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These are the best posts from Ghosts of Baltimore, the lost and untold history of Baltimore.

Amazing 1970s Video of Baltimore

You have to check this one out. We uncovered it on YouTube (of course). Mostly video of Baltimore, but a little or New York as well.

Lovely 1920s Film Footage of Baltimore’s Pigtown

Some incredible film footage of Baltimore in the 1920s. Don't miss this one.
Historic American Buildings Survey, From an old photo, DISTANT VIEW (Left to right, Church at Calvert and Pleasant Streets and First Unitarian Church, Charles and Franklin Streets) - Washington Monument, Mount Vernon Place & Washington, Baltimore, Independent City, MD

Baltimore Skyline in the 1870s

Here’s a photo which appears to be from some time in the 19th century. Source: Library of Congress Here’s another great city skyline shot from 1912.
German U-Boat Deutschland (1916)

German U-Boat Deutschland Arrives in Baltimore (1916)

This is a pretty interesting piece of history. In July 1916, the German Merchant Marine U-Boat Deutschland arrived in Baltimore. Source: Kevin Mueller The submarine Deutschland arrived in port on July 9th, 1916, with captain Paul...
1912 bird's-eye view of Baltimore

Incredibly Detailed 1912 Bird’s-Eye View of Baltimore

Wow … you gotta love this one. It’s a drawing of Baltimore published by Norman T.A. Munder & Co. in 1912. If you like this, check out UrbanYore on Etsy. They have a couple great maps...
Trash and Old Tires Litter the Shore at the Middle Branch of Baltimore Harbor, 01/1973.

This is What Baltimore Harbor Looked Like in 1973

This is bleak. Times were tough in the 1970s. Here’s a shot of what Baltimore Harbor looked like in 1973. Source: U.S. National Archives
Map of the city and county of Baltimore, Maryland. From original surveys by J.C. Sidney, C.E.

1857 Map of the City and County of Baltimore

What a great old antebellum map of Baltimore and the county. This one is from 1857 and we dug it up at the Library of Congress. Source: Library of Congress
1801 Warner & Hanna map of Baltimore

1801 Plan of the City and Environs of Baltimore

What an incredible old map. This is Warner & Hanna’s map of the city in 1801. Source: Johns Hopkins Library
Baltimore 1938

Wow … Incredible Colorized Photo of Boy in Slums (1938)

Source: Jordan Lloyd And here’s a link to the original.
portrait of John Wilkes Booth

Original Ad For John Wilkes Booth’s Acting Debut

This is absolutely amazing. We found the original advertisement in the Baltimore Sun for John Wilkes Booth’s acting debut in Richard III. The play was at the Charles Street Theatre on Tuesday, August 14th, 1855.  
Wiessner Brewery, 1700 North Gay Street, Baltimore

Incredible Old Photo of the Wiessner Brewery

Photos like this are the reason we love doing this blog. And, what makes it even better is that the building is still around. Thank God for architectural preservation. This is a photo of the old...
Johns Hopkins hospital in 1903

Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1903

Here is another great photo from the Library of Congress. It shows the hospital at Johns Hopkins in 1903. Source: Library of Congress
Complete circle view of Baltimore from the Emerson Tower in 1913

Wow! 360-Degree View of Baltimore from Emerson Tower (1913)

This is amazing … just as cool as the 360-degree view of Civil War D.C. from the Capitol Dome. It’s a full 360-degree panorama taken in 1913 from the top of Emerson Tower. Click on it...