Baltimore history

The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

Baltimore shoe shine boy - 1943

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Nameless Baltimore Shoe Shine Boy

Wonder what happened to this young guy. Source: Library of Congress

Johns Hopkins in 1902


Johns Hopkins University in 1902

What a great photo. This is part of Johns Hopkins in 1902. Anyone know where this is? Source: Library of Congress

aftermath of 1904 Baltimore fire

Featured, Historical Events

Incredible Panoramic Photo of 1904 Baltimore Fire

This is a great shot of the horrible devastation of the 1904 fire that ripped through the city. Click on it for greater details. Source: Library of Congress

advertisement for wife

Bizarre Baltimore

1863 Advertisement for A Wife

Now this is a creative way to find yourself a wife. Place a classified ad in The Baltimore Sun. That’s what this gentleman did exactly 150 years ago today. The best part is this line:...

October 24th, 1938 classifieds

Old Ads & Classifieds, This Day in History

Apartment Listings 75 Years Ago Today

Looking to rent an apartment in Baltimore 75 years ago? Check out these prices from the classifieds section in The Baltimore Sun. Do you see any addresses that you recognize?

B & O coal pier

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Coal Pier

This is a terrific old photo of the ol B & O coal pier in the Baltimore Harbor. There’s no date on this, but I’m guessing it’s somewhere around 1900. Source: Library of Congress

Postcard showing baseball players seated and standing in stadium.

Other Cool Stuff

1909 Baltimore Orioles Team Photo

This is an awesome old photo. Check it out … it’s the 1909 Baltimore Orioles. Source: Library of Congress

Batterin' Babe - Look At Him Now

Notable People & Places

Batterin’ Babe … Look at Him Now

Here’s a cool image we found at the Library of Congress. It’s a print of a song written in honor of Baltimore’s native son, George Herman “Babe” Ruth.

Pigtown in 1920

Amazing Old Photo of Pigtown (c. 1920)

Now this is really cool, and you can see how the neighborhood received its name. Pigs! Anyone recognize where this is? Source: Mike Copperthite

Baltimore Sun advertisement October 22nd, 1853

Old Ads & Classifieds, This Day in History

Giles’ European Hotel Advertisement (1853)

Here’s an old advertisement from 160 years ago today, printed in The Baltimore Sure. This is for the Giles’ European Hotel at 124 Baltimore Street.