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Street scene showing Light Street at Lombard Street, Baltimore. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company Collection. Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, 8x10 glass, Box 3. Note: Reference photograph.

Photo of Intersection of Light and Lombard Streets in 1905

This is a cool old photo showing the intersection of Light and Lombard Streets in 1905. Here is the same intersection today.

John Eager Howard monument, Mount Vernon, Baltimore, 1909. Robert L. Harris Collection, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection

Mount Vernon’s John Eager Howard Monument in 1909

This is an old photo of the John Eager Howard monument in Mount Vernon from 1909. Source: Maryland Historical Society

Glover Street, 500 Block South, ca. 1930.

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Glover Street Homes Near Patterson Park in 1930

This is a photo looking down the 500 block of S. Glover St. around 1930. What’s really cool is that the homes are still there and look pretty much the same except for the...

Biddle Alley, ca. 1911. Baltimore, Maryland. Subject Vertical File, Baltimore City, Streets. Featured in Housing Conditions in Baltimore: Report of a Special Committee of the Association for the Improvement of the Condition of the Poor and the Charity Organization Society, Submitting Results of an Investigation by Janet E. Kemp

Baltimore Alley Dwelling in 1911

Here is a great old photo from the Maryland Historical Society. This is a terrific resource, and you should think about donating to them to help support preserving Baltimore and Maryland history. Source: Maryland...

South Charles Street, looking north, Baltimore. Charles Center area. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company Building on left side. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company Collection. Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, 8x10 glass, Box 3. Note: Reference photograph.

Then and Now

Then and Now: Looking Up South Charles Street in 1905

Here’s a great show looking up Charles Street in 1905. Source: Maryland Historical Society Here’s the same view up South Charles Street today. You can see the Baltimore and Ohio Building still stands in this...

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Third shift workers waiting on a street corner to be picked up by car pools around midnight." Last seen at the lunch counter. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information.

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1943 Baltimore Workers Flash Mob

Check out this great photo of workers on the street corner waiting to be picked up during World War II.

1880s prostitute

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Oyster Schooner Captain Shoots and Kills Prostitute Wife in Brothel

How can you not look at this title and want to know what’s up with this story? Below is a fascinating story that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun from September 28th, 1885. Short...

1916 view of the Deutschland

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Photo of World War I German U-Boat Visiting Baltimore Harbor

Remember the post we did a while ago about the German sub that visited Baltimore Harbor during World War I? It was the Deutschland in 1916, before the U.S. entered the war. Here is another great photo...

Baltimore in 1904

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What Did Baltimore Look Like After the 1904 Fire?

Here’s a great old photo that we dug up at the Library of Congress. It’s a nice bird’s-eye view of the city. Source: Library of Congress

Perspective map not drawn to scale. "Copyright ... Spofford & Hughes, New York." LC Panoramic maps (2nd ed.), 255 Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. " ... sketched in pencil ... in the Fall of 1911." map 43 x 77 cm.

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Bird’s Eye View of Baltimore in 1870

What a beautiful old image of Baltimore. We dug this one up at the Library of Congress. Source: Library of Congress

Historic American Buildings Survey, From an old photo, DISTANT VIEW (Left to right, Church at Calvert and Pleasant Streets and First Unitarian Church, Charles and Franklin Streets) - Washington Monument, Mount Vernon Place & Washington, Baltimore, Independent City, MD

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Baltimore Skyline in the 1870s

Here’s a photo which appears to be from some time in the 19th century. Source: Library of Congress Here’s another great city skyline shot from 1912.

Historic American Buildings Survey E. H. Pickering, Photographer June 1936 VIEW FROM NORTHEAST - Waterloo Row, 606-628 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, Independent City, MD

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Images of Waterloo Row in 1830s and 1930s

Check out these great images from the Library of Congress. The first one is a painting from the 1830s, and the second, a photograph of the same area in the 1930s.

Continuous stream of trolleys carrying workers from the Bethlehem Fairfield shipyard to downtown Baltimore disgorges passengers who rush for other trolleys and buses. Trolleys from other parts of the city are sent to this route at hours of the shift change in order to take care of the traffic and follow each at one minute intervals

Trolleys from Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard

Below is a photo from 1943, showing crowds of people getting off the trolleys from Bethlehem Fairfield shipyard.

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Baltimore Waterfront in 1938

Here are a couple of photos of the Baltimore waterfront from 1938. Source: Library of Congress

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Notre Dame Academy Grounds in the 19th Century

Here’s a great old photo of Notre Dame Academy, taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston in the late 19th century. Source: Library of Congress

Bullets v. Capitals box score

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Baltimore Bullets Beat Washington Capitals; Take First Place

We came across this article from November 19th, 1944, when the Baltimore Bullets beat the Washington Capitals basketball team by the depressed score of 33 to 32. Washington, Nov. 18 (Special) — The Baltimore...

Bill Ripken 1989 Fleer

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F**k Face: Bill Ripken’s 1989 Fleer Baseball Card

Remember this? If you were a big baseball card collector, you sure do. Here’s a story about it from CNBC, posted December 9th, 2008. “I got a dozen bats in front of my locker...

Champion Orioles of 1894 Lying on the ground are: John McGraw and Willie Keeler. Front row: "Kid" Bill Gleason, Joe Kelly, Ned Hanlon, Wilbert Robinson, Bill Hoffer, and Hughie Jennings. Second row: Walter Brody, Henry Reitz, John McMahon, Frank Bowerman, and Artie Pool. Third row: Arthur Clarkson, George Hemming, George Carey and Bill Clark.

Baltimore Went Wild Over the Orioles in 1894

The Orioles and baseball go back a long way with the city of Baltimore. Before the current O’s arrived in 1954, there were earlier teams of the same name. We came across an interesting...

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Map of Canal Route from Baltimore to Washington

This is a fascinating map from 1838, showing a potential route for a canal between Baltimore and Washington. Source: Library of Congress

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Baltimore History Traced in Street Names

This is a fascinating old article that we came across in The Baltimore Sun. It was printed on July 26th, 1914 and we just have to share it with you. The study of street...