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Maryland Crab House: 1938

Maryland Crab House: 1938

July 1938. "House in Negro section of Baltimore, Maryland." Crabs and clams to go, please. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.


Don't Forget

Oysters from the Cheasapeake Bay, they are slowly coming back. Good eating. Save The Bay!

"Negro section"

According to the 2010 census, Baltimore ranks 5th, at 64%, among U.S. cities with the highest African-American populations. There is a long and rich culinary tradition here, with crabcakes being perhaps the most famous.

Old Bumper Sticker

"Virginia Is For Lovers"

"Maryland Is For Crabs"

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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