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Lost History

Stanley Theatre on Howard Street in 1933

We came across this gem on Flickr, and it’s a terrific one. It appears to be a photograph from the 1930s, showing the Auditorium and Stanley Theatres on Howard Street. The Stanley was at...

Baltimore, Maryland. Looking toward Logan Field and Sparrow Point.

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1935 Aerial Photo of Baltimore

This is a terrific photo, especially if you click on it for a larger version. Just amazing the level of detail. The photo was taken on June 18th, 1935. Make sure to like this...

The Aurora Theatre in 1953

This is a view of the Aurora Theatre sometime in the 1950s. And, after doing a little digging, we see that The Tall Texan, with Lloyd Bridges — the Big Lebowski’s real life dad —...

Notable People & Places

Babe Ruth’s 1920 Passport Application

How cool is this? What a great find on Ancestry.com. We came across the Bambino’s 1920 application for a passport that fall, because he was traveling to Cuba to play in some barnstorming games....

three Baltimore Black Sox

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Negro League’s Baltimore Black Sox

This is a terrific photo that we found on the Internet, but unfortunately it wasn’t labeled with a date. Anyone out there know when this was taken or who these three ballplayers are?

Smithwood Avenue branches off to the right while Edmondson Avenue slopes uphill on the left heading east toward the city of Baltimore. In addition to automobile traffic, Edmondson Avenue at the time accommodated the Baltimore Traction Company No. 14 trolley line. A junction for three rail lines was located immediately behind the photographer's vantage point. These houses still exist, albeit with vinyl siding applied over the handsome cedar shingles. Oh, and the streets have since been paved. Photo taken about 1925

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Story Behind a 1925 Catonsville Home

This is a beautiful old photograph from 1925 showing a home in Catonsville. And, it’s one that makes you wonder who the people are. What are their names, and what did they do? This...

Baltimore, Maryland at Night (NASA, International Space Station, 10/16/12)

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Baltimore Photo from International Space Station

This isn’t from the distant past, but I had to share it because it’s such a cool image of Baltimore. The photo below was taken by NASA from the International Space Station on October...

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Baltimore Savings Institution Dollar Bill (1840)

Now this is pretty cool. We were trolling the Internet and came across this old $1 bill from the Baltimore Savings Institution.

Thursday night shoppers in a line outside a movie theatre

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Lined Up Outside Movie Theater

Here’s a photo from the 1940s showing a crowd of people lined up outside a movie theater. Anyone recognize this theater? Source: Library of Congress

painters at the Bethlehem-Fairchild shipyard in May 1943

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Painters at the Bethlehem-Fairchild Shipyard

This is a truckload of painters at the Bethlehem-Fairchild Shipyard taken at the height of World War II. Source: Library of Congress

unveiling of Lafayette statue

Notable People & Places

President Coolidge Attends Unveiling of Lafayette Statue

Here’s a great photo that we dug up showing Calvin Coolidge attending the unveiling and dedication of the Lafayette Statue in Mount Vernon Place. This took place on September 6th, 1928, the 171st anniversary...

6th Massachusetts bivouacked in Monument Sq.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Civil War Soldiers at Monument Square

Here’s a terrific old photograph from the Civil War. It shows the 6th Massachusetts Regiment. Source: Library of Congress

1955 football

Guest Posts

Polytechnic vs. Forest Park High Football Game

Here’s an old picture of a football game between Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Forest Park High School at Memorial Stadium. Source: Kilduffs

rabid dog

Bizarre Baltimore, Featured

Wild Dog Shot and Killed in Northeast Baltimore

This is a crazy story that we came across in The Baltimore Sun, not unlike a story we found for Ghosts of DC. This was printed on Mar 17th, 1925. A dog believed to have...

Baltimore Sun - December 30th, 1839

Old Ads & Classifieds

Reward: Strayed or Stolen Horse

Here’s an interesting old advertisement that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun. This was printed on December 30th, 1839.

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Great Photo of Mt. Vernon Place in 1912

Check out this terrific old photo from 1912. Source: Library of Congress

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1890s Photo of Centre Market

Here’s a photo that we dug up at the Library of Congress showing some fruits and vegetables being sold at the market. If you look closely enough, you’ll see potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, and apples....

Washington Monument from Federal Hill

Guest Posts

Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore

This is a photo of the Helen Delich Port located along the Patapsco River. This photo of the port, one of largest in the U.S., was taken in 1849. Today, the port handles a...

Gino's advertisement

Guest Posts, Old Ads & Classifieds

Gino’s Hamburgers and a Tin Lizzie!

I came across this ad from 1969 for a restaurant chain called Gino’s Hamburgers. The fast food chain was founded in 1957 by Baltimore Colts defensive end Gino Marchetti and running back Alan Ameche....

July 1938. Man sleeping in the Baltimore fish market. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Dick Sheldon for the Farm Security Administration.

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Man Sleeps With the Fishes

Interesting photo. This guy has to be ridiculously tired to sleep there. Source: Shorpy