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This double-ended, 1918 vintage Baltimore Traction Company Brill streetcar has just begun its in-bound journey from Ellicott City, Maryland, heading east to Baltimore on the No. 9 line. Positioned here at 8304 Main Street, car 5706 is about to plunge down a fairly steep grade (about 5%) that bottoms out at the Patapsco River crossing seen here. It must climb a longer but less arduous slope on the other side.

Ellicott City Trolley (1955)

Here are a couple cool old photos that we dug up on Shorpy. It’s a vintage 1910s streetcar running in 1955. Source: Shorpy Source: Shorpy
July 1909. Baltimore, Md. "One of the small boys in J.S. Farrand Packing Co. and a heavy load. J.W. Magruder, witness." Photo: Lewis Wickes Hine.

Wow. Amazing Photo of Barefoot Boy at Packing Plant

Whoa, this is an incredible old photo from 1909. Unfortunately, this is a nameless, shoeless boy. I wonder what ever became of this guy. Source: Shorpy
Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, Baltimore. 1941. "Between the ways of this large Eastern shipyard run tracks for flatcars carrying materials or sections to be hoisted onto the deck of Liberty ships under construction."

Great Photo of Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards in 1941

Source: Shorpy This is a terrific old photo from just before World War II.
Baltimore city directory - 1799

So Cool! 1799 City Directory for Baltimore

How cool is this? If you’re older than probably 30, you remember actually using a paper phonebook. Well, here’s a fascinating city directory that we dug up from 1799. It was printed by Warner & Hanna...
Baltimore Sun - January 7th, 1850

Baltimore Penitentiary Statistics in 1850

This is an absolutely fascinating article that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun. It shows statistics for prisoners in the penitentiary.
Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1905. "A chestnut vendor." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

The Baltimore Chestnut Vendor

Rich guys on the right. Regular folks on the left. What a fascinating image of the past. Where is this taken?
Baltimore MTA bus

Baltimore MTA bus in the 1970s

Check out this old school shot of an MTA bus at Howard and Centre. Source: Kevin Mueller
1970 BPD Ford

1970 Baltimore Police Department

Check out this retro photo of a 1970 Baltimore Police Department car. Source: Flickr user COPCAR1
"Baltimore Fire of 1904. General view of South Baltimore." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

Evening Photo Share: 1904 Baltimore Fire Devastation

We haven’t posted an evening photo in a while, so if you’re at happy hour (still), or resting on the couch at home, here’s an interesting and sad photo for you to get lost in. It’s...
Peabody Institute in 1902

Photo of the Peabody Institute in 1902

Here is a great old photo from 1902 of the Peabody Institute. Source: Library of Congress
B&O Railroad Warehouse

A Video of the Area Before Camden Yards

We posted some cool old photos of the area during construction last week. Here's a great video that we dug up from around the same time.
Hotel Kernan & Maryland Theatre

Wow. Amazing Photo of Hotel Kernan in 1906

This is such an incredible photo. It shows Hotel Kernan and Maryland Theatre in 1906. Source: Library of Congress
Pennsylvania Railroad grain elevator in Canton, Baltimore

Pennsylvania Railroad Grain Elevator in Canton

This is an old photograph of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s grain elevator in Canton, taken February 1st, 1921. Source: AOK Library & Gallery, UMBC, Flickr
sunset over Ft. McHenry in 1906

Sunset Over Fort McHenry in 1906

What a great photo to end our first week. This is a shot of a sailboat in the foreground and Ft. McHenry in the background in 1906. Source: Library of Congress
Mt. Vernon Place in 1906

Another Great Photo of Mt. Vernon Place

Like the one we posted earlier this week, here’s another great photo of Mt. Vernon Place. Source: Library of Congress
1862 view of Baltimore

1862 View of Baltimore From the North

This is a print from 1862 showing the view of Baltimore from the north. Source: Library of Congress
Baltimore Harbor in 1912

Incredible Panorama of Baltimore Harbor in 1912

I just love these old photos. This one is amazing. It shows Baltimore Harbor in 1912. Source: Library of Congress
Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1917. "Union Station showing Charles Street and Jones Falls." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

1917 Photo of Union Station

Here’s a great photo we sug up showing Baltimore’s Union Station in 1917. Source: Shorpy
"Row houses, Baltimore, June 1940." Medium format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

Great 1940s Photo of Row Houses

Can we get a little help identifying this block? Anyone out there recognize this? Source: Shorpy
Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1905. "Unloading banana steamer." A teeming scene that calls to mind the paintings of Brueghel, if Brueghel ever did bananas. Note the damage from the Great Fire of 1904.

Baltimore Banana Steamer in 1905

Here’s an odd photo from 1905 showing a ship pulling into Baltimore harbor with a load of bananas. Source: Shorpy