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Old Ads & Classifieds

These are old ads and classifieds from Baltimore newspapers.

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 in D.C. the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. Here’s...
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.
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 a massage parlor on Mulberry St.
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).
Baltimore Sun advertisement

For Sale: Lager Beer Saloon on Thames

This is cool. In the May 10th, 1865 edition of the Baltimore Sun, this advertisement ran for the sale of a saloon at 98 Thames St. The streets have since been renumbered, but this is between...
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 is an old ad we dug up for the vehicle. The dealer...

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.

1981 Boog Powell Miller Lite Commercial

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