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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.
Baltimore Medical College (1908)

Baltimore Medical College in 1908

This is a great old image of the Baltimore Medical College as it looked in 1908. Source: National Institutes of Medicine
aftermath of 1904 Baltimore fire

Incredible Panoramic Photo of 1904 Baltimore Fire

This is a great shot of the horrible devastation of the 1904 fire that ripped through the city. Click on it for greater details. Source: Library of Congress
Baltimore Basilica

Great Old Photo of the Baltimore Basilica

What do you think of this old photo? I’m not sure when it’s from, but it’s likely somewhere around the 1900s. Source: New York Public Library

Baltimore Street Parade in 1916

Here’s a photo from 1916, showing a parade down Baltimore St. from Holliday St. Source: Shorpy
Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, Baltimore. 1941. "Between the ways of this large Eastern shipyard run tracks for flatcars carrying materials or sections to be hoisted onto the deck of Liberty ships under construction."

Great Photo of Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards in 1941

Source: Shorpy This is a terrific old photo from just before World War II.
Towson home advertisement

Towson Ranch Home for $19,800

Here’s an advertisement that we found in The Baltimore Sun, printed on January 7th, 1951. Source: Baltimore Sun
The Catonsville Junction was the terminus for the Baltimore Traction Company's streetcar lines 8, 9, and 14. On this 1950s summer day, a light grey over pencil-yellow Pullman-built PCC (Presidential Car Commission) streetcar departs southbound on the private, quarter mile right-of-way that emptied onto Frederick Road and continued eastward into the city of Baltimore. The little Belgian block gabled structure on the right is still there today, as are the houses in the center rear. The Amoco structure has been replaced by a modern Seven-Eleven convenience store.

Catonsville Junction in the 1950s

This is an excellent old photo of Catonsville Junction, the terminus of the old Baltimore Traction Company’s streetcar lines. Source: Shorpy

Visit of President Polk to Baltimore

James K. Polk isn’t exactly the most memorable president. That said, this is an article that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun from June 21st, 1847. Polk was en route to visit Baltimore by train from...
Baltimore Sun - January 7th, 1850

Baltimore Penitentiary Statistics in 1850

This is an absolutely fascinating article that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun. It shows statistics for prisoners in the penitentiary.
Fallsway 1950s

Downtown at Fallsway in the 1950s

What a cool photo. We dug this one up on Flickr. Source: petespix75

Elvis Presley Concert at Baltimore Civic Center (1977)

Elvis Presley came to Baltimore in 1977. See great old photos and a video of his performance.
Bromo-Seltzer Emerson Tower

Three Stories About Emerson Tower

Similar to an old post we did for Ghosts of DC on the Washington Monument, here’s a post which includes three stories about Baltimore’s Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower. 1. Crushed to death by rack of iron Here’s...
Roland Park plan

Roland Park: Most Fashionable and Pretentious Suburb

What is the history of Roland Park near Baltimore, Maryland? Take a look at some of the early neighborhood plans from the 1900s.
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.
Tindeco ad in 1923

Girls! Girls! Girls! Good Wages. Steady Work.

What an eye-catching advertisement in the old classifieds of the Baltimore Sun. This is from February 26th, 1923, advertising jobs for the Tin Decorating Company of Baltimore (Tindeco).
Baltimore Sun headline

Three Men Get Life Sentences for Thames Street Firebomb Deaths

This is a crazy story, and I’m sure it’s been lost to history. This is an article that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun from October 5th, 1947.  Three men yesterday were sentenced to life...
Cal Ripken breaks Gehrig's record (Baltimore Sun)

Cal Ripken Breaks Lou Gehrig’s Record

This is one of the greatest moments in all of sports history. If you’re an Orioles fan, it needs no introduction. This is the full game against the Angels on September 6th, 1995, but it skips...
Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1917. "Union Station showing Charles Street and Jones Falls." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

1917 Photo of Union Station

Here’s a great photo we sug up showing Baltimore’s Union Station in 1917. Source: Shorpy
July 1938. "Man who lives in row house. Baltimore, Maryland." Walkies, anyone? Photo by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration.

Fat Guy and Little Dog

What an amazing photo. Too many bowls of spaghetti for this dude. Sweet pipe though. Source: Shorpy