Then-and-now pictures: Canton National Bank building

19632018Then Canton National Bank is seen on the corner of S. Clinton and Elliott streets after a robbery in 1963.Clarence Garrett/Baltimore SunNow The Canton National Bank building at the corner of Elliott and S. Clinton streets is now a private residence.Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun

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    Retro Ocean City: 100-plus photos of summer days past

    Ocean City has been the go-to beach destination for vacationers for generations. Visitors of all ages love the beach town for its sun, surf, sand, boardwalk, entertainment and food. We've dipped into our archives and found an array of O.C. pictures from the past -- from the 1930s to the 1990s....

  • Now-and-then pictures: Tyson Street

    Now-and-then pictures: Tyson Street

    19572018Then The 900 block of Tyson St. is seen in 1957 after Encyclopedia Britannica ranked it along with the Washington Monument as a Baltimore landmark.A. Aubrey Bodine/Baltimore SunNow Homes along Mount Vernon's Tyson Street, a protected Baltimore landmark, date back to the 1700s.Kim Hairston/Baltimore...

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    Retro Baltimore Trivia

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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: Old-school prom pictures

    Retro Baltimore: Old-school prom pictures

    Sure, you remember those days of yore. Your high school prom. The prep, the anxiety, the pictures. Oh, so many pictures. We've combed through our archives to find an array of photos from those awkward days. Some photos feature a local celebrity, many are just average teens from Baltimore high schools,...

  • A look at the evolution of the swimsuit, from the 1930s to 2018

    A look at the evolution of the swimsuit, from the 1930s to 2018

    Enjoying the sun and surf is a summer tradition that's stayed constant over time. But what we've worn while doing so hasn't. Take a look at the fashion of the swimsuit over the years, from one pieces, trunks, bikinis and everything in between. 

  • The Lusitania's widow, Margaret Emerson, and her horse-loving son, Sagamore Farm owner Alfred Gwynn Vanderbilt Jr.

    The Lusitania's widow, Margaret Emerson, and her horse-loving son, Sagamore Farm owner Alfred Gwynn Vanderbilt Jr.

    When a German U-boat sunk the passenger liner Lusitania off the Irish coast on May 7, 1915, the daughter of Baltimore’s Bromo Seltzer inventor was in New York City, staying at a home that is now the site of the Bergdorf Goodman store. Margaret Emerson Vanderbilt had married Alfred Gwynn Vanderbilt,...

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    Retro Baltimore Trivia

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  • Kinetic Sculpture Race through the years

    Kinetic Sculpture Race through the years

    It's been 20 years since the Kinetic Sculpture Race first plunged through Baltimore. A little wacky and a lot of fun, the race has been hosted each year by the American Visionary Art Museum (which, itself, is a little wacky and a lot of fun). The Sun's photographers have been there each year (OK,...

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    When Mencken and Duffy took aim at the Eastern Shore over lynching

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  • Before they got big: Emerging talent at Maryland Film Festival, from Lena Dunham to Barry Jenkins

    Before they got big: Emerging talent at Maryland Film Festival, from Lena Dunham to Barry Jenkins

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    Retro Baltimore Trivia

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    The Mohawks who made Maryland's lacrosse sticks

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    Retro Baltimore Trivia

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  • In 1930, Baltimore hosted the East Coast premiere of 'The King of Jazz' with Paul Whiteman. Unfortunately, the film was a flop.

    In 1930, Baltimore hosted the East Coast premiere of 'The King of Jazz' with Paul Whiteman. Unfortunately, the film was a flop.

    Only the façade and a portion of rear walls remain on the shell of Howard Street’s Mayfair Theater. In 1930, when it was called the Auditorium, the theater landed a major booking. The old Auditorium hosted the East Coast premiere of “The King of Jazz,” a big budget film featuring band leader Paul...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

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    Cranky and cross, Mugsy McGraw was one of the Orioles' most colorful characters

    He was crusty and combative, ready to fight at the drop of a cap. In the 1890s, an era of ornery baseball stars, John “Mugsy” McGraw was the orneriest — and an Oriole, to boot. Born April 7, 1873, McGraw played third base for Baltimore, which won three National League flags (1894-1896). His scrappy,...

  • Rodricks: Baltimore's arabbers are struggling to keep the tradition alive. Here's how the city can help.

    Rodricks: Baltimore's arabbers are struggling to keep the tradition alive. Here's how the city can help.

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    Retro Baltimore Trivia

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