Retro Baltimore Trivia

Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: What Chesapeake Bay excursion steamer began life as a Staten Island...

  • Now-and-then pictures: Mondawmin Mall

    Now-and-then pictures: Mondawmin Mall

    19742017Then Pollack-Blum's Furniture Store at Mondawmin Mall is seen prior to opening in 1974. The 23,000-square-foot. furniture store was Pollack-Blum's ninth in the Baltimore area. The company closed all of it's stores by July 1982.Baltimore SunNow The one-time Pollack-Blum's Furniture store...

  • When Rodin’s ‘Thinker’ moved inside the BMA

    When Rodin’s ‘Thinker’ moved inside the BMA

    Jacob Epstein, the Baltimore businessman, art collector and philanthropist, gave Baltimore one of its finest treasures in 1928. That year, he bought a bronze casting of Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” while on a Paris art shopping trip. The 78-inch-high bronze — larger than the 27-inch original —...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: What Maryland secretary of state ran unsuccessfully for governor?...

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Then-and-now pictures from Retro Baltimore

Baltimore and the surrounding area sure has changed a lot in its centuries-long history. But many traditions and landmarks from decades ago are still around today, give or take a few variations.More

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  • Baltimore's famous literary figures and their favorite local haunts

    Baltimore's famous literary figures and their favorite local haunts

    A surprising number of Baltimore’s ghosts have ink-stained fingers. The list of former Charm City literary figures, which includes the likes of Frederick Douglass, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, reads like a who’s who of American letters. Here you’ll find a list of some of their favorite...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: Which New York Yankees outfielder returned to his native Maryland...

  • New biography tracks the life of B&O Railroad president John W. Garrett

    New biography tracks the life of B&O Railroad president John W. Garrett

    John Work Garrett, the legendary and visionary president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad whose tenure from 1858 to 1884 coincided with American expansion or what was commonly called in those days “manifest destiny,” and included such tumultuous events as the Panic of 1873, the Civil War, and the...

  • Retro Halloween costumes

    Retro Halloween costumes

    Halloween is a timeless holiday. Those from the past enjoyed the fun-and-creepy holiday in much the same way as we do today: with costumes, parties and trick-or-treating. Check out these retro photos from Baltimore's days-gone-by of folks enjoying Halloween.

  • Filmmakers, fans mark making 'Blair Witch Project' in Maryland, 20 years later

    Filmmakers, fans mark making 'Blair Witch Project' in Maryland, 20 years later

    Twenty years ago this month, two intrepid young directors — including a Maryland native — and three little-known actors descended upon the state to film what they thought would be a small, low-budget film. It was low-budget, but anything but small. Though "The Blair Witch Project" took only eight...

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  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: What was the record of the professional baseball team the Baltimore...

  • Robert Guillaume once starred in a musical with Nell Carter at Baltimore Center Stage

    Robert Guillaume once starred in a musical with Nell Carter at Baltimore Center Stage

    The gifted actor Robert Guillaume, who died Tuesday at the age of 89, had a brief time in a Baltimore spotlight during the years when his career focused primarily on theater. Guillaume starred along with the late Nell Carter at Baltimore Center Stage in the 1971 world premiere of “Fire in the Mindhouse,”...

  • Remembering the Division Street of Thurgood Marshall's day

    Remembering the Division Street of Thurgood Marshall's day

    Baltimore’s Upton neighborhood gets attention for blight and crime today. But years ago, it gave birth to a Baltimore legend: Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice and subject of the new movie “Marshall,” grew up there. “It was a different world,” said Olando Bartee,...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: What role did Baltimore’s Indian Queen Hotel, at Hanover and Baltimore...

  • In 1938, Seabiscuit and War Admiral battled in the 'Race of the Century' at Pimlico

    In 1938, Seabiscuit and War Admiral battled in the 'Race of the Century' at Pimlico

    It was billed as The Race of the Century: a showdown between Seabiscuit and War Admiral, two stellar horses who’d captivated America during the hard times of the day. And Pimlico Race Course was where they’d square off in a match race that lived up to its hype. On Nov. 1, 1938, a crisp, sunny Thursday...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: Who was the woman from Baltimore who served as a British and American...

  • Thurgood Marshall’s roots in Old West Baltimore

    Thurgood Marshall’s roots in Old West Baltimore

  • A look at the Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City through the years

    A look at the Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City through the years

    For parts of five decades, the Enchanted Forest, with its Mother Goose-themed attractions, delighted children (and, truth be told, their parents as well) from its home off U.S. Route 40 in Ellicott City. From its giant roadside Old King Cole, pointing the way for visitors to enjoy his kingdom's...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: What was the original Baltimore Colts' won-lost record?

  • Baltimore and John Denver’s ‘Country Boy’ forever linked

    Baltimore and John Denver’s ‘Country Boy’ forever linked

    While it’s been 20 years since singer John Denver died in an experimental plane crash at Monterey Bay, Calif. — he died on Oct. 12, 1997 — his voice remains a part of a Baltimore tradition. In 1983, Denver appeared on 33rd Street and belted out “Thank God I'm a Country Boy" on top of the Orioles...

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