• Now-and-then pictures: Oella Avenue in Ellicott City

    Now-and-then pictures: Oella Avenue in Ellicott City

    19392018Then A child stands on Oella Avenue below the streetcar bridge at Ellicott City in 1939. The No. 9 streetcar ran on the line that was originally part of the Catonsville and Ellicott City Electric Railway Company. Baltimore SunNow A stone abutment is all that remains of the trolley bridge...

  • A fond remembrance of Baltimore's Red Rocket streetcar line

    A fond remembrance of Baltimore's Red Rocket streetcar line

    While most retirees are playing golf, busy basking in the Florida sun or playing endless games of bridge, Elmer J. Hall has spent his retirement years writing five books about Sparrows Point, where he grew up in the Bungalows, the now-demolished company town neighborhood. He has written about the...

  • Now-and-then pictures: Copper Row

    Now-and-then pictures: Copper Row

    19402018Then Strainer's Cafe and row homes are seen along the 1600 block of Clinton St. in 1940. The block was known as Copper Row, and was housing for workers from the Baltimore Copper Smelting Company beginning around 1850.Baltimore SunNow Petroleum Fuel & Terminal Company storage tanks now occupy...

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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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  • Still wild about Eubie Blake on his 135th birthday

    Still wild about Eubie Blake on his 135th birthday

    Eubie Blake defied the odds. His parents had been slaves. He was their only child to survive past infancy. He smoked unfiltered Pall Malls into old age. “I’m a cigarette fiend,” he told a reporter in 1979, when he was well into his 90s. “Some people just smoke, but I’m a fiend.” According to his...

  • 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 Baltimore native who developed the prime-time TV series...

  • This 74-year-old Baltimore theater is being reincarnated once again

    This 74-year-old Baltimore theater is being reincarnated once again

    Proving you can’t keep a good theater building down, the former Playhouse on 25th Street in Charles Village should be opening next year in yet another incarnation. To be called The Voxel, the 72-year-old building will serve both as a second headquarters for Figure 53 — a company where designers...

  • 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 street divides the west and east sides of Baltimore? For...

  • It's Frederick Douglass' 200th birthday. Here's how Maryland is celebrating the abolitionist's legacy

    It's Frederick Douglass' 200th birthday. Here's how Maryland is celebrating the abolitionist's legacy

    When a figure as historically significant as Frederick Douglass celebrates his 200th birthday, it calls for quite a celebration. So it’s no surprise that many throughout the region are planning events to honor the bicentennial of the Maryland abolitionist and orator. “Douglass is an internationally...

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  • Music lovers share their memories of WHFS-FM

    Music lovers share their memories of WHFS-FM

    Clearly, there remains a lot of love out there for WHFS-FM, the free-form progressive music station that came out of the mid-’60s subculture to play the music its DJs wanted you to hear. Endearingly freewheeling, with DJs like Weasel, Damian, Cerphe and Bob Here offering their idiosyncratic soundtrack...

  • The ever-evolving Belvedere Square, from Hochschild's to Ryan's Daughter

    The ever-evolving Belvedere Square, from Hochschild's to Ryan's Daughter

    The old Belvedere Avenue Hochschild Kohn department store opened in September 1948, the store’s second suburban branch after Edmondson Village. It closed after Christmas in 1983 as developer James Ward III, who bought the property, announced plans for what would become a shopping and dining destination...

  • Remembering WHFS: The beloved progressive station that was ‘exactly the opposite’ of radio today

    Remembering WHFS: The beloved progressive station that was ‘exactly the opposite’ of radio today

    Mention the call letters “WHFS” to music lovers of a certain age, and don’t be surprised if a smile instantly appears on their face, or a twinkle seems to light up their eye. Memories of a magic place right out of the ’60s counterculture playbook — of airwaves where you never knew what song you’d...

  • 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 first mayor of Baltimore? Extra credit if you can...

  • The Baltimore Orioles once called this ice rink home. (No, not those Orioles)

    The Baltimore Orioles once called this ice rink home. (No, not those Orioles)

    It opened in the chill of The Great Depression, an ice rink that harbored Baltimore’s first hockey team and drew celebrated skating stars to strut their stuff. For a quarter of a century, folks flocked to Carlin’s Iceland to see pucks fly, or to watch Olympic champions like Sonja Henie dazzle all....

  • 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 is the oldest church in Baltimore? For extra credit, name...

  • Pictures: Can you believe these things happened 25 years ago?

    Pictures: Can you believe these things happened 25 years ago?

    Can you believe it's been 25 years? Click through the gallery to see major moments and memories from 1993.

  • Trump remark recalls a Maryland governor's 'vulgar term for outhouse'

    Trump remark recalls a Maryland governor's 'vulgar term for outhouse'

    President Donald Trump's alleged use of the term "shithole" to refer to some countries was front-page news — and, in many newspapers, including The Baltimore Sun, the vulgarity itself ran in print. That wasn't the case 27 years ago when then-Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer used a similar...

  • When Spiro Agnew made the transition from Maryland governor to U.S. vice president

    When Spiro Agnew made the transition from Maryland governor to U.S. vice president

    For neither the first time nor the last, Marylanders saw their governor resign from office in January 1969. But the circumstances were both unprecedented and, so far at least, not to be repeated. Gov. Spiro T. Agnew left Annapolis not in disgrace, not because he found a better offer, not because...

  • 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 name of the newspaper that published H.L. Mencken’s...

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