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Burlesk & Butter: 1943

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland -- a street scene. Light Street." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland -- a street scene. Light Street." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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"Makes Baby Thrive"

Why not "Makes Your Baby Thrive"? How did "baby" become a proper noun?

Did 40's people delay naming their babies for the first year, calling them "Baby" instead? (I know that's not true.)

[cf. the nursery rhyme "Pat-a-cake" or the popular song "My Blue Heaven." -tterrace]

Good Old Girl & Boy Land

Ah, the Penny Arcade, which I could never get enough of during my childhood Rockaway Summers. The games and chits for winning the usual Carny junk, how little it took to make me happy then.

Spell Check

All these years I've been spelling Burlesque incorrectly.

Still Going Strong

In 2013, 70 years later, Royal Farms is the largest locally owned convenience store chain in the State of Maryland. Also, the owner of the Globe was the uncle of Stan & Barry Livingston of the TV show "My Three Sons."

East Baltimore Street

The Light St. address must be wrong, as Stanton Square's post makes clear. This is the 400 block of East Baltimore St, which is ground zero of the once-extensive entertainment area still called "The Block." The 2 O'Clock Club, where Blaze Starr became famous in the 1950s, was just to the right of this photo. Along with "burlesk," Royal Farms is another Baltimore name still current. It's now a chain of convenience stores, though their website dates the outfit only to 1959.

The Block

Still there and still kinda seedy. After the great fire of 1904, "The Block" on East Baltimore Street became Baltimore's hot spot for movie theaters, burlesque, honky tonks, and penny arcades.

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Broads to Booze

Still standing on E Baltimore St but now a liquor store. The 2 O'clock Club next door is still there.

Tough decisions

What a neighborhood. Do I go to "Joy Land" first and then to the "Globe Berlesk" or do I patronize them in the reverse order?

Either way, don't forget to pick up a bottle of milk before going home.


The truck is a circa 1940 - 1942 Dodge Cab Over Engine (COE) on a short wheelbase. The Dodge Ram hood ornament is visible and the nameplate "Dodge" is between the chrome strips on the front of the hood. The driver has had some difficulty as there are some very large scrapes on the side of the refrigerator body.

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