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Baltimore in the 1970s

What was 1970s Baltimore like? Great photos and stories from Baltimore in the 1970s.

By the 1970s new problems had surfaced. Formerly white schools had become mostly black schools, though whites still made up most of the faculty and administration. Worse, the school system had become dependent on federal funding. In 1974, these circumstances led to two dramatic incidents. A teachers’ strike highlighted the city’s unwillingness to raise teachers’ salaries because a hike in property taxes would further alienate white residents. A second crisis revolved around a federally mandated desegregation plan that also threatened to alienate the remaining white residents.

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.
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Camden Station, South side of Camden Street between Eutaw & Howard Streets, Baltimore, Independent City, MD

Where Is This Near Camden Yards?

This photo. probably between 1970 and 1980 was taken near the intersect of Camden and Eutaw Streets right next to Camden Yards. I can’t quite figure out the perspective here. Can someone share exactly...
Baltimore Penn Station

1977 Aerial Photos of Baltimore Penn Station

Check out this great series of photos, taken of Baltimore Penn Station in 1977. Source: Library of Congress
plane crash at Memorial Stadium 1976

Plane Crashes Into Memorial Stadium

Donald Kroner crashed a plane into Baltimore's Memorial Stadium in 1976 after a Colts vs. Steelers game. Nobody was injured, but it made for a crazy story the next day.
East Baltimore residents

East Baltimore Front Stoop

What a cool old photo from 1975. This is a group of older residents of East Baltimore hanging out on their front stoops. Any idea where this is? Diggin’ the shoes on that guy...
ice cream and soda shop

Help Identify This Ice Cream and Soda Shop From 1975

GoBmore! We need your help. Can you identify this photograph? Who’s the guy? The photo was taken in 1975 and the only hint I found was that it’s from East Baltimore. Source: Smithsonian
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

Elvis Presley Concert at Baltimore Civic Center (1977)

Elvis Presley came to Baltimore in 1977. See great old photos and a video of his performance.
Baltimore map from 1978

Neighborhoods Map Baltimore in 1978

This is a cool map from 1978. It shows the neighborhoods of the city. Source: Johns Hopkins
Maryland National Bank

Remember the Maryland National Bank Building?

In the days before the magic of green screens and Doppler weather forecasting, people with a view of the Baltimore skyline had another method for determining the next day’s weather – the color-changing letters...
Cal Ripken Jr. high school photo - 1978

O’s No. 2 Draft Pick, Ripken, Fans 17 in 1978 Championship

Here’s a really cool article from the days before Cal Ripken Jr. as an Oriole. This article was printed on June 8th, 1978 Largo–Just one day after being chosen in major league baseball’s free-agent...
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
Frank Zappa

Three People You Didn’t Know Were From Baltimore

For our inaugural Baltimore “Three Things …” post, we are going to highlight three people whom you might not know were from Charm City. 1. David Abercrombie Yes, that’s right. The dude responsible for...