Baltimore history

The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

Read's on Lexington Street

Other Cool Stuff

Read’s Drug Store, a Part of the Civil Rights Movement

Read’s Drug Store was a Baltimore based chain of drug stores founded in the 1800’s by William Read. The downtown store was one of the first stores involved in the country’s very first anti-segregation...

Norris Luvitt. Been picking 3 years in berry fields near Baltimore, June 1909

Great Photo of Boy Picking Berries (1909)

This is a photo from 1909 showing a boy picking berries near Baltimore. Maybe he was in the previous photo that we posted here. Source: U.S. National Archives

Notable People & Places

Woodrow Wilson and the 1883 Johns Hopkins Glee Club

What a cool photo! This shows Woodrow Wilson with his buddies on the Johns Hopkins Glee Club in 1883. Source: Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Flickr

First Methodist Episcopal Church (Lovely Lane United Methodist Church) Collection: A. D. White Architectural Photographs, Cornell University Library

Other Cool Stuff

First Methodist Episcopal Church in 1887

Here’s a beautiful old photograph from 1887 of the First Methodist Episcopal Church. Today, it’s called Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. Source: Cornell University Flickr

1877 map of Anne Arundel County

We Love Maps

1877 Map of Anne Arundel County

Here’s a cool old map of part of Anne Arundel County from 1877. Source: Library of Congress

Baltimore Memorial Stadium, 1000 East Thirty-third Street, Baltimore, Independent City, MD

Great Photo of Old Memorial Stadium

What a beautiful old photograph of Memorial Stadium. Source: Library of Congress

Titanic advertisement 1912

Featured, Old Ads & Classifieds

Advertisements to Sail on the Titanic

Now this is totally fascinating. This is an advertisement that we found in The Baltimore Sun printed on February 13th, 1912. And, as you can see, it’s for the voyage that Titanic never made from...

Camels advertisement

Old Ads & Classifieds

Camels, So Mild You Can Smoke All You Want!

Great! They’re so mild, they don’t get your wind … so smoke ’em if you got ’em!

A street full of Baltimore immigrants lined up and ready to start for the country to the berry farms. Wolfe Street, near Canton Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. Courtesy of Maryland Child Labor Committee. Location: Baltimore, Maryland.

Pictures Tell a Story

Photo of Immigrants Tells a Story

We’re kicking off a cool new series of posts called “Pictures Tell a Story” to study some old photos and see what we observe. Below is our first one, which shows a large group...

Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul Street

Second Presbyterian Church in 1926

Here’s an old photograph from 1926. This is the Second Presbyterian Church at 4200 St. Paul Street. Source: Library of Congress

Water filtration plant at Montabello, Baltimore, Md.

Other Cool Stuff

Beautiful 1914 Panorama of Montabello Filtration Plant

What a cool panoramic shot. Now quite as cool as this one, but pretty cool. Make sure you click on it to view a larger version. Source: Library of Congress

Sanford Robinson Gifford, Basin of the Patapsco from Federal Hill, Baltimore, 1862, 1862, Frank M. Gren, "Annapolis Collection"

Other Cool Stuff

Gifford’s Painting of Patapsco from Federal Hill

I’m guessing that many of you have already seen this famous painting by Robinson Gifford, painted during the Civil War. It’s a beautiful view of the Patapsco Basin from Federal Hill. Source: Smithsonian

Baltimore Sun advertisement

Old Ads & Classifieds

Slaves for Life and Good Titles

This is an advertisement from The Baltimore Sun printed on January 8th, 1844. It’s shocking, repulsive, and still unbelievable that we used to live as if this was acceptable in our country 150+ years ago.

Other Cool Stuff

How Bigotry and Racism Shaped Baltimore [Video Series]

Here is a series of three videos shared by one of our readers, Ayo.

Baltimore Sun ad - 1869

Old Ads & Classifieds

Advertisement: Are You Suffering With Diarrhea? (1869)

1869 was not a good time to be suffering from Diarrhea (no time is good really). Well, if you were suffering back then, this would have been one of your solutions.

proposed tunnel (1909)

Featured, Lost History

Proposed Tunnel From Mount Clare to Patterson Park

This is an interesting illustration that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun. It’s from an article printed on May 7th, 1909. Source: The Baltimore Sun Here’s a similar route on today’s Google Map of...

Colonel Hawkins

Historical Trivia

Confederate Officer’s Opinion of Lincoln’s Assassination

This is an interesting, short article from The Baltimore Sun, printed on April 27th, 1865. It’s a letter to the newspaper from a Confederate officer, imprisoned at Camp Chase in Ohio after the end of...

Roland Park plat 5 - pg 6

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Detailed Map of Roland Park from 1911

Check out these great old plats of Roland Park from November 8th, 1911. Source: Maryland State Archives

JFK and Jackie in Dallas, 1963

Historical Events, Notable People & Places

Local Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Kennedy

Source: Baltimore Post-Examiner We wrote the other day about Kennedy’s visit to Baltimore at Patterson Park. Well, we found another story related to that visit in 1962, with a darker side. This is an...

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Old Color Postcard of Johns Hopkins Hospital

Check out this great old postcard of Johns Hopkins Hospital. The date is unknown, but I’m guessing it was somewhere in the early 1900s. Source: National Institutes of Health