Md. Historical Society Photographs

Starting in circa 1850, the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) photographic collection contains well over one million items including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cartes-de-visite, albumen prints, salted paper prints, acetate negatives, and more. Photographs are part of MdHS's Special Collections Department, H. Furlong Baldwin Library.

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). I am not an MdHS employee and in no way represent the institution. All views are my own.

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Thomas Viaduct[Between Relay and Elkridge, Maryland]1911Unidentified photographer4x5 inch glass negativeBaltimore City Life Museum CollectionMaryland Historical SocietyMC6551
The Thomas Viaduct was commissioned by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company and completed between 1833 and 1835.

Thomas Viaduct
[Between Relay and Elkridge, Maryland]
1911
Unidentified photographer
4x5 inch glass negative
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MC6551

The Thomas Viaduct was commissioned by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company and completed between 1833 and 1835.

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Russian Relief Organization, interiorFairmount Avenue, Baltimore, Marylandcirca 1918Hughes Company8x10 inch glass negative Hughes Company CollectionBaltimore City Life Museum CollectionMaryland Historical SocietyMC6487 
Sign reads: “30,000 homeless sufferers in Ukranian Section, Kiev. They need at once! Clothing, Shoes, Blankets, etc. Give! Whatever you can spare.” [Headquarters address]

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Russian Relief Organization, interior
Fairmount Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland
circa 1918
Hughes Company
8x10 inch glass negative 
Hughes Company Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MC6487 

Sign reads: “30,000 homeless sufferers in Ukranian Section, Kiev. They need at once! Clothing, Shoes, Blankets, etc. Give! Whatever you can spare.” [Headquarters address]

March 25, 2014 at 3:37pm

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Unidentified lacrosse gameMarylandUndated (circa 1910)Unidentified photographerA. Aubrey Bodine donationBaltimore City Life Museum CollectionMaryland Historical SocietyMC8249 J
Happy Maryland Day! The state sport is jousting and the state team sport is lacrosse. Read about it on the Maryland State Archives site.

Unidentified lacrosse game
Maryland
Undated (circa 1910)
Unidentified photographer
A. Aubrey Bodine donation
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MC8249 J

Happy Maryland Day! The state sport is jousting and the state team sport is lacrosse. Read about it on the Maryland State Archives site.

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Today in 1911, the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire left 146 people dead in New York City. The tragedy eventually led to labor laws and change in workplace safety. These issues were probably prominent for factory owners and workers after the fire in Maryland’s factories such as Oppenheim, Obendorf, and Co.

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Oppenheim, Obendorf and Company, interior
112-124 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland
Undated
Hughes Company
8x10 inch glass negative
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MC7089 

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March 24, 2014 at 1:59pm

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Window washer
Baltimore, Maryland
May 12, 1957
Robert F. Kniesche (1906-1976)
4x5 inch acetate negative
Kniesche Collection
Maryland Historical Society
PP79.395

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March 21, 2014 at 3:53pm

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"Young Hucksters"Baltimore, Maryland1977Elinor B. Cahn8x10 inch photographThe East Baltimore Documentary Photography ProjectBaltimore City Life Museum CollectionMaryland Historical Society
Copyright Elinor B. Cahn, 1977
"In 1976, Maryland Institute College of Art photography professor Linda G. Rich, and two of her students, Joan Clark Netherwood and Elinor B. Cahn, began work on a project documenting the large swath of neighborhoods collectively known as East Baltimore. What was intended to be merely a project for Rich’s class on social documentary photography, instead evolved into a four-year undertaking, resulting in over 10,000 photographs, and a unique portrait of a neighborhood in transition." Read more about the background of The East Baltimore Documentary Project.

"Young Hucksters"
Baltimore, Maryland
1977
Elinor B. Cahn
8x10 inch photograph
The East Baltimore Documentary Photography Project
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society

Copyright Elinor B. Cahn, 1977

"In 1976, Maryland Institute College of Art photography professor Linda G. Rich, and two of her students, Joan Clark Netherwood and Elinor B. Cahn, began work on a project documenting the large swath of neighborhoods collectively known as East Baltimore. What was intended to be merely a project for Rich’s class on social documentary photography, instead evolved into a four-year undertaking, resulting in over 10,000 photographs, and a unique portrait of a neighborhood in transition." Read more about the background of The East Baltimore Documentary Project.

