Baltimore history

The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

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

Other Cool Stuff

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.

Other Cool Stuff

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.

Other Cool Stuff

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.

Other Cool Stuff

Fat Guy and Little Dog

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