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 “answer” field and hit “submit.” Or comment on Instagram: @retrobaltimore. If you’d like to be recognized for a correct...

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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: Where was the first gas street lamp in Baltimore?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: Where was the first gas street lamp in Baltimore?

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Here’s the previous week’s trivia: QUESTION: In February 1817, Baltimore was the first American city to light a gas street lamp. In August 1957,...

  • Baltimore's back-to-school shoppers had pretty nifty choices in the good old days

    Baltimore's back-to-school shoppers had pretty nifty choices in the good old days

    Baltimore shoppers had choices for back-to-school shopping in the days when there were four major department stores. Hochschild Kohn, Hutzler’s, Stewart’s and Hecht’s were the flagships, but there was another level – the budget stores. The E. J. Korvette’s chain arrived in Baltimore with branches...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: What Baltimore man invented the linotype?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: What Baltimore man invented the linotype?

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. QUESTION: The linotype was invented by a Baltimore man. Who was he? Hint: A Baltimore high school is named after him. ANSWER: Ottmar Mergenthaler...

  • Baltimore's electric el line on Guilford Avenue was nation's first

    Baltimore's electric el line on Guilford Avenue was nation's first

    New York City could long boast that its first elevated line opened for service in 1868, using cable-pulled cars that were soon replaced by diminutive steam locomotives that pulled the cars. And Chicago established “el” service in 1892, Boston in 1901, and Philadelphia’s Market Street El began transporting...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: Where was the Academy of Music?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: Where was the Academy of Music?

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. QUESTION: Where in Baltimore was the Academy of Music? ANSWER: On the west side of Howard Street, just south of Centre Street.

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  • Aretha Franklin in Maryland: The 'Queen of Soul's' concerts through the years

    Aretha Franklin in Maryland: The 'Queen of Soul's' concerts through the years

    Naturally, as one of the greatest singers of all time, Aretha Franklin — the “Queen of Soul” who died at 76 on Thursday — was no stranger to Maryland, stopping here for various performances during her illustrious career. In 1971, less than a year after releasing her album “Spirit in the Dark,”...

  • One year since Baltimore's Confederate monuments were removed in the night, the issues they raised remain

    One year since Baltimore's Confederate monuments were removed in the night, the issues they raised remain

    Mark Martindale has a favorite path through Wyman Park Dell, up and down sloping walkways, under the canopy of huge old trees and into the clearing where, until a year ago, stood a statue of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. “From an artistic standpoint, I miss it,” said...

  • A bit of history on the German-born Baltimore man who invented Old Bay seasoning

    A bit of history on the German-born Baltimore man who invented Old Bay seasoning

    As crab season peaks, it’s time to revisit the remarkable life of Gustav Brunn. Born in 1893 in southern Germany, Brunn worked in Europe as a spice merchant, selling seasoning to sausage makers, according to historian Deborah Weiner. She wrote about Brunn in a book she co-authored, “On Middle Ground:...

  • 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 historic Baltimore nightclub hosted concerts from R.E.M.,...

  • A presidential scrap touches down at the Havre de Grace Opera House

    A presidential scrap touches down at the Havre de Grace Opera House

    On successive afternoons in May 1912, Havre de Grace and its then 41-year-old Opera House — a building celebrating its one-year anniversary this month of being reborn (after a $4 million face-lift) as The Cultural Center at the Opera House — played host to one of the most spirited presidential...

  • 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 are the names of the creatures that adorn the four corners...

  • The Art of storytelling

    The Art of storytelling

    Fifty years ago, Art Donovan lumbered into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The first Baltimore Colt inducted, Donovan, a defensive tackle, played 12 years, winning NFL championships in 1958 and 1959. Enshrined on Aug. 3, 1968, he died 45 years later, almost to the day, on Aug. 4,...

  • How Ellicott City's spirits lifted after a devastating flood — in 1972

    How Ellicott City's spirits lifted after a devastating flood — in 1972

    Ellicott City was definitely in the mood for a party in 1972. Fortunately, the town’s bicentennial celebration obliged. Things certainly weren’t looking good in June, when Hurricane Agnes paid a devastating visit to the area. More than 80 Ellicott City homes were damaged by the floodwaters. Agnes...

  • 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 Baltimore music venue opened in July 1981 and featured a...

  • When canning was a vibrant industry in Baltimore

    When canning was a vibrant industry in Baltimore

    A dish of stewed tomatoes was once a familiar presence on Baltimore dinner tables. Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey once canned 65 percent of the country’s processed tomatoes. Canned tomatoes with some cornstarch, spices and sugar added, took their place alongside mashed potatoes and canned peas...

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