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Baltimore in the 1910s

Cruising the Baltimore Streets in a Jitney

Photograph taken of a loaded jitney bus traveling east on Fayette Street at its intersection with Gay Street in Baltimore, Maryland. One passenger each is standing on the rear and side footboards. A streetcar...

Baltimore View From Emerson Tower

This lovely old image shows Charm City as seem from Emerson Tower in the 1910s. Click on it for greater detail. Source: Library of Congress

Then and Now: Howard St. and Saratoga St.

Photograph taken looking north at tracklaying on Howard Street at its intersection with Saratoga Street in Baltimore, Maryland. On the northwest corner at number 300 North Howard Street is Chas. Willms & Co., manufacturers...

Amazing Lost Baltimore Streetcars

Incredible series of photos from 1915 showing Baltimore streetcars across the city. Published by the president of the United Railways & Electric Company.
Homewood Apartment Building

Homewood Apartment Building at E 31st St. and N Charles St.

This cool old photo shows the Homewood Apartment Building at East 31st Street and North Charles Street, taken sometime in the 1910s. Source: Flickr & UMBC Digital Collections Now take a look at what it...
Annapolis, Maryland, 1917. "Graduation exercises, U.S. Naval Academy." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Naval Academy Graduation in 1917

This great old photo shows graduation festivities at the Naval Academy back in 1917. What a stunning photo. Source: Shorpy This was also cross-posted on our sister-site, Cool Old Photos.
The Democratic advocate., October 05, 1917, Maryland Industrial Progress

1917 Map of Baltimore’s Waterfront Industries

Check out this fascinating old map of Baltimore’s waterfront industries from almost 100 years ago. Click on it for more details. Source: Library of Congress
View of the corner of Baltimore and Liberty Streets. It was named McLane Place for Robert McClane, who was mayor of Baltimore at the time of great 1904 fire, and subsequently committed suicide. The name change did not last, and the location is now the crossing of Baltimore and Liberty Streets again. The monument to the left is that of John Mifflin Hood (1843-1906), a lieutenant in the Confederate Army, later president of Western Maryland Railroad (1874-1902). The sculpture was relocated to Preston Gardens in 1963. The store on the right is Baltimore Bargain House (later American Wholesale Corporation), a firm established by Jacob Epstein (1864-1945). Also in view is an early billboard advertisement boasting, "Pays to advertise with electric signs. Get yours now."

Corner of Baltimore and Liberty Streets in 1914

Check out this great old postcard of Baltimore from 1914. It shows what was then called McLane Place, now the intersection of Baltimore and Liberty Streets. It was named for former mayor of Baltimore,...
Lubins Theatre

Lubins Theatre in 1910

Here is a beautiful old photo of the Lubins Theatre, which I believe is on the 400 block of East Baltimore St. You can read a little more about it here and here. Source:...
Baltimore waterfront

Photos of Baltimore Waterfront in the 1910s

Here’s a great series of photos of the Baltimore waterfront from the early 20th century. Source: Library of Congress
Biddle Alley, ca. 1911. Baltimore, Maryland. Subject Vertical File, Baltimore City, Streets. Featured in Housing Conditions in Baltimore: Report of a Special Committee of the Association for the Improvement of the Condition of the Poor and the Charity Organization Society, Submitting Results of an Investigation by Janet E. Kemp

Baltimore Alley Dwelling in 1911

Here is a great old photo from the Maryland Historical Society. This is a terrific resource, and you should think about donating to them to help support preserving Baltimore and Maryland history. Source: Maryland...
1916 view of the Deutschland

Photo of World War I German U-Boat Visiting Baltimore Harbor

Remember the post we did a while ago about the German sub that visited Baltimore Harbor during World War I? It was the Deutschland in 1916, before the U.S. entered the war. Here is another great photo...
glass of whisky

Prohibition-Era “Whisky Special” Train to Washington

Continuing the Prohibition theme for this week, here’s an article that we dug up from The Baltimore Sun, printed on November 28th, 1918. Remember that Prohibition started earlier in D.C. with President Wilson signing the Sheppard Act into law,...
Baltimore Sun headline

Accident Cuts Brakeman’s Body in Two

You read that correctly. This is a ghastly accident that we read about in The Baltimore Sun, printed on May 8th, 1911. Falling between freight cars being switched in the lower yards at Locust Point,...

