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Baltimore Sun advertisement 1850

Old Ads & Classifieds

Ad for Steamship to Panama and on to California (1850)

Below is an interesting advertisement that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun, printed on Tuesday, October 8th, 1850. The ad is for the steamship Cherokee, commanded by Henry Windle, departing in a few...

Cal Ripken Jr. high school photo - 1978

Featured, Notable People & Places

O’s No. 2 Draft Pick, Ripken, Fans 17 in 1978 Championship

Here’s a really cool article from the days before Cal Ripken Jr. as an Oriole. This article was printed on June 8th, 1978 Largo–Just one day after being chosen in major league baseball’s free-agent...

St. Mary's Seminary, Mother Seton's House, 600 North Paca Street, Baltimore (1936)

Mother Seton’s House at St. Mary’s Seminary (1936)

The house is still there, but it looks much cleaner minus the ivy. This is an image from 1936 showing Mother Seton’s House at St. Mary’s Seminary back in 1936. And here is the...

Old Ads & Classifieds

Baltimore Sun Ads the Day Pearl Harbor Was Attacked

We always find the juxtaposition of normalcy within the context of historical events fascinating. We wrote a post quite some time ago about life in D.C. the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by the...

ad for carriages, wagons, etc

Old Ads & Classifieds

Advertisement for Carriages, Wagons, Etc.

Need a carriage from a local Baltimore dealer? Here’s an ad you would have seen in the Baltimore Sun on December 22nd, 1890.

Roland Park plan

Historical Trivia

Roland Park: Most Fashionable and Pretentious Suburb

What is the history of Roland Park near Baltimore, Maryland? Take a look at some of the early neighborhood plans from the 1900s.

The Oriental Massage Parlor

Old Ads & Classifieds

The Oriental Massage Parlor

Now this is where you wanted to go and get a massage back in 1923. Here’s an old ad from the Baltimore Sun promoting a massage parlor on Mulberry St.

1912 bird's-eye view of Baltimore

The Best Of, We Love Maps

Incredibly Detailed 1912 Bird’s-Eye View of Baltimore

Wow … you gotta love this one. It’s a drawing of Baltimore published by Norman T.A. Munder & Co. in 1912. If you like this, check out UrbanYore on Etsy. They have a couple...

Peabody Institute in 1902

Other Cool Stuff

Photo of the Peabody Institute in 1902

Here is a great old photo from 1902 of the Peabody Institute. Source: Library of Congress

B&O Railroad Warehouse

Other Cool Stuff

A Video of the Area Before Camden Yards

We posted some cool old photos of the area during construction last week. Here's a great video that we dug up from around the same time.