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Old Ads & Classifieds

These are old ads and classifieds from Baltimore newspapers.

Baltimore's downtown week in 1948

Baltimore’s Downtown Week in October 1948

Here’s a cool old advertisement that we dug up in the Sunday edition of The Baltimore Sun from October 17th, 1948. It’s a program spurred on by Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro — also known as the father of...
Oyster luggers at the docks, Baltimore, MD

Oyster Luggers at the Docks

This great old photo is the perfect Baltimore way to kick off the new year for the blog. Happy 2018 to you all! Source: Library of Congress
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...
Photo shows cafe at 626 E. Baltimore Street and store at 628 E. Baltimore Street (Source: Baltimore Sun, Nov. 27, 1939, p. 14)

Check Out East Baltimore Street in 1939

This cool old photo shows the 600 block of East Baltimore Street back in April of 1939. Click on it to see more details. Source: Library of Congress Here is the same view today on Google...
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Camden Station, South side of Camden Street between Eutaw & Howard Streets, Baltimore, Independent City, MD

Where Is This Near Camden Yards?

This photo. probably between 1970 and 1980 was taken near the intersect of Camden and Eutaw Streets right next to Camden Yards. I can’t quite figure out the perspective here. Can someone share exactly where this...
October 30th, 1909 real estate advertisement

Where is This in 1909 Baltimore?

Does anyone recognize where this would be today? This advertisement is for real estate back in 1909 in The Baltimore Sun. Source: Proquest

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...
Baltimore Sun - December 30th, 1839

Reward: Strayed or Stolen Horse

Here’s an interesting old advertisement that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun. This was printed on December 30th, 1839.
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...
Titanic advertisement 1912

Advertisements to Sail on the Titanic

Now this is totally fascinating. This is an advertisement that we found in The Baltimore Sun printed on February 13th, 1912. And, as you can see, it’s for the voyage that Titanic never made from New York,...
Camels advertisement

Camels, So Mild You Can Smoke All You Want!

Great! They’re so mild, they don’t get your wind … so smoke ’em if you got ’em!
Baltimore Sun advertisement

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 Sun ad - 1869

Advertisement: Are You Suffering With Diarrhea? (1869)

1869 was not a good time to be suffering from Diarrhea (no time is good really). Well, if you were suffering back then, this would have been one of your solutions.
Peabody Conservatory of Music advertisement

Ad for Peabody Conservatory in 1906

Here’s an old advertisement from The Washington Post, printed on September 6th, 1909.
October 24th, 1938 classifieds

Apartment Listings 75 Years Ago Today

Looking to rent an apartment in Baltimore 75 years ago? Check out these prices from the classifieds section in The Baltimore Sun. Do you see any addresses that you recognize?
Baltimore Sun advertisement October 22nd, 1853

Giles’ European Hotel Advertisement (1853)

Here’s an old advertisement from 160 years ago today, printed in The Baltimore Sure. This is for the Giles’ European Hotel at 124 Baltimore Street.
Catonsville home advertisement

Catonsville Home for $57 Monthly Payments

This is an ad that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun from January 7th, 1951.
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
Occident Federal advertisement - 1964

1964 Occident Federal Mortgage Advertisement

This is an advertisement for Occident Federal, printed in The Baltimore Sun on July 2nd, 1964. They were offering mortgages up to 80% of the property value and a maximum of 25 years. In the heyday of...
Severna Park advertisement in 1909

1909 Advertisement for Severna Park

We’re doing some late night browsing of old classifieds and came across this cool one from 1909. It was printed in the Baltimore Sun on Sunday, April 11th.