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....

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

  • Don't expect this retro delicacy to make a comeback

    Don't expect this retro delicacy to make a comeback

    Restaurant week kicks off this week in Baltimore, with great deals on meals to be had at some of the city’s choicest spots. Though artisanal spins on traditional foods are likely to be in high supply — think, fancy pot pies and gourmet fried chicken — there’s one old-school favorite you won’t see...

  • 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 college or university in Maryland? Extra credit...

  • 'The Crown' tells it true: Baltimore Sun uncovered royal scandal

    'The Crown' tells it true: Baltimore Sun uncovered royal scandal

    Baltimore-area fans of “The Crown,” the brilliantly acted, sumptuously filmed and downright addictive Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II, got a neat little surprise in Season 2’s Episode 3, “Lisbon” — sort of the opposite of a shout-out, but fun to hear just the same. For those who haven’t...

  • Treasures throughout, Baltimore's Mitchell Courthouse also holds a century of drama

    Treasures throughout, Baltimore's Mitchell Courthouse also holds a century of drama

    Many people enter Maryland’s busiest courthouse unaware they are stepping on an Italian mosaic, leaning against Numidian marble, and waiting under the gaze of the sage Confucius, the emperor Justinian and the Prophet Muhammad. Baltimore jurors might miss the mural of ancient lawmakers in the Clarence...

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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: We all know about the writer Edgar Allan Poe and his connection...

  • When Baltimoreans had Rx for whiskey

    When Baltimoreans had Rx for whiskey

    As medical marijuana dispensaries make their first appearance in the state, it’s worth remembering a time when prescription alcohol flowed in the cups of Marylanders. The Prohibition years from 1920-1933 saw a glut of doctor-prescribed alcohol across the United States. None other than famously...

  • Looking back on Dec. 1967 — from Morris Mechanic Theatre's first holiday season to Otis Redding's death

    Looking back on Dec. 1967 — from Morris Mechanic Theatre's first holiday season to Otis Redding's death

    Christmas arrived in Baltimore in 1967 with the news that the United States had renewed its bombing of North Vietnam. The big show at the Baltimore Museum of Art was a crowd pleaser, “Man in Sport.” It was the first holiday season for the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre. “The Fantasticks” played in...

  • 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 Baltimore-born cousins who both went on to hugely successful...

  • When Curtis Bay was a hockey hotbed

    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...

  • 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 tallest building between Philadelphia and Raleigh,...

  • Pioneering black journalist Simeon Booker, a Baltimore native, dies at age 99

    Pioneering black journalist Simeon Booker, a Baltimore native, dies at age 99

    Simeon Booker, a trailblazing African-American journalist and the first full-time black reporter at The Washington Post, died Sunday at the age of 99. Booker died at an assisted-living community in Solomons, Md., according to a Post obituary, citing his wife Carol. He had recently been hospitalized...

  • When 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians' was conquering Baltimore

    When 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians' was conquering Baltimore

    All sorts of destined-to-be-classic movies were playing at Baltimore theaters in December 1964, movies that would earn Oscars, garner grand critical praise and set the groundwork for enduring cinematic legacies. “Tom Jones” was showing at the Mayfair on Howard Street, Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las...

  • Baltimore's Washington Monument lighting through the years

    Baltimore's Washington Monument lighting through the years

    See photos from the annual lighting of Baltimore's Washington Monument in Mount Vernon. 

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

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