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Old Ads & Classifieds

These are old ads and classifieds from Baltimore newspapers.

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...
runaway slave notice - July 3rd, 1858

$200 Reward for Runaway Slave Lewis Edwards

There are so many notices like this in the newspapers back before the Civil War. The notice below is from the Baltimore Sun, printed on...
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.

Baltimore Sun Ads the Day Pearl Harbor Was Attacked

We always find the juxtaposition of normalcy within the context of historical events fascinating. We wrote a post quite some time ago about life...

1981 Boog Powell Miller Lite Commercial

Amazing. What more can I say about this old commercial. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7fZuEAm77A

Dr. Bull’s Cough Syrup Ads

Here are some ads from Dr. Bull’s Cough Syrup. Baltimore drug manufacturer, August Vogeler, acquired the medical compounds of Rev. Dr. Bull in 1873....
July 1938. "Rear of grocery store in Baltimore." Only hinting at the delights that await within. Medium format nitrate negative by John Vachon.

Countless Soda Ads (1938)

This is a photo of the back of and old grocery in 1938. Source: Shorpy
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...

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
Juy 16th, 1911 ad in the Baltimore Sun

Ad for Baltimore-Built Spoerer Car in 1911

There used to be an old car factory in Baltimore employing 74 residents. And, there was a locally built vehicle called the Spoerer. Below...
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.

1911 Advertisement for Winton Six at Mt. Royal and North Ave.

If you were looking to buy a Winton Six back in 1911, this is where you'd go.

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...
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...