Baltimore history

The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

1913 Baltimore Orioles

Notable People & Places

Babe Ruth’s First Professional Game; Plays Shortstop for the Orioles

This is a cool old baseball photo. It’s the 1913 Baltimore Orioles with Babe Ruth, pictured on the right. We did a little more digging and it appears (according to Wikipedia) that Ruth didn’t...

Memorial Stadium

This Day in History

30 Years Ago: Amazing O’s Comeback Against Milwaukee

Exactly 30 years ago today, the Baltimore Orioles played a day game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Memorial Stadium, in front of 35,804 depressed fans. Why were they depressed? Jim Palmer, then 37 years...

Historic American Buildings Survey E. H. Pickering, Photographer July 1936 VIEW FROM STREET - 1621 Thames Street (House), Fell's Point, Baltimore, Independent City, MD

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Photo of 1621 Thames Street in 1936

Times sure were different back then. This is what Thames St. looked like in the midst of the Great Depression. Source: Library of Congress  

1912 photo of the Fifth Regimental Armory

Faces & Places of Yesterday, Notable People & Places

1912 Baltimore DNC Convention at Night

In 1912, the Democratic National Convention was held in Baltimore at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Here’s a great old photo from that period of the building being lit up at night. Source: Library of...

Map of the city and county of Baltimore, Maryland. From original surveys by J.C. Sidney, C.E.

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1857 Map of the City and County of Baltimore

What a great old antebellum map of Baltimore and the county. This one is from 1857 and we dug it up at the Library of Congress. Source: Library of Congress

Historical Events

Pan Am’s First Passenger Jet to Europe (1958)

This is a cross-post from Ghosts of DC. Aviation has a strong history in the Washington area. Following on the heels of our last aeronautical first (Concorde at Dulles), here is another first for...

Baltimore traffic jam

Faces & Places of Yesterday, Historical Trivia

The History of Traffic Lights in Baltimore

We wrote a post quite some time ago chronicling the history of traffic lights in Washington. Of course we have to do a little digging and see what the story is behind Baltimore’s traffic...

Tindeco ad in 1923

Old Ads & Classifieds

Girls! Girls! Girls! Good Wages. Steady Work.

What an eye-catching advertisement in the old classifieds of the Baltimore Sun. This is from February 26th, 1923, advertising jobs for the Tin Decorating Company of Baltimore (Tindeco).

1781 map of Baltimore

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1780s Map of Baltimore

Now this is a really cool map of Baltimore. It dates back to around 1781. It was done by Frenchman, Louis-Alexandre Berthier. Source: Library of Congress

Baltimore Sun advertisement

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For Sale: Lager Beer Saloon on Thames

This is cool. In the May 10th, 1865 edition of the Baltimore Sun, this advertisement ran for the sale of a saloon at 98 Thames St. The streets have since been renumbered, but this...

runaway horse!

Bizarre Baltimore

Drunk Driving and a Runway Horse on North Howard Street

Check out this crazy story from the Baltimore Sun. It was printed on July 15th, 1922. In view of hundreds of shoppers on North Howard street yesterday, Patrolman William M. Miller stopped a runaway...

Juy 16th, 1911 ad in the Baltimore Sun

Old Ads & Classifieds

Ad for Baltimore-Built Spoerer Car in 1911

There used to be an old car factory in Baltimore employing 74 residents. And, there was a locally built vehicle called the Spoerer. Below is an old ad we dug up for the vehicle....

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September 14th, 1963: Front Page of the Baltimore Sun

Here’s what the front page of the Baltimore Sun looked like exactly 50 years ago today.

Old Ads & Classifieds

1911 Advertisement for Winton Six at Mt. Royal and North Ave.

If you were looking to buy a Winton Six back in 1911, this is where you’d go.

Hotel Kernan & Maryland Theatre

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Wow. Amazing Photo of Hotel Kernan in 1906

This is such an incredible photo. It shows Hotel Kernan and Maryland Theatre in 1906. Source: Library of Congress

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1981 Boog Powell Miller Lite Commercial

Amazing. What more can I say about this old commercial.

Notable People & Places

Oprah on WJZ-13 Baltimore in 1983

This is an old clip of Oprah during her Baltimore TV days interviewing some dude named Herman Darvick — who apparently has a LinkedIn profile — to talk about autograph seeking. This was taped...

Booth family home on N. Exeter St.

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John Wilkes Booth’s Family on North Exeter Street

We came across a great find in the 1850 U.S. Census. John Wilkes Booth’s famous acting family lived in Baltimore, splitting time there with their home in Bel Air. John’s father Junius, was a...

1801 Warner & Hanna map of Baltimore

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1801 Plan of the City and Environs of Baltimore

What an incredible old map. This is Warner & Hanna’s map of the city in 1801. Source: Johns Hopkins Library

Pennsylvania Railroad grain elevator in Canton, Baltimore

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Pennsylvania Railroad Grain Elevator in Canton

This is an old photograph of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s grain elevator in Canton, taken February 1st, 1921. Source: AOK Library & Gallery, UMBC, Flickr