Md. Historical Society Photographs


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.

Feel free to share these images with proper citation.

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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UPDATE: The circumstances of this photograph is explained in the follow-up post on underbelly (the MdHS Library blog). Thanks to everyone who commented, shared the photo, etc.! 

Help MdHS solve this photo mystery. We want to know what is happening in this photograph:

Detective room, Police Department ‘The White Masks’ inspecting a prisoner at detective headquarters
ca. 1910
Hughes Company 
8x10 inch glass negative
Hughes Company Collection
Maryland Historical Society

I found this photograph in the Hughes Collection about a year ago. This is definitely the most disturbing photograph I’ve seen at MdHS. Being completely nonplussed, I started asking around about it - historians, journalists, etc. but no one had a definite answer but provided great speculations and observations.

Find out more about the photo on the MdHS Library Blog “underbelly”, created a post to help solve the mystery (“Masked Mystery” by Joe Tropea). 


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    This photo just might give me nightmares. Disturbing beyond belief.
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    Gotta love a good mystery.
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    Fascinating and creepy!
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  24. ibitestrippers said: Could it be that he’s being inducted into a club,or secrete society?