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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 - 8:45pm -

Streets of Baltimore: 1940

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 - 3:03pm -

Bananas to Baltimore: 1905

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 - 08/08/2012 - 12:02am -

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 - 8:45pm -

Streets of 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 - 5:09pm -

Charm City: 1903

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 - 11:11pm -

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 - 8:40pm -

Roofs of Baltimore: 1912

Inside Track: 1943
April 1943. Baltimore, Maryland. "Trucks and trains unloading goods underneath elevated ... into storage units. View Larger Map Baltimore Terminal Warehouse The building on the left that survives is the Baltimore Terminal Warehouse, which was built in 1894 with an addition in 1912. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/17/2014 - 8:46pm -

Inside Track: 1943

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 - 8:45pm -

Elks Parade: 1916

Charm City: 1943
April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Elevated trolley." A restaurant, gas station, public ... found here . House of Welsh According to a Baltimore Sun article dated January 23, 1998, "The House of Welsh -- the aged ... out of the way to convert the car to an open car for Baltimore's hideous summers. The semi-convertibles saw service on all the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/05/2013 - 4:03pm -

Charm City: 1943

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 ... Here's a similar view today, from Wikipedia: (Prints, Baltimore Photos, DPC) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/27/2014 - 12:49pm -

Bird's Eye Baltimore: 1906

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 - 11:12pm -

Baltimore: 1904

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 - 9:31pm -

Shade Tree Mechanics: 1920

Second Life: 1943
April 1943. Baltimore, Md. "Trolley of 1917 vintage. Many old cars have been reconditioned ... standing by the traffic signal. Built in 1891 - known as Baltimore's first skyscraper. Background cars 1940 Pontiac 1941 ... Alexander Brown & Sons Company Building at 135 East Baltimore Street, was built in 1901 and was one of the few buildings in the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/01/2013 - 1:46am -

Second Life: 1943

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 - 9:18pm -

Bustling Baltimore: 1917

Little Pete: 1921
... of hours spent at a municipal swimming pool in downtown Baltimore when I was seven years old: the juke box seemed permanently stuck on ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/30/2014 - 1:13pm -

Little Pete: 1921

Capital Transit: 1935
... cable vault. Conduit runs north to Silver Spring and on to Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York (and south to Richmond). The original Long ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/03/2014 - 2:38pm -

Capital Transit: 1935

Super Carrier Christmas: 1957
... the Kermy and Janet Kodachromes, taken at their house in Baltimore. Gifts include a Revell model aircraft carrier and something called ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/07/2013 - 11:43am -

Super Carrier Christmas: 1957

Hurricane Slams D.C.: 1933
... Road, just on the Md. side of the Anacostia. If it were Baltimore Ave., then the Indian Queen Tavern would be sitting at the right edge ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/04/2014 - 12:24pm -

Hurricane Slams D.C.: 1933

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 - 6:36pm -

Scooped to Safety: 1924

Mad Men: 1959
... 1923 The Munsell Color Company relocates from NYC to Baltimore. 1946 Gretag AG Established in Switzerland. 1955 Macbeth ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 09/29/2011 - 8:24pm -

Mad Men: 1959

Fountain Service: 1974
... restored just a few years ago by Mr Durward Center of Baltimore. The Orchestrion had percussion (drums, triangle) in addition to the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/18/2014 - 1:04am -

Fountain Service: 1974

Auto-Railer: 1935
... Co. of Detroit for the purchase of the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Railway, which was recently sold at auction here. The ... 100 passenger and freight units between Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis. ... The "auto railer" consists of front and rear steel ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/28/2014 - 9:29am -

Auto-Railer: 1935

Dinner Is Served: 1901
New Baltimore, Michigan, circa 1901. "The Firs -- dining room." This house's ... View full size. The Firs I grew up in New Baltimore. The Firs was briefly a bed and breakfast at some point. It was built for the Hathaway family. New Baltimore is on Lake St. Clair. Sadly, the mansion was torn down several years ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/18/2014 - 12:36am -

Dinner Is Served: 1901

Big Boumi: 1923
... A closeup of the locomotive seen here yesterday in the Baltimore & Ohio rail yard during the Masonic convention in Washington, D.C. The big engine wears the livery of "Boumi Temple," a Baltimore Shrine lodge. 5x7 glass negative. View full size. Over a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/20/2014 - 9:30am -

Big Boumi: 1923

Watch Your Step: 1933
... train, crushing the foot of William Covington, colored, Baltimore laborer. Covington was taken to Casualty Hospital ... August ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/03/2014 - 6:58pm -

Watch Your Step: 1933

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 - 3:41pm -

Trackless Trolley: 1943

Black Lads in Hyattsville
... full size. JD Tower This view is looking towards Baltimore. The tracks at far right is the B&O Washington Branch. JD Tower ... 
 
Posted by Atomiclady - 06/27/2014 - 9:25pm -

Black Lads in Hyattsville

Eckington Yards: 1923
... June 4, 1923." A rare and unusually detailed look at the Baltimore & Ohio rail yard in Washington, D.C., during that year's big ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/20/2014 - 9:20am -

Eckington Yards: 1923

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 - 7:35pm -

American National: 1918
 
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