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Great Early 1900s Photos of Roland Park

Here are some terrific old photographs that we stumbled across in the Smithsonian archives. They show the old homes in Roland Park sometime between 1900 and 1920. Source: Smithsonian Can you identify some of these homes?
Baltimore waterfront

Cool Views of Waterfront in 1938

These are great old photos of the Baltimore waterfront from 1938. Thanks to the Library of Congress for these. Source: Library of Congress
eet in slum area. Baltimore, Maryland

Street Scene in Baltimore Slum

This photo from the Library of Congress is from 1938 and was labeled as a slum area in Baltimore. Any idea where this is? Source: Library of Congress
Baltimore, Maryland. Restaurant sign on Baltimore street (1939)

Fried Scrapple for 15 Cents!

Here’s a cool old photo taken in April of 1939. It shows restaurant signs on Baltimore St. Some pretty good prices! Source: Library of Congress
Baltimore in 1837

What Baltimore Looked Like in 1837

This is pretty cool. It’s a drawing that we dug up at the Library of Congress, showing Baltimore as it looked back in 1837. Source: Library of Congress
Postcard showing baseball players seated and standing in stadium.

1909 Baltimore Orioles Team Photo

This is an awesome old photo. Check it out … it’s the 1909 Baltimore Orioles. Source: Library of Congress

Baltimore Street Parade in 1916

Here’s a photo from 1916, showing a parade down Baltimore St. from Holliday St. Source: Shorpy
Catonsville Junction, 1910. Rudolph Diehlmann poses before his lunchroom establishment. While crying out for some landscaping, the site's amenities include a pay phone. Tracks on the left are the Baltimore Traction Company's No. 14 streetcar line, pointing east toward Baltimore.

Rudolph Diehlmann’s Lunchroom in Catonsville

We looked up Diehlmann in the 1920 U.S. Census and it had him living on Smithwood Ave., probably near the today’s intersection with Edmondson Ave. Source: Ancestry.com
Bernard J. "Boompy" Logue of 2527 E. Monument St. in Baltimore, MD, about 1920, on his home made bicycle.

Baltimore’s Homemade Bicycle Circa 1920

Now this is a resourceful young man. The young man is Bernard Logue of 2527 E. Monument St. It appears that the image below is similar to the Google Street View, but we can’t quite determine...
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