Md. Historical Society Photographs

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The photograph collection at the Maryland Historical Society spans circa 1848 through present day and contains well over one million items. Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cartes-de-visite, albumen prints, salted paper prints, acetate negatives, and other historic formats are prevalent. Photographs are part of MdHS's Special Collections Department, H. Furlong Baldwin Library. MdHS is located in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, see the About page.

Digital reproductions of originals are property of MdHS. For image reproduction and permission info: MdHS Imaging Services.

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Curated by Jennifer A. Ferretti (former Curator of Photographs, MdHS). All views are my own and do not reflect those of the institution.

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Westminster Church and Burying Ground (view of cemetery)519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Marylandcirca 1920Unidentified photographer8x10 inch silver gelatin printJulius Anderson Photograph CollectionBaltimore City Life Museum CollectionMaryland Historical Society1995.62.014
Read about the history (est. 1786) of the Westminster Burying Ground on the Explore Baltimore Heritage site. Notice the painted sign for Read’s Drug Store in the distance. 
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Westminster Church and Burying Ground (view of cemetery)
519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland
circa 1920
Unidentified photographer
8x10 inch silver gelatin print
Julius Anderson Photograph Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
1995.62.014

Read about the history (est. 1786) of the Westminster Burying Ground on the Explore Baltimore Heritage site. Notice the painted sign for Read’s Drug Store in the distance. 


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October 10, 2013 at 5:53pm

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Tusculum, home of the Delphian Club
Northeast of Calvert Street and Baltimore Street (Bank Lane), Baltimore, Maryland
circa 1891
Unidentified photographer
Subject Vertical File (Baltimore - Houses)
Maryland Historical Society
[SVF]

William Gwynn, newspaper owner and editor, had this mansion built behind Baltimore Street businesses, along what was then Bank Lane, around 1820. The building was designed by architect Robert Carey Long. Gwynn called his home Tusculum and opened it as a meeting place to his literary club for men, the Delphian Club. This photograph was taken not long before the building was razed to make room for the Equitable Trust Company building on Calvert Street. 

Google Maps Street View of the area where the Equitable Trust Company Building stands: 


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Sources: 
Jones, C. (1991, Feb 10). Remembering Literary Lane. The Baltimore Sun. 
Shivers, F.R. et al. (2004). The Architecture of Baltimore: An Illustrated History. Johns Hopkins University Press. 

October 8, 2013 at 12:48pm

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Columbia Athletic and Literary Club in parlor, headquarters
1631 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland
circa 1910
John Dubas (fl. 1904-1973)
8 x 10 inch glass negative
Arthur U. Hooper Memorial Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MC9431 .2

Similar to other major cities, Baltimore had a fair share of literary and athletic clubs. In the article “May Form Baseball League: Calumet Literary And Athletic Leads Movement” in The Sun (January 5, 1911), Calumet got a write up for their movement to form an inter-club baseball league among the clubs in East Baltimore. It states that only “registered players, who are bona-fide members of the various clubs, will be allowed to participate.” The clubs that were invited to send representatives to the committee meeting included the Columbia Athletic and Literary Club, Twentieth Century Literary and Athletic Club, Spring Literary and Athletic Club, Iroquois Cotilion [sic] Club, and Hebrew Pioneer Club.

Google Maps Street View of the Columbia Athletic and Literary club headquarters today: 


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October 7, 2013 at 3:11pm

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Aerial view of Memorial Stadium [Washington Redskins v. Baltimore Colts football game]
900 East 33rd Street, Baltimore, Maryland
October 23, 1955
Robert F. Kniesche (1906-1976)
4 x 5 inch acetate negative
Kniesche Collection
Maryland Historical Society
PP79.1327

Google Maps Street View of area today (stadium was demolished February 15, 2002): 


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October 4, 2013 at 12:52pm

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Card game in the parlor
Baltimore, Maryland
circa 1910
John Dubas (fl. 1904-1973)
5 x 7 inch glass negative
Arthur U. Hooper Memorial Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MC9450

October 3, 2013 at 6:08pm

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Lazaretto Point Lighthouse [shows people and dog]
Baltimore Harbor (opposite Fort McHenry), Baltimore, Maryland
circa 1900
Unidentified photographer
5 x 7 inch glass negative
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MC2316

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Lazaretto Point acquired its name from a smallpox quarantine hospital that once operated in this area. By 1831 the hospital had closed its doors and John Donahoo was commissioned to build a lighthouse (his tenth). The lighthouse was demolished in 1954 and a replica was built in 1985 in the general area of the original. Read more about the Lazaretto Point Lighthouse, including how it worked and the possible connection with Edgar Allan Poe on its Friends page

Coordinates of the Lazaretto Point Lighthouse: 


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October 2, 2013 at 3:19pm

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The Junior League of BaltimoreBaltimore, Marylandca. 1912-1920Unidentified photographerBaltimore City Life Museum CollectionMaryland Historical SocietyMC4574 F
This photograph is labeled “Bureau of Recreation Activities - Junior Recreation,” but the accuracy of this label is unclear. There is a Junior League of Baltimore still active and from their website, they’ve been an active group of women “making a positive impact on their communities,” since 1912. The location of this scene is not identified. 

