When Curtis Bay was a hockey hotbed

Seventy-five years ago, Curtis Bay was a mecca for … ice hockey? Early on in World War II, the Coast Guard station there trotted out a team of American hockey stars, pro and amateur, whose wartime chores included lacing their skates for Uncle Sam. Thus, in November 1942 were the Coast Guard Cutters...

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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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    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 Middle River-built aircraft made the first trans-Pacific...

  • Holidays past: A look back at the Howard County traditions of yesteryear

    Holidays past: A look back at the Howard County traditions of yesteryear

    Holiday traditions are like time capsules: Repeated year after year, the celebrations look largely the same today as they did half a century ago. That much is true in Howard County. If not for the dated hairstyles and conspicuous absence of smartphones, these archive photos from the Baltimore Sun...

  • 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: Name the movie starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly that featured...

  • Before Meghan Markle, there was Baltimore's Wallis Simpson

    Before Meghan Markle, there was Baltimore's Wallis Simpson

    American actress Meghan Markle has made history and headlines after her engagement to Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, was announced Monday (even former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle congratulated the couple). But long before the “Suits” star crossed the pond and began...

  • When David Cassidy was driving the Baltimore girls crazy

    When David Cassidy was driving the Baltimore girls crazy

    A lot of women of a certain age lost their first schoolgirl crush this week, when David Cassidy died Tuesday at age 67. And a lot of them were in the audience, screaming, when Cassidy, at the height of his teen-idol phase, played Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion in 1971 and the Baltimore Civic...

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    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: Where was the Maryland Institute College of Art’s first location?

  • A most unusual Army-Navy football game 75 years ago

    A most unusual Army-Navy football game 75 years ago

    Imagine an Army-Navy football game where the stands are mostly bare. It happened, 75 years ago, in the throes of World War II. On Nov. 28, 1942, the teams played in Annapolis before a sparse crowd of 11,000, a mite less than the year before when nearly 100,000 fans squeezed into Philadelphia’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 Chesapeake Bay excursion steamer began life as a Staten Island...

  • 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?...

  • 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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