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Stories about famous people and places in 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:...
The 804-foot-long dirigible Hindenburg, the "Titanic of the Skies," soars above the Bromo-Seltzer Tower on its way to Lakehurst (N.J.) Naval Air Station on August 11, 1936. Nine months later, it would explode at Lakehurst, killing 35 passengers and crew. (Baltimore Sun)

Photo of Hindenburg Flying Over Baltimore in 1936

This is an incredible photo from 1936, showing the Hindenburg floating over Baltimore. Nine months later came the horrific accident in New Jersey. Make sure you share this one with family and friends on Facebook. Source:...
Batterin' Babe - Look At Him Now

Batterin’ Babe … Look at Him Now

Here’s a cool image we found at the Library of Congress. It’s a print of a song written in honor of Baltimore’s native son, George Herman “Babe” Ruth.
Two McNultys

Meet the Real Officer McNulty

Digging through The Baltimore Sun archives, we came across something awesome … another policeman named McNulty! Much like the famed Ghosts of DC hero, Officer Sprinkle, Officer McNulty was a local micro-celebrity. Unlike the alcoholic, womanizing, tragic...

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...

Three Bad First-Round Picks by the Orioles

Okay, sorry to do this … but, here’s one more post highlighting the failures of the O’s. We were an awesome team in 1996 and 1997, but then over a decade of mediocrity driven by terrible...

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.
Maryland Casualty clock tower in the distance (1950s)

The Maryland Casualty Clock Tower

Is there something so identifiable with a city that, when you visit, you just have to see it? Such as New York and the Statue of Liberty or Philadelphia and the William Penn statue. See the...
Cal Ripken Jr. high school photo - 1978

O’s No. 2 Draft Pick, Ripken, Fans 17 in 1978 Championship

Here’s a really cool article from the days before Cal Ripken Jr. as an Oriole. This article was printed on June 8th, 1978 Largo–Just one day after being chosen in major league baseball’s free-agent draft, Aberdeen’s...
1958 MLB All-Start game

1958 MLB All-Star Game at Memorial Stadium

The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held in Baltimore was in 1958, four seasons after the Orioles arrived in town. The American League came out on top 4-3 that game, on July 8th,...
1913 Baltimore Orioles

Babe Ruth’s First Professional Game; Plays Shortstop for the Orioles

This is a cool old baseball photo. It’s the 1913 Baltimore Orioles with Babe Ruth, pictured on the right. We did a little more digging and it appears (according to Wikipedia) that Ruth didn’t sign with...
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

1981 Boog Powell Miller Lite Commercial

Amazing. What more can I say about this old commercial.

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...
Booth family home on N. Exeter St.

John Wilkes Booth’s Family on North Exeter Street

We came across a great find in the 1850 U.S. Census. John Wilkes Booth’s famous acting family lived in Baltimore, splitting time there with their home in Bel Air. John’s father Junius, was a noted actor...
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.  

Remember Ben McDonald?

Wow, this guy’s a blast from the past.  He was good, but nowhere near the level he should have been. The first overall pick in 1989, he was extremely hyped coming out of LSU. I hate...
Ripken celebrates victory

Cal Ripken Catches Last Out of 1983 World Series

Many of you remember the glorious 1983 season when the O’s beat the Phillies to take the World Series. Let’s relive that moment by watching the video below. And this is what took place shortly after...
Mt. Vernon Square

Great Photo of Mt. Vernon Place

Here’s a cool early 20th century photograph of Mt. Vernon Place on Charles St. Source: Library of Congress
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