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History through the lens of the Baltimore Sun archives

This is my first blog post so I thought I would start with the first photo published in The Baltimore Sun. That photo, which you can see above, ran in the paper on September 30, 1901. Before then, The Sun used pen-and-ink illustrations. The photo was a head shot of noted Chief Judge James McSherry of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. The accompanying story, which you can read at the end of this post, announced the start of the fall term on October 7.

The Sun didn’t announce about this technological event despite the significant changes it brought about in the newspaper. With each passing day there was an increasing number of photographs used in all sections of the paper. This also led to the creation of The Sun’s photographic department, which has been bringing picture stories to our readers ever since.

This blog will bring back some of those great photographs and stories and I hope will spark memories about events and people from Baltimore’s past. And I encourage you to share your memories with us in the comments following each post.

Here’s the item that ran in the September 30, 1901 Sun with Judge McSherry’s photo: “The fall term of the Court of Appeals of Maryland will begin Monday, October 7, one week from today. The docket for the term includes some 66 cases. No court of last resort in any State in the Union has a better record for prompt dispatch of business than the Maryland Court of Appeals, in which it is a rule never to permit appeals to go over from one term to another. At the end of each term, of which there are three every year -- January, April and October -- the docket is clear. This has notably been the case ever since Judge James McSherry, whose picture is printed in this issue of The Sun, was designated as the chief or presiding justice of the court. The proverbial delays of the law do not attach to the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Not only this with regard to the work of the judges, but the clerical force is so well organized that it must keep pace with the pace set by the court. The reports come out promptly and in a shape creditable in the highest degree.”

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