Baltimore history

The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

West Lexington looking northeast - 310, 308, 304 West Lexington

Lost History

1980s View of West Lexington

Here’s a cool old photo we dug up at the Library of Congress. It shows the 300 block of West Lexington in the 1980s. The building in the foreground doesn’t appear to be here...

row houses in Canton

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Why Is It Named Canton?

This is a pretty interesting story. Do you happen to know the history of Canton and how it received it’s name? It might not be what you think. The area we now know as...

Baltimore trolley leaves the terminal at night

Cool Photo of Trolley Leaving Terminal at Night

What a cool photo. You should save this as your desktop wallpaper. It shows an old trolley leaving a terminal at night. This photo is labeled April, 1943. Source: Library of Congress

Baltimore 1938

The Best Of

Wow … Incredible Colorized Photo of Boy in Slums (1938)

Source: Jordan Lloyd And here’s a link to the original.

Baltimore Sun headline

Bizarre Baltimore

Three Men Get Life Sentences for Thames Street Firebomb Deaths

This is a crazy story, and I’m sure it’s been lost to history. This is an article that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun from October 5th, 1947.  Three men yesterday were sentenced...

Historic American Buildings Survey E. H. Pickering, Photographer September 1936 - Lee & South Charles Street (Brick Row Houses), Baltimore

What Lee and Charles St. Looked Like in 1936

The intersection looked very different in 1936. This is an awesome photo that we dug up at the Library of Congress. Source: Library of Congress

Faces & Places of Yesterday, We Love Maps

1792 Map of the Town of Baltimore

Check out this awesome map we dug up at the Library of Congress. Make sure you click on it to get greater details. It’s pretty amazing. Source: Library of Congress

Photograph of the Inspection of Bananas in Baltimore, Maryland (1910)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Unloading and Inspecting Banana Shipments

This looks like it’s probably early 20th century, circa 1910. We dug this one up at the National Archives. Source: U.S. National Archives

Pratt Street power plant

Then and Now

Then and Now: Pratt Street Power Plant

Check out the Pratt Street Power Plant back in the day. These were bleak times. The Library of Congress site didn’t have a date associated with this, but I’m going to guess it’s sometime...

portrait of John Wilkes Booth

Notable People & Places, The Best Of

Original Ad For John Wilkes Booth’s Acting Debut

This is absolutely amazing. We found the original advertisement in the Baltimore Sun for John Wilkes Booth’s acting debut in Richard III. The play was at the Charles Street Theatre on Tuesday, August 14th,...

Charles Pratt

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Why Is It Named Pratt Street?

Lucky for you, we dug up an interesting article in the Baltimore Sun from September 9th, 1951, exactly 62 years ago today. Many think that Pratt St. is named for Enoch Pratt, the noted...

Wiessner Brewery, 1700 North Gay Street, Baltimore

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Incredible Old Photo of the Wiessner Brewery

Photos like this are the reason we love doing this blog. And, what makes it even better is that the building is still around. Thank God for architectural preservation. This is a photo of...

sunset over Ft. McHenry in 1906

Other Cool Stuff

Sunset Over Fort McHenry in 1906

What a great photo to end our first week. This is a shot of a sailboat in the foreground and Ft. McHenry in the background in 1906. Source: Library of Congress

Notable People & Places

Remember Ben McDonald?

Wow, this guy’s a blast from the past.  He was good, but nowhere near the level he should have been. The first overall pick in 1989, he was extremely hyped coming out of LSU....

Mt. Vernon Place in 1906

Other Cool Stuff

Another Great Photo of Mt. Vernon Place

Like the one we posted earlier this week, here’s another great photo of Mt. Vernon Place. Source: Library of Congress

Billy Dee Williams - Colt 45 advertisement

Why Is It Named ... ?

Why Is It Named Colt 45?

I’ll go out on a limb here and guess that at least 50% of you already know the answer. For the other half, you’ll find this to be an interesting bit of Baltimore trivia....

Ripken celebrates victory

Faces & Places of Yesterday, Notable People & Places

Cal Ripken Catches Last Out of 1983 World Series

Many of you remember the glorious 1983 season when the O’s beat the Phillies to take the World Series. Let’s relive that moment by watching the video below. And this is what took place...

Mt. Vernon Square

Notable People & Places

Great Photo of Mt. Vernon Place

Here’s a cool early 20th century photograph of Mt. Vernon Place on Charles St. Source: Library of Congress

Johns Hopkins hospital in 1903

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Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1903

Here is another great photo from the Library of Congress. It shows the hospital at Johns Hopkins in 1903. Source: Library of Congress

1862 view of Baltimore

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1862 View of Baltimore From the North

This is a print from 1862 showing the view of Baltimore from the north. Source: Library of Congress