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Baltimore Luggers: 1905
Baltimore circa 1905. "Oyster luggers at the docks." Panorama made from two ... View full size. Skipjacks Nice photo of Baltimore Harbor in 1905. I think the Detroit Photo Co. knew little about ... The term "lugger" was pretty much unknown around Baltimore. The boats with the masts severely inclined towards the stern are ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/19/2017 - 8:30pm -

Baltimore Luggers: 1905

Bananas to Baltimore: 1905
Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1905. "Unloading banana steamer." A teeming scene ... in 1929, as noted by an ad in my desktop copy of a 1929 Baltimore business publication marking the city's 200th anniversary: Heyser’s Oysters Baltimore’s Leading Brand The William Heyser Co. Raw Oysters 2201-09 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/08/2014 - 1:03pm -

Bananas to Baltimore: 1905

Streets of Baltimore: 1940
"Row houses, Baltimore, June 1940." Medium format safety negative by Jack Delano for the ... day It must be a workday -- no one is stoop-sitting. Baltimore was famous for marble steps on its row houses, but these look like ... Wow! There's a band date I would have liked to attend. Baltimore Row Apartments All those incredibly narrow apartments with the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/23/2012 - 6:45pm -

Streets of Baltimore: 1940

Lord Baltimore No. 6
Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Lord Baltimore Filling Station No. 6, Connecticut Avenue and Ordway Street N.W." ... the ceiling lights around the perimeter. [The Lord Baltimore stations, along with other Washington gas stations, were designed by ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/07/2012 - 10:02pm -

Lord Baltimore No. 6

Streets of Baltimore: 1906
Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1906. "The Continental Building." 8x10 inch glass ... It's remarkable that all the buildings shown on Baltimore Street and the first four complete buildings on the cross-street ... every day on my way to work. This is the intersection of Baltimore & Calvert Streets. Continental Op Dashiell Hammett worked ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/23/2012 - 6:45pm -

Streets of Baltimore: 1906

Trackless Trolley: 1943
April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Rushing to catch the trackless trolley home from work at 4 ... Collins made good use of fill-in flash for this shot. Baltimore transit Here is a link to baltimore streetcar museum: ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/30/2013 - 1:41pm -

Trackless Trolley: 1943

Streets of Baltimore: 1904
Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. "Liberty & Lombard Streets, southwest limit of ... men standing there looking at all this devastation. Baltimore Fire of 1904 Amazingly, only one person appears to have died in the fire. Press The fire was covered for the Baltimore Morning Herald by an aspiring 23 year old newspaper reporter who ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2011 - 9:11pm -

Streets of Baltimore: 1904

Roofs of Baltimore: 1912
Circa 1912. "Baltimore from the Emerson tower." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit ... on the top floor (and the Spy vs. Spy chimney) is the Baltimore Gas and Electric Building, completed in 1916. Now converted into ... tower. [Another clue would be the caption: ""Baltimore from the Emerson tower." - Dave] Hamburger & Sons I was ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/23/2012 - 6:40pm -

Roofs of Baltimore: 1912

Elks Parade: 1916
"Elks parade in Baltimore, 1916." The message on those paddle fans: "Bromo-Seltzer." Harris ... Shoe Even the sign was educational. Big deal in Baltimore Obviously, this was very popular event. A quick visit to the Elks ... organization is still going strong. Are there any Baltimore-based Shorpsters who know if this parade is still happening there? ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/23/2012 - 6:45pm -

Elks Parade: 1916

Read All About It: 1903
... Whiskey Rye Whiskey, Rye Whiskey I Crave At one time Baltimore or Maryland Rye Whiskey was the choice of many, especially before ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2012 - 5:35pm -

Read All About It: 1903

Baltimore: 1904
"Baltimore Fire of 1904. General view of South Baltimore." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size. Baltimore Fire I like old books, and found one with a firsthand account of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2011 - 9:12pm -

Baltimore: 1904

Foreign Fruits: 1905
Circa 1905. "The Basin -- Baltimore, Maryland." Panorama made from three 8x10 inch glass negatives. ... Ship & Engine Building Company at Philadelphia for the Baltimore & Philadelphia Steamboat Company (the "Ericsson Line"), founded ... killing the barge's three crewmen. The following year Baltimore's Harbor Towing Corporation bought the hull and rebuilt it as the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/12/2017 - 11:25pm -

Foreign Fruits: 1905

Club Firetrap: 1941
... free cigarettes, either. I don't recall seeing them in Baltimore, but the officers' club at Fort Meade had them too. Oddly, my ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/20/2017 - 10:27am -

Club Firetrap: 1941

Shade Tree Mechanics: 1920
... exploring the world -- anything but working on cars. Baltimore Avenue This is a fantastic photo of old PG County. Could this have been near the Bladensburg town line, on Baltimore Avenue (currently US-1A)? Way back when license plates in the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/15/2013 - 7:31pm -