March 20, 2014 at 1:21pm

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19th century Chainless Rambler (child with bicycle)
Maryland
1900
N. Tip Slee (2312 Madison Avenue)
Subject Vertical File (Bicycles & Tricycles)
Maryland Historical Society
[SVF]

March 19, 2014 at 11:25am

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Baltimore City Transit Company busLight Street and Redwood Street, Baltimore, Maryland1964Unidentified photographer8x10 inch silver gelatin printSubject Vertical File (Buses)Maryland Historical Society[SVF]

Baltimore City Transit Company bus
Light Street and Redwood Street, Baltimore, Maryland
1964
Unidentified photographer
8x10 inch silver gelatin print
Subject Vertical File (Buses)
Maryland Historical Society
[SVF]

March 18, 2014 at 3:26pm

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Tome School [for Boys]Main Street, Port Deposit, Marylandcirca 1894Unidentified photographerSubject Vertical File (Cecil County - Schools)Maryland Historical Society[SVF]
Tome School was founded in 1889 by Jacob Tome, who arrived in 1883. Tome arrived “penniless” and went on to become the county’s first millionaire. Tome School provided free education to children of the town who were willing to undergo the school’s strict regimen. Read more about the history of Tome School and Port Deposit on the Port Deposit website.
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Tome School [for Boys]
Main Street, Port Deposit, Maryland
circa 1894
Unidentified photographer
Subject Vertical File (Cecil County - Schools)
Maryland Historical Society
[SVF]

Tome School was founded in 1889 by Jacob Tome, who arrived in 1883. Tome arrived “penniless” and went on to become the county’s first millionaire. Tome School provided free education to children of the town who were willing to undergo the school’s strict regimen. Read more about the history of Tome School and Port Deposit on the Port Deposit website.

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March 14, 2014 at 12:07pm

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Deutsches Emigrantenhaus (German Immigrant House)1308 Beason Street, Baltimore, MarylandDecember 29, 1904John Dubas (fl. 1904-1973)4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch glass negativeBaltimore City Life Museum CollectionMaryland Historical SocietyMC9168 A
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Deutsches Emigrantenhaus (German Immigrant House)
1308 Beason Street, Baltimore, Maryland
December 29, 1904
John Dubas (fl. 1904-1973)
4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch glass negative
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MC9168 A

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March 13, 2014 at 1:26pm

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Caroline County Courthouse
Denton, Maryland
circa 1910
Unidentified photographer
Subject Vertical File (Caroline County - Courthouses)
Maryland Historical Society
[SVF]

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March 12, 2014 at 2:06pm

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"Freedom March" [Protestors for fair housing and job opportunities]
War Memorial Plaza, Baltimore, Maryland
1964
Robert F. Kniesche (1906-1976)
2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch negative
Kniesche Collection
Maryland Historical Society
PP79.455.4

March 11, 2014 at 1:52pm

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Charles Center
Charles Street near Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland
1967
A. Aubrey Bodine (1906-1970)
Bodine Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
B98 .11

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March 10, 2014 at 3:37pm

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Westminster Presbyterian ChurchGeorgetown (Kent County), Maryland1880Unidentified photographerSubject Vertical File (Kent County - Churches)Maryland Historical Society[SVF]
Read about the Westminster Presbyterian Church (Old Brick Presbyterian Meeting House) via the Maryland State Archives.

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Georgetown (Kent County), Maryland
1880
Unidentified photographer
Subject Vertical File (Kent County - Churches)
Maryland Historical Society
[SVF]

Read about the Westminster Presbyterian Church (Old Brick Presbyterian Meeting House) via the Maryland State Archives.

March 7, 2014 at 2:02pm

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Belair Market
Forrest Street at Gay Street, Baltimore, Maryland
May 15, 1954
J.M. Joyce
7.5 x 11 inch photographic prints
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MC4238 .1 - MC4238 .7