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The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

Camels advertisement

Old Ads & Classifieds

Camels, So Mild You Can Smoke All You Want!

Great! They’re so mild, they don’t get your wind … so smoke ’em if you got ’em!

A street full of Baltimore immigrants lined up and ready to start for the country to the berry farms. Wolfe Street, near Canton Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. Courtesy of Maryland Child Labor Committee. Location: Baltimore, Maryland.

Pictures Tell a Story

Photo of Immigrants Tells a Story

We’re kicking off a cool new series of posts called “Pictures Tell a Story” to study some old photos and see what we observe. Below is our first one, which shows a large group...

Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul Street

Second Presbyterian Church in 1926

Here’s an old photograph from 1926. This is the Second Presbyterian Church at 4200 St. Paul Street. Source: Library of Congress

Water filtration plant at Montabello, Baltimore, Md.

Other Cool Stuff

Beautiful 1914 Panorama of Montabello Filtration Plant

What a cool panoramic shot. Now quite as cool as this one, but pretty cool. Make sure you click on it to view a larger version. Source: Library of Congress

Sanford Robinson Gifford, Basin of the Patapsco from Federal Hill, Baltimore, 1862, 1862, Frank M. Gren, "Annapolis Collection"

Other Cool Stuff

Gifford’s Painting of Patapsco from Federal Hill

I’m guessing that many of you have already seen this famous painting by Robinson Gifford, painted during the Civil War. It’s a beautiful view of the Patapsco Basin from Federal Hill. Source: Smithsonian

Baltimore Sun advertisement

Old Ads & Classifieds

Slaves for Life and Good Titles

This is an advertisement from The Baltimore Sun printed on January 8th, 1844. It’s shocking, repulsive, and still unbelievable that we used to live as if this was acceptable in our country 150+ years ago.

Other Cool Stuff

How Bigotry and Racism Shaped Baltimore [Video Series]

Here is a series of three videos shared by one of our readers, Ayo.

Baltimore Sun ad - 1869

Old Ads & Classifieds

Advertisement: Are You Suffering With Diarrhea? (1869)

1869 was not a good time to be suffering from Diarrhea (no time is good really). Well, if you were suffering back then, this would have been one of your solutions.

proposed tunnel (1909)

Featured, Lost History

Proposed Tunnel From Mount Clare to Patterson Park

This is an interesting illustration that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun. It’s from an article printed on May 7th, 1909. Source: The Baltimore Sun Here’s a similar route on today’s Google Map of...

Colonel Hawkins

Historical Trivia

Confederate Officer’s Opinion of Lincoln’s Assassination

This is an interesting, short article from The Baltimore Sun, printed on April 27th, 1865. It’s a letter to the newspaper from a Confederate officer, imprisoned at Camp Chase in Ohio after the end of...