Shade Tree Mechanics: 1920

Bustling Baltimore: 1917
Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1917. "Union Station showing Charles Street and ... and Boston. Still vibrant on the eve of WWI Baltimore was my childhood home. This view, dated 1917, shows a Baltimore that was still a vibrant city. Note the tenement homes, in good ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/20/2012 - 7:18pm -

Bustling Baltimore: 1917

Meats Coke Fruits: 1942
... stores from the past As a kid growing up in 1950s Baltimore, the corner stores were part of daily life. Embedded in the corners ... and a pharmacy with an oldtime soda fountain. Today, Baltimore's corner stores have been replaced by liquor stores or simply ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/16/2017 - 2:54pm -

Meats Coke Fruits: 1942

Ride the Cars: 1938
... streetcars and horsecars. I recall reading a book about Baltimore's system whereby the company refused to provide any protection beyond ... See the Streetcar Museum! And apropos of streetcars and Baltimore, I recommend their streetcar museum for anyone interested in the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/02/2017 - 9:24am -

Ride the Cars: 1938

Color Wheels: 1943
May 1943. "Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, Baltimore. Ship painters loaded on a truck." Photo by Arthur Siegel for the ... of the steering wheel. (The Gallery, Arthur Siegel, Baltimore, Cars+Trucks, WW2) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/16/2017 - 12:03pm -

Color Wheels: 1943

Scooped to Safety: 1924
... broken ankles beat getting ground up under the wheels. Baltimore passenger cars Does anybody know any history about Baltimore brand automobiles? I have information that there were about 3 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 4:36pm -

Scooped to Safety: 1924

Family Cow: 1901
Circa 1901. "Family cow -- The Firs, New Baltimore, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing ... as a "family" cow. Hatheway House One of New Baltimore's most prominent citizens, Gilbert Hatheway, built this mansion in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/24/2017 - 3:08pm -

Family Cow: 1901

Under the El: 1940
... section. I remember the local neighborhood taverns in Baltimore would have those signs and alternate entrances which no self ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/09/2011 - 10:51am -

Under the El: 1940

The Firs: 1901
Circa 1901. "The Firs -- New Baltimore, Michigan, from west." Our fourth look at this summer resort, where ... concerning delisting The Firs Historic District, New Baltimore. Page eight contains four pictures of the building prior to ... the Hatheway House, located at 36240 24 Mile Road in New Baltimore. The Firs, originally called the Hatheway House, was a brick ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/21/2014 - 10:16am -

The Firs: 1901

Bird's Eye Baltimore: 1906
Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1906. "Looking up North Charles Street from ... Love this, it's so rich in detail. I've never been to Baltimore, but doing a virtual walkabout on street view seems to indicate that ... a similar view today, from Wikipedia: (The Gallery, Baltimore, DPC) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/27/2014 - 10:49am -

Bird's Eye Baltimore: 1906

Charm City: 1903
Circa 1903. "Baltimore from Federal Hill." A freight terminal (O'Donnell's Wharf) and the ... Brother Mathias who taught him the game of baseball. Baltimore Rocks The powerplant across the Inner Harbor still exists, now as ... bends around from west to south. The National Aquarium in Baltimore now occupies the space where Pier B's two buildings are, as well as ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 3:09pm -

Charm City: 1903

Dead Man's Curve: 1920
1920. "Dead Man's Curve. Baltimore tour." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass ... Location? Does anybody know where this is located in Baltimore? I'd love to get even a rough idea of where this is. I'd happily go back and take a modern-era photo of this. Dave in Baltimore www.seinberg.net Product Placement At least after your ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/26/2011 - 3:13pm -

Dead Man's Curve: 1920

Chestnuts Roasting: 1905
Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1905. "A chestnut vendor." 8x10 inch dry plate glass ... chestnut off them and never feel it! National Bank of Baltimore Appears to be the National Bank of Baltimore in the background. Which makes this St. Paul Street, looking towards ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/20/2012 - 11:09am -

Chestnuts Roasting: 1905

American National: 1918
... Placement Motor is mounted on right front fork. AKA Baltimore Sun Bldg. Originally built for the Baltimore Sun newspaper. Alternate Shorpy view in 1924 . Bank ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/23/2012 - 5:35pm -

American National: 1918

Light Street: 1906
Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1906. "Light Street looking north." 8x10 inch dry ... referred to as "the polyester of brick." Speaking of Baltimore Do you take requests? I just finished watching the HBO series "The Wire", which was shot on location in many of Baltimore's old, working-class neighborhoods. In the show, there were a lot of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/23/2012 - 6:47pm -

Light Street: 1906

Hyattsville Hardware: 1940
... by Theodor Horydczak. View full size. 5121 Baltimore Avenue Still standing. [Did they change the name of the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/10/2016 - 9:01pm -

Hyattsville Hardware: 1940

New Baltimore: 1941
October 1941. "Street scene in New Baltimore on the Hudson, New York." Medium-format nitrate negative by John ... (1875-1954) is buried at Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore, Greene County, N.Y. '35 Chevy truck Dennis M, The ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/11/2012 - 9:18am -

New Baltimore: 1941
 
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