Baltimore history

The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

This map is Plate No. 25 from a J.H. Colton atlas that we believed was published in 1857. Copyright statement on map: "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1855 by J. H. Colton & Co. in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York." On verso: "The District of Columbia", text on three columns.

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Another Awesome Map of Baltimore (1857)

We love these maps, and I’m sure you guys do as well. Check this one out. It shows the layout of the city in 1857. Look at square 16, that’s where Camden Yards sits...

oyster fleet in Baltimore Harbor

Can You Identify Where These Oyster Boats Are Docked?

Here’s our first challenge to you guys, and hopefully you won’t find it too difficult. That looks like city hall’s dome in the background. Any idea where this is? The photo was taken in...

Circa 1900. "Baltimore City Hall." Rising behind a web of wires. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Notable People & Places

Great Photo of Baltimore City Hall in 1900

Check out this awesome photo of city hall in 1900. Click on it for some great details. Source: Shorpy

Cal Ripken breaks Gehrig's record (Baltimore Sun)

Notable People & Places

Cal Ripken Breaks Lou Gehrig’s Record

This is one of the greatest moments in all of sports history. If you’re an Orioles fan, it needs no introduction. This is the full game against the Angels on September 6th, 1995, but...

Complete circle view of Baltimore from the Emerson Tower in 1913

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Wow! 360-Degree View of Baltimore from Emerson Tower (1913)

This is amazing … just as cool as the 360-degree view of Civil War D.C. from the Capitol Dome. It’s a full 360-degree panorama taken in 1913 from the top of Emerson Tower. Click...

Frank Zappa

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Three People You Didn’t Know Were From Baltimore

For our inaugural Baltimore “Three Things …” post, we are going to highlight three people whom you might not know were from Charm City. 1. David Abercrombie Yes, that’s right. The dude responsible for...

Baltimore streetcars

Cool Video of Baltimore Streetcars in 1960

At it’s peak in 1929, Baltimore’s streetcar system had over 400 miles of track. Sadly, like all great American cities, the system was shut down in November 1963 in favor of a bus system....

Camden Yards under construction

Faces & Places of Yesterday, Notable People & Places

Photos Before Camden Yards and During Construction

What did Oriole Park at Camden Yards look like during construction in Baltimore? This was the stadium that set off the baseball renaissance in Major League Baseball.

Baltimore Harbor in 1912

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Incredible Panorama of Baltimore Harbor in 1912

I just love these old photos. This one is amazing. It shows Baltimore Harbor in 1912. Source: Library of Congress

July 1938. "Rear of grocery store in Baltimore." Only hinting at the delights that await within. Medium format nitrate negative by John Vachon.

Old Ads & Classifieds

Countless Soda Ads (1938)

This is a photo of the back of and old grocery in 1938. Source: Shorpy

Circa 1912. "Baltimore from the Emerson tower." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Amazing 1912 Skyline Shot of Baltimore

This is an awesome skyline shot of the city. Click on the image for a larger version. You can see some incredible details. Source: Shorpy

Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1917. "Union Station showing Charles Street and Jones Falls." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Other Cool Stuff

1917 Photo of Union Station

Here’s a great photo we sug up showing Baltimore’s Union Station in 1917. Source: Shorpy

"Row houses, Baltimore, June 1940." Medium format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

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Great 1940s Photo of Row Houses

Can we get a little help identifying this block? Anyone out there recognize this? Source: Shorpy

Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1905. "Unloading banana steamer." A teeming scene that calls to mind the paintings of Brueghel, if Brueghel ever did bananas. Note the damage from the Great Fire of 1904.

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Baltimore Banana Steamer in 1905

Here’s an odd photo from 1905 showing a ship pulling into Baltimore harbor with a load of bananas. Source: Shorpy

1822 map of Baltimore

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1822 Map of Baltimore

This is a terrific first map to post to the blog. Source: Big Map Blog

July 1938. "Man who lives in row house. Baltimore, Maryland." Walkies, anyone? Photo by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration.

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Fat Guy and Little Dog

What an amazing photo. Too many bowls of spaghetti for this dude. Sweet pipe though. Source: Shorpy