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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 - 7:45pm -

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 - 11:02pm -

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 - 7:45pm -

Streets of Baltimore: 1906

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 - 10:11pm -

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 - 7:40pm -

Roofs of Baltimore: 1912

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 - 2:03pm -

Bananas to Baltimore: 1905

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 - 7:45pm -

Elks Parade: 1916

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 - 10:12pm -

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 - 8:31pm -

Shade Tree Mechanics: 1920

Simulcast: 1922
... the 1920s version of screen names ("3NR took a trip to Baltimore"). "Radiophone" would be audio broadcasts, which in 1922 would be ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/04/2011 - 4:25am -

Simulcast: 1922

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 - 8:18pm -

Bustling Baltimore: 1917

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 - 5:36pm -

Scooped to Safety: 1924

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 - 11:49am -

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 - 4:09pm -

Charm City: 1903

John Slebzak: 1909
John Slebzak, working on the Bottomley farm near Baltimore with his family (Polish). They have worked here three years and one ... Slebzak b. 17 Feb 1898 d. Sep 1971 Halethorpe, Baltimore, MD [Shorpy is impressed! Thanks, Emo. - Dave] dot com ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/26/2011 - 4:22pm -

John Slebzak: 1909

Carrying-In Boy: 1911
... he is living with his widowed father and four brothers in Baltimore. In the 1930 census, now listed as Ellis Kidd, he is living in ... at the time was Joseph M. Kidd, 17 N. Highland Ave., Baltimore, MD. Hope this helps. If you should need to get a copy of the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/15/2012 - 10:47am -

Carrying-In Boy: 1911

Nats-Giants: 1924
... being called the Nationals until I saw this. I grew up in Baltimore, home of the Orioles, and the local sports reports often included the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/11/2011 - 12:29pm -

Nats-Giants: 1924

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 - 4:13pm -

Dead Man's Curve: 1920

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 - 6:35pm -

American National: 1918

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 - 12:09pm -

Chestnuts Roasting: 1905

The New World: 1936
... building in the city. A gaudy Trump tower has replaced the Baltimore and Ohio bus station. Abbot took this photo from the top of the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/10/2016 - 2:04pm -

The New World: 1936

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 - 7:47pm -

Light Street: 1906

Photo Finish: 1924
... to right (deduced from articles in Washington Post and Baltimore Sun): unknown (in back), L. Bressler (third, Washington), Mabem and Baker (tied for 4th, Baltimore), Joe Tarshes (first place, Washington), Harry Mason (second place, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/24/2015 - 10:59am -

Photo Finish: 1924

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 - 10:18am -

New Baltimore: 1941

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 - 2:41pm -

Trackless Trolley: 1943

The Great Fire: 1904
"Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Fighting the fire on Baltimore Street." The first in a series of photographs from the fire, which ... for two days in February 1904, consuming much of downtown Baltimore. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2011 - 10:11pm -

The Great Fire: 1904

Deck the Halls: 1959
"Janet, Christmas 1959." We return to the Baltimore home of Kermy and his sister , who has the look of a kid who just ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/25/2015 - 9:18pm -

Deck the Halls: 1959

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 - 7:46pm -

Inside Track: 1943

On the Grid: 1900
Circa 1900. "Baltimore City Hall." Rising behind a web of wires. 8x10 inch dry plate glass ... years. http://georgeafrederick.com/index.html Baltimore must have been very nice then. It's mighty grim now. Old Balto ... Frederick, City Hall was built in 1875. It escaped the Baltimore Fire in 1904, and was restored in the mid 1970's at a cost of $10.5 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 2:00pm -

On the Grid: 1900

Errand of Marcy: 1943
... spy at the front of the coach ... April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Crowded bus carrying people to work at 8 a.m." Photo by ... But these intriguing folks are not riding a streetcar; Baltimore never had the type of PCC streetcar with standee windows as seen in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/24/2014 - 3:45pm -

Errand of Marcy: 1943
 
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