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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 sit-in during...
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
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...

How Bigotry and Racism Shaped Baltimore [Video Series]

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

Terrific Drawing of Johns Hopkins Hospital

This is a great drawing of Johns Hopkins Hospital that we found on the NIH website. Source: National Institutes of Health
Baltimore in 1837

What Baltimore Looked Like in 1837

This is pretty cool. It’s a drawing that we dug up at the Library of Congress, showing Baltimore as it looked back in 1837. Source: Library of Congress
woman trolley driver - 1943

Woman Trolley Conductor

Who is this? I wish we could do some digging to figure out, but all we know is she was one of the women trolley conductors in Baltimore during World War II. This photo was taken...
Frienship International Airport

What Was The First Flight to Land at Friendship (BWI) and Who Was the First Passenger?

Now this is some excellent trivia for you. The first flight to use the airport was Eastern Air Lines en route from Atlanta to Newark, landing just after midnight on July 24th. Source: Kilduffs Below is...
Haussners in 1937

The Famous Haussner’s Restaurant

Haussner’s Restaurant was one of Baltimore’s most famous landmarks. It was opened in 1926 by William Haussner and remained opened for the next 73 years until it closed on October 6, 1999. The restaurant was not...
Roland Park in 1961

Map of Roland Park in 1961

How much do you love maps? These are awesome. Here’s a great one that we dug up of Roland Park from 1961. Source: Johns Hopkins University
Ford ads from October 16th, 1983

Ford Ads the Day the O’s Won the World Series

We posted a video from the last out of the 1983 World Series a short time ago. Now, here are some ads from the day we closed out the Phillies. You could buy a Ford Escort...
Oriole cafeteria map of Baltimore (1947)

Oriole Map of Baltimore in 1947

These are two interesting items that we found in the Johns Hopkins archive. No, these aren’t Baltimore Orioles baseball maps. There used to be a few Oriole Cafeterias in the city between 1922 and 1975. The...
shoe store advertisement

Cheapest Shoe Store in the City

Here’s another great advertisement that we dug up, this time from January 8th, 1844 in the Baltimore Sun. The shoe store was located at Eutaw and Lexington St.
Maryland National Bank

Remember the Maryland National Bank Building?

In the days before the magic of green screens and Doppler weather forecasting, people with a view of the Baltimore skyline had another method for determining the next day’s weather – the color-changing letters on top...
The Oriental Massage Parlor

The Oriental Massage Parlor

Now this is where you wanted to go and get a massage back in 1923. Here’s an old ad from the Baltimore Sun promoting a massage parlor on Mulberry St.
Memorial Stadium

30 Years Ago: Amazing O’s Comeback Against Milwaukee

Exactly 30 years ago today, the Baltimore Orioles played a day game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Memorial Stadium, in front of 35,804 depressed fans. Why were they depressed? Jim Palmer, then 37 years old, was...
Photograph of the Inspection of Bananas in Baltimore, Maryland (1910)

Unloading and Inspecting Banana Shipments

This looks like it’s probably early 20th century, circa 1910. We dug this one up at the National Archives. Source: U.S. National Archives
Circa 1900. "Baltimore City Hall." Rising behind a web of wires. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Great Photo of Baltimore City Hall in 1900

Check out this awesome photo of city hall in 1900. Click on it for some great details. Source: Shorpy
"Row houses, Baltimore, June 1940." Medium format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

Great 1940s Photo of Row Houses

Can we get a little help identifying this block? Anyone out there recognize this? Source: Shorpy