a 1925 Catonsville Home

This is a beautiful old photograph from 1925 showing a home in Catonsville. And, it’s one that makes you wonder who the people are. What are their names, and what did they do? This...

Baltimore, Maryland at Night (NASA, International Space Station, 10/16/12)

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Baltimore Photo from International Space Station

This isn’t from the distant past, but I had to share it because it’s such a cool image of Baltimore. The photo below was taken by NASA from the International Space Station on October...