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October 30th, 1926: Navy vs. Michigan

Cool! Check out this old advertisement from the Baltimore Sun advertising the Navy vs. Michigan football game on October 30th, 1926. Navy was 5-0 and Michigan was 4-0 when they played in Baltimore. Michigan was heavily favored,...
1881 map of Baltimore

1882 map of Baltimore With New Wards

Check out this cool map we dug up in the Johns Hopkins archives. It’s an 1882 map of the city outlining the new wards and precincts. Source: Johns Hopkins
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...
1912 photo of the Fifth Regimental Armory

1912 Baltimore DNC Convention at Night

In 1912, the Democratic National Convention was held in Baltimore at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Here’s a great old photo from that period of the building being lit up at night. Source: Library of Congress
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).

Oprah on WJZ-13 Baltimore in 1983

This is an old clip of Oprah during her Baltimore TV days interviewing some dude named Herman Darvick — who apparently has a LinkedIn profile — to talk about autograph seeking. This was taped on October...
Pennsylvania Railroad grain elevator in Canton, Baltimore

Pennsylvania Railroad Grain Elevator in Canton

This is an old photograph of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s grain elevator in Canton, taken February 1st, 1921. Source: AOK Library & Gallery, UMBC, Flickr
portrait of John Wilkes Booth

Original Ad For John Wilkes Booth’s Acting Debut

This is absolutely amazing. We found the original advertisement in the Baltimore Sun for John Wilkes Booth’s acting debut in Richard III. The play was at the Charles Street Theatre on Tuesday, August 14th, 1855.  
Baltimore streetcars

Cool Video of Baltimore Streetcars in 1960

At it’s peak in 1929, Baltimore’s streetcar system had over 400 miles of track. Sadly, like all great American cities, the system was shut down in November 1963 in favor of a bus system. Watch this...
Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1905. "Unloading banana steamer." A teeming scene that calls to mind the paintings of Brueghel, if Brueghel ever did bananas. Note the damage from the Great Fire of 1904.

Baltimore Banana Steamer in 1905

Here’s an odd photo from 1905 showing a ship pulling into Baltimore harbor with a load of bananas. Source: Shorpy