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Accident Cuts Brakeman’s Body in Two

You read that correctly. This is a ghastly accident that we read about in The Baltimore Sun, printed on May 8th, 1911. Falling between freight cars being switched in the lower yards at Locust Point,...

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Prohibition Officers Seize 9,600 Bottles of Beer

Such a sad time … not being able to drink beer? What a horrible idea Prohibition was. Below is an article that we dug up from The Washington Post, detailing the seizure of a lot...

1877 map of Johns Hopkins Hospital

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1877 Detailed Plan of Johns Hopkins Hospital

Here’s a cool old map from 1877 showing the layout of Johns Hopkins Hospital. So cool. Source: Johns Hopkins Sheridan Library

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1896 Map of Reservoir Hill, Penn North, Bolton Hill, and Druid Heights

This is a cool old map from 1896. Check it out and click on it for a larger version. Source: Johns Hopkins Sheridan Library Here’s the same area on a Google Map today. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&ll=39.308535,-76.630669&spn=0.024074,0.045104&t=m&z=15&output=embed]

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1905 Chart of Approaches to Baltimore Harbor

Here’s an interesting old map from 1905 showing the shipping lanes and approaches to Baltimore Harbor. Source: Johns Hopkins Sheridan Library

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Wild Italian Man Dances Naked in the Streets

How can you not click on a post with this title? That’s what we thought when we came across this amusing article in The Washington Post, printed on August 3rd, 1907. Baltimore, Md., Aug. 2.–A...

Old Ads & Classifieds

Dawn of Tomorrow With the Southern Hotel

Here’s an advertisement for the Southern Hotel opening in 1918, printed in The Washington Times. The building was located at 14 Light St., but sadly was razed. It still sits as an empty lot today....

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1910 Trolley Map of Baltimore and Suburbs … Wow

Wow. This is amazing. Click on it for a much larger version. Source: Johns Hopkins Sheridan Library

Minor Basilica, Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Baltimore, building completed in 1821, photographed and documented after 1933.

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1930s Photo of the Baltimore Basilica

Source: Library of Congress Here’s a beautiful old photo of the Baltimore Basilica taken in the the 1930s.

Mt. Vernon Place

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Mt. Vernon Place Frozen in Time (1903)

What a terrific old photo of Mt. Vernon Place. This was taken in 1903. Source: Library of Congress

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British Tourist Killed Chasing Thief

What a tragic story, and this wasn’t really that long ago. Maybe some of you remember when this happened? We found the article in The Baltimore Sun, printed on August 23rd, 1981. An Englishman visiting...

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Film Footage of Teddy Roosevelt in Baltimore

Check this out. It shows Teddy Roosevelt in Baltimore on September 28th, 1918 for the fourth Liberty Loan campaign at the old Oriole Baseball Park. He’s wearing a mourning armband for his son Quentin,...

Marburg & Bros. warehouse

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Elevator Drops Five Stories; Two Seriously Injured

Here’s a crazy story we dug up in The Baltimore Sun, printed on March 24th, 1887. The elevator in the tobacco factory of Marburg & Bros., on South Charles street, fell yesterday morning from the...

Johns Hopkins hospital

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Beautiful 1900s Photo of Johns Hopkins Hospital

This is an incredible old photo, taken sometime in the early 20th century. Source: Library of Congress

1904 Royce Car

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Man Arrested for Speeding; Charged With Going 6 MPH

Yes … no joke. We found an article from The Baltimore Sun printed on January 23rd, 1904, mentioning the legal troubles of a man busted for going six miles per hour. Yes, six. Mr. William A....

1961 kids

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Baltimore Kids in the Winter of 1961

What a great old photo. These kids are standing in front of some suburban Baltimore home after a good snow. Any ideas on where this was taken? Source: Shorpy

Historical Events

Film Footage of ’68 Baltimore Riots

This is something fascinating that we dug up at the National Archives. It shows some film footage from the April ’68 riots in Baltimore following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Source: U.S. National Archives

Baltimore Orioles player Cal Ripken autographs a baseball bat for President Clinton after Ripken broke the consecutive game streak at 2,131 games. 9/6/95.

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Cal Ripken and Bill Clinton at Game 2,131

This is a historic moment. Ripken is signing a bat for the President Clinton after he broke Gehrig’s record. Source: U.S. National Archives

Man with a derby hat stands atop a mound of oyster shells outside the C. H. Pearson & Company oyster cannery, Baltimore. Workers bring wheel- barrows of shells from the factory to the heap. ca. 1890.

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Great Photo of Oyster Cannery in 1890

Source: U.S. National Archives This is a great old photo that we found on the National Archives’ site. It shows the old C.H. Pearson & Company cannery around 1890.

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5-Year-Old Babe Ruth’s Family in the 1900 Census

This is a really cool find. It shows the Ruth family, living at 339 South Woodyear St. in Baltimore, back in 1900. Ruth Sr. at the time was a lightning rod salesman. It’s tiny,...