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Old Ads & Classifieds

These are old ads and classifieds from Baltimore newspapers.

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
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.

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...

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....
ad for carriages, wagons, etc

Advertisement for Carriages, Wagons, Etc.

Need a carriage from a local Baltimore dealer? Here's an ad you would have seen in the Baltimore Sun on December 22nd, 1890.

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...
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...
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...
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.  
Baltimore Sun advertisement 1850

Ad for Steamship to Panama and on to California (1850)

Below is an interesting advertisement that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun, printed on Tuesday, October 8th, 1850. The ad is for the...

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.
Maryland Historical Society - April 4th, 1844

April 4th, 1844: Maryland Historical Society Meeting

The Maryland Historical Society is going to love this (BTW, we love them). We were digging through some really old issues of the Baltimore Sun...
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...
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...