Baltimore history

The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

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Horrible Aftermath of 1904 Fire

This sad photo shows the city devastated after the great fire of 1904. You’re looking at Calvert St. near Pratt St. Source: Maryland Historical Society

Annapolis, Maryland, 1917. "Graduation exercises, U.S. Naval Academy." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

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Naval Academy Graduation in 1917

This great old photo shows graduation festivities at the Naval Academy back in 1917. What a stunning photo. Source: Shorpy This was also cross-posted on our sister-site, Cool Old Photos.

This unique photo was taken by my friend Ernie Baltimore, MD. LAST OUT of the 1966 World Series Orioles-Dodgers. Memorial Stadium.

Historical Events

Aerial View of the 1966 World Series

Check out this photo from above Memorial Stadium during the 1966 World Series. The Orioles swept the Dodgers that year to claim the title. Source: Flickr user avraham bank

An aerial view of what is now considered the Inner Harbor shot October 20, 1948. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

1948 View of Baltimore Harbor

Check out this great photo of Baltimore Harbor from the fall of 1948.

In this November 1950 picture Kniesche show a nighttime picture of the 3400 block of Eastern Avenue looking west in Highlandtown. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

1950s Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown

This photo shows Highlandtown way back in 1950. You’re looking at the 3400 block of Eastern Ave. Click on it for some amazing details. Here’s the same area on Google Street View today.

The Backus Motor Co. Welcome Wagon. I’m assuming that this represents the Backus Water Motor Co. but I’m not sure. I also believe that this is in Baltimore given the plates on the cars are from Maryland.

Where Is This in 1930s Baltimore?

Can you identify where this is in Baltimore? It’s from the early 1930s. Source: Flickr user Gordon Morales

In October of 1963 Number 8 street cars still were a familiar sight in Towson. But soon they would be replaced by buses. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

Streetcars in Towson Back in 1963

This great old photo shows the old streetcars of Baltimore running through Towson back in October of 1963. A short one month later, President Kennedy would be assassinated in Dallas.

Harry S Truman addressing the crowd at a train stop in Baltimore in June of 1948. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

Historical Events, Notable People & Places

President Truman’s Whistle-Stop Campaign in 1948

We came across a great photo of President Truman on a train in Baltimore, so we did a little digging. Here’s the article that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun on June 19th, 1948....

Baltimore's new apartments in 1969 - Baltimore Sun, April 13th, 1969

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Cool 1969 Map of New Baltimore Apartments

This old advertisement from The Baltimore Sun shows the number of new apartments available in the Baltimore area during the summer of 1969. Click on it for more details. Source: Proquest

October 30th, 1909 real estate advertisement

Old Ads & Classifieds

Where is This in 1909 Baltimore?

Does anyone recognize where this would be today? This advertisement is for real estate back in 1909 in The Baltimore Sun. Source: Proquest

The Democratic advocate., October 05, 1917, Maryland Industrial Progress

In the Paper

1917 Map of Baltimore’s Waterfront Industries

Check out this fascinating old map of Baltimore’s waterfront industries from almost 100 years ago. Click on it for more details. Source: Library of Congress

100 block of E. Pratt St. in 1908

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What Did East Pratt Street Look Like in 1908?

We found this great old image of East Pratt St. online the other day. Check it out and click on it for more details. Source: Digital Maryland Here’s the view today, which is completely...

200 block of S. Caroline St. in 1940

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What Did 1940s Baltimore Look Like?

Here’s a photo of Baltimore from June 8th, 1940. You’re looking at the 200 block of S. Caroline St., north of Gough and south of E. Pratt. Source: Digital Maryland Here’s what it looks...

Baltimore Riot 1968 Bentalou St. at Edmonson

Historical Events

Tragic Aftermath of 1968 Riot

This sad photo shows Baltimore after the 1968 riots, which devastated the city, and much of the country. Source: Flickr user Kevin Mueller I think this is the same intersection today on Google Street...

Monument commemorating the Battle of North Point, Calvert Street and Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland (1846)

Notable People & Places

Incredible 1846 Photo of Battle Monument

This fascinating old photo from 1846 shows the Battle Monument on North Calvert. It was taken by John Plumbe who also took this incredible photo of the White House, the earliest known photo of...

Fort Federal Hill in Baltimore. Composite of four views - from the east, interior, from the south, and from the west. (1862)

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What Did Fort Federal Hill Look Like in 1862?

Here’s an old print from the Civil War showing several views of Fort Federal Hill. Source: Library of Congress

Maryland circa 1903. "Baltimore from Federal Hill." Along with a word from our sponsor. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

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Downtown Baltimore Seen From Federal Hill in 1903

This beautiful photo from 1903 shows the city as seen from Federal Hill. Source: Shorpy

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

Faces & Places of Yesterday

What Did Baltimore Look Like in 1940?

Here’s a beautiful photo of Baltimore row houses from 1940, before World War II. You’re looking at Washington Blvd. at Bayard St. Source: Shorpy Here’s the exact spot today using Google Street View.

B&W photo of Preston Gardens in Baltimore, MD, ca. 1935. Shows green space that was restored by WPA workers

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Preston Gardens in 1935

Check out this great old photograph that we found on Flickr. It shows Preston Gardens in 1935. Source: Pratt Library

1891 map of St. Michaels, Maryland

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1891 Map of St. Michaels, Maryland

We love digging up old maps like this Sanborn Map from 1891 showing St. Michaels. Click on each for a larger, more detailed version. Source: Library of Congress