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 was razed. It still sits as an empty lot today....

1910 Trolley Map of Baltimore and Suburbs … Wow

Wow. This is amazing. Click on it for a much larger version. Source: Johns Hopkins Sheridan Library

Film Footage of Teddy Roosevelt in Baltimore

Check this out. It shows Teddy Roosevelt in Baltimore on September 28th, 1918 for the fourth Liberty Loan campaign at the old Oriole Baseball Park. He’s wearing a mourning armband for his son Quentin,...
Titanic advertisement 1912

Advertisements to Sail on the Titanic

Now this is totally fascinating. This is an advertisement that we found in The Baltimore Sun printed on February 13th, 1912. And, as you can see, it’s for the voyage that Titanic never made from...
A street full of Baltimore immigrants lined up and ready to start for the country to the berry farms. Wolfe Street, near Canton Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. Courtesy of Maryland Child Labor Committee. Location: Baltimore, Maryland.

Photo of Immigrants Tells a Story

We’re kicking off a cool new series of posts called “Pictures Tell a Story” to study some old photos and see what we observe. Below is our first one, which shows a large group...
Water filtration plant at Montabello, Baltimore, Md.

Beautiful 1914 Panorama of Montabello Filtration Plant

What a cool panoramic shot. Now quite as cool as this one, but pretty cool. Make sure you click on it to view a larger version. Source: Library of Congress
Roland Park plat 5 - pg 6

Detailed Map of Roland Park from 1911

Check out these great old plats of Roland Park from November 8th, 1911. Source: Maryland State Archives
Two McNultys

Meet the Real Officer McNulty

Digging through The Baltimore Sun archives, we came across something awesome … another policeman named McNulty! Much like the famed Ghosts of DC hero, Officer Sprinkle, Officer McNulty was a local micro-celebrity. Unlike the alcoholic,...

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
Catonsville, Maryland, C. 1915. These no-nonsense chaps manned streetcars for the Baltimore Traction company. In those days, two-man crews were the norm, with a motorman at the tiller and a conductor to collect tickets and to be the first line of customer service. The car's signage references Hillen, York, and Frederick Roads, all of which still exist today in the city of Baltimore. Without additional documentation, it's not clear exactly how a streetcar would traverse those as part of one route.

Catonsville Streetcar Men Circa 1915

Here’s an old photo of men that manned the Baltimore streetcars back around 1915.
Aliceanna St.

Haunted House on Aliceanna Street

Here’s a tale of a real haunted house. We don’t normally write about real ghosts, just the metaphorical ones, but every now and then, we’ll come across something to share. This is an article,...
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...
advertisement for the American Radiator Company - September 11th, 1913

Old Ad for American Radiator Company

How about one final advertisement for this Thursday? Here’s a cool old advertisement that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun from 1913.
Bromo-Seltzer Emerson Tower

Three Stories About Emerson Tower

Similar to an old post we did for Ghosts of DC on the Washington Monument, here’s a post which includes three stories about Baltimore’s Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower. 1. Crushed to death by rack of...
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...
1913 Baltimore Orioles

Babe Ruth’s First Professional Game; Plays Shortstop for the Orioles

This is a cool old baseball photo. It’s the 1913 Baltimore Orioles with Babe Ruth, pictured on the right. We did a little more digging and it appears (according to Wikipedia) that Ruth didn’t...
1912 photo of the Fifth Regimental Armory

1912 Baltimore DNC Convention at Night

In 1912, the Democratic National Convention was held in Baltimore at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Here’s a great old photo from that period of the building being lit up at night. Source: Library of...
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....

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.
Photograph of the Inspection of Bananas in Baltimore, Maryland (1910)

Unloading and Inspecting Banana Shipments

This looks like it’s probably early 20th century, circa 1910. We dug this one up at the National Archives. Source: U.S. National Archives
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...
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
Circa 1912. "Baltimore from the Emerson tower." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Amazing 1912 Skyline Shot of Baltimore

This is an awesome skyline shot of the city. Click on the image for a larger version. You can see some incredible details. Source: Shorpy
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