The Junior League of Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
ca. 1912-1920
Unidentified photographer
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MC4574 F

This photograph is labeled “Bureau of Recreation Activities - Junior Recreation,” but the accuracy of this label is unclear. There is a Junior League of Baltimore still active and from their website, they’ve been an active group of women “making a positive impact on their communities,” since 1912. The location of this scene is not identified. 

October 1, 2013 at 1:43pm

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Charlie Tilghman (second from right), Sphinx Club owner, with group2115 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, MarylandNot datedUnidentified photographer8 x 10 inch gelatin silver printSubject Vertical File (Baltimore - Streets - Pennsylvania Avenue)Maryland Historical Society [SVF]
Charlie Tilghman established The Sphinx Club in 1946, one of the first minority-owned membership night clubs. Take a look at another photo of the interior of The Sphinx Club from the collection. 
Google Maps Street View of the outside of The Sphinx Club today: 
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Charlie Tilghman (second from right), Sphinx Club owner, with group
2115 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland
Not dated
Unidentified photographer
8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print
Subject Vertical File (Baltimore - Streets - Pennsylvania Avenue)
Maryland Historical Society 
[SVF]

Charlie Tilghman established The Sphinx Club in 1946, one of the first minority-owned membership night clubs. Take a look at another photo of the interior of The Sphinx Club from the collection

Google Maps Street View of the outside of The Sphinx Club today: 


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September 30, 2013 at 7:02pm

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Street scene
100 block, Howard Street (west side, just north of Fayette Street), Baltimore, Maryland
circa 1925
Unidentified photographer
8 x 10 inch silver gelatin print
Subject Vertical File (Baltimore - Streets - Howard St.)
Maryland Historical Society
[SVF]

Google Maps Street View of this block today: 


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September 27, 2013 at 11:58am

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Produce, Baltimore HarborBaltimore, MarylandUndatedA. Aubrey Bodine (1906-1970)5 x 7 inch negativeBodine CollectionBaltimore City Life Museum CollectionMaryland Historical SocietyB1561

Produce, Baltimore Harbor
Baltimore, Maryland
Undated
A. Aubrey Bodine (1906-1970)
5 x 7 inch negative
Bodine Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
B1561

September 25, 2013 at 3:21pm

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Druid Hill ParkBaltimore, Maryland1910Unidentified photographerSubject Vertical File (Baltimore - Parks & Squares)Maryland Historical Society[SVF]

Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, Maryland
1910
Unidentified photographer
Subject Vertical File (Baltimore - Parks & Squares)
Maryland Historical Society
[SVF]

September 24, 2013 at 2:40pm

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Calvert Hall CollegeCathedral Street and Mulberry Street, Baltimore, Maryland1925Unidentified photographerSubject Vertical FileMaryland Historical Society[SVF]
Calvert Hall College was established in 1845 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools as a private Catholic college preparatory high school for boys and is the oldest Christian Brothers schools in the country. After outgrowing their first location on Saratoga Street in Baltimore, the school opened at this location in 1891. The school moved to Towson, Maryland in 1960.
Google Maps Street View of the area today:  
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Calvert Hall College
Cathedral Street and Mulberry Street, Baltimore, Maryland
1925
Unidentified photographer
Subject Vertical File
Maryland Historical Society
[SVF]

Calvert Hall College was established in 1845 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools as a private Catholic college preparatory high school for boys and is the oldest Christian Brothers schools in the country. After outgrowing their first location on Saratoga Street in Baltimore, the school opened at this location in 1891. The school moved to Towson, Maryland in 1960.

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September 23, 2013 at 6:30pm

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Annapolis City Dock
Annapolis, Maryland
April 1949
A. Aubrey Bodine (1906-1970)
Bodine Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
B1028

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September 20, 2013 at 4:10pm

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Lee HouseCharles Street and Preston Street, Baltimore, MarylandNot datedUnidentified photographerJohn Appleton Wilson CollectionMaryland Historical SocietyPP3.85
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Lee House
Charles Street and Preston Street, Baltimore, Maryland
Not dated
Unidentified photographer
John Appleton Wilson Collection
Maryland Historical Society
PP3.85

Google Maps Street View of area today: 


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September 19, 2013 at 6:54pm

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Federal Hill Observatory TowerFederal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland1900Unidentified photographer5 x 7 inch glass negativeBaltimore City Life Museum CollectionMaryland Historical SocietyMC2361

Federal Hill Observatory Tower
Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland
1900
Unidentified photographer
5 x 7 inch glass negative
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MC2361