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1920 view of Baltimore Harbor from the air

Baltimore Harbor From the Air in 1920

This lovely image of Baltimore Harbor was taken from the air in 1920. Check it out. Source: National Archives
1939 view of Baltimore

Where Is This in 1939 Baltimore?

Do you recognize this view of Baltimore? Add your comments below and if you can get the same Google Street View perspective from today, share that as well. Source: Library of Congress Looking closely at the...

Way Before Camden Yards, in 1905

What a lovely historical photo of Baltimore. You’re looking at the familiar scene of the Camden warehouse, now the backdrop to the loveliest ballpark in all of America.

Sad Final Days of Memorial Stadium

This old photo from sometime in the 1990s shows the beloved old Memorial Stadium from the inside. The field is overgrown and the not a soul in the stands. Source: Library of Congress
In this November 1950 picture Kniesche show a nighttime picture of the 3400 block of Eastern Avenue looking west in Highlandtown. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

1950s Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown

This photo shows Highlandtown way back in 1950. You’re looking at the 3400 block of Eastern Ave. Click on it for some amazing details. Here’s the same area on Google Street View today.
AERIAL VIEW OF STATION, YARDS AND BONDED WAREHOUSE, LOOKING NORTHWEST - Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Camden Station, South side of Camden Street between Eutaw & Howard Streets, Baltimore, Independent City, MD

Early 1970s Aerial View Before Oriole Park at Camden Yards

What a fascinating series of photos showing the site if Camden Yards in the 1970s.
Colored lithograph by E. Sachse & Co., one of two prominent lithography companies in Baltimore in the mid-1800's, that features various views of Baltimore prior to 1853. The center view is from Federal Hill but differs somewhat from others in the collection taken from the same point. From the upper left corner, in clockwise order, the small surrounding views are as follows: Washington Monument, Market-Street, Broadway, City Hotel and Battle Monument, Odd Fellows Hall, St. Paul's Church, Exchange Hotel, Calvert Street City Spring, Lighthouse and Fort McHenry, Gateway of Greenmount Cemetery, The Cathedral, St. Alphonsus Church and Zion's Church. The Market Street scene in upper row is a miniature replica of the Market Street print in this collection, Cator Print number 168. The Odd Fellows Hall at Gay and Fayette Streets was built in 1831 and enlarged in 1843. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, built in 1817 after designs by Robert Cary Long, was destroyed by fire in 1854. It stood on the site of the present St. Paul's Church which was built immediately thereafter. Among the other prominent structures shown, Old Zion Church, St. Alphonsus Church and Greenmount Cemetery gateway are standing today. The view of the harbor was made from the landward side of the Lazaretto.

Look at Baltimore in 1853

Take a look at this print from 1853. It shows the city of Baltimore as it looked 160+ years ago. Source: Digital Maryland
Lubins Theatre

Lubins Theatre in 1910

Here is a beautiful old photo of the Lubins Theatre, which I believe is on the 400 block of East Baltimore St. You can read a little more about it here and here. Source: Library of...
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
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 Historical Society
Baltimore in 1904

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

Lord Baltimore’s Map of Maryland in 1732

This is a really old, 1732 map of Maryland and neighboring states by the namesake of Charm City, Lord Baltimore. Source: University of Pittsburgh Darlington Digital Library
1905 map of Baltimore

Detailed 1905 Map of Baltimore

What a terrific old map. This one is from 1905. Source: Johns Hopkins Sheridan Library
naked dancing dude

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 man rushed...

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. Take a...
Marburg & Bros. warehouse

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 fifth floor...
Gino's advertisement

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. Gino’s Hamburgers...
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.

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 of Baltimore...
proposed 20 million gallon reservoir for Baltimore

Map of Proposed 20 Billion Gallon Reservoir

This is a cool map that we found in The Baltimore Sun, from Thursday, November 5th, 1908. The initial funding of $5 million that year provided for building the dams necessary for the Loch Raven Reservoir. Source:...
Baltimore Century Theatre

Century Theatre on West Lexington

Here’s a picture of one of the many popular Century Theatres located in Baltimore before the 1950s.The theatres lined the blocks of Lexington, Charles and Cathedral St.Unfortunately, the theatres were torn down in the 1960s and...