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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 did Baltimore’s nickname “Charm City” come from?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: Where did Baltimore’s nickname “Charm City” come from?

    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 last week’s trivia: QUESTION: Where did Baltimore’s nickname “Charm City” come from? ANSWER: The nickname "Charm City" traces its origins...

  • When City first clashed with Poly on the gridiron

    When City first clashed with Poly on the gridiron

    The football teams of Baltimore City College and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute will meet on Nov. 2 at Morgan State University in what’s being billed as their 130th annual clash. The game, for Baltimoreans, had been a Thanksgiving Day tradition for decades until the date was changed in 1993. But...

  • 'No place to run': Loch Raven Reservoir's forgotten UFO, 60 years later

    'No place to run': Loch Raven Reservoir's forgotten UFO, 60 years later

    Around midnight on Oct. 26, 1958, Alvin Cohen and Phillip Small were taking a drive by Loch Raven Reservoir in Towson when they said a great, iridescent, egg-shaped object appeared above a bridge. The young men inched closer and the car stopped dead — no headlights, no engine, no ignition, as if...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: How did Baltimore beer Colt 45 get its name?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: How did Baltimore beer Colt 45 get its name?

    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 last week’s trivia: QUESTION: How did Baltimore beer Colt 45 get its name? ANSWER: It’s named not after the handgun, but rather after...

  • When Sears came to Baltimore

    When Sears came to Baltimore

    In 1937, neighbors protested the construction of a new Sears, Roebuck & Co. store on Harford Road and North Avenue, fearing it would bring traffic jams and lower property values to what was then a residential stretch of Northeast Baltimore. The store opened over residents’ objections the following...

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  • Scrapple, long a Maryland favorite, has graced many a Baltimore kitchen table

    Scrapple, long a Maryland favorite, has graced many a Baltimore kitchen table

    Detractors feel that scrapple, the fried meat pudding augmented with corn meal, is the ultimate 1930s Depression food. A 1934 ad in The Sun may confirm this: “Let's eat. Fried scrapple and hominy. It's only thirteen cents.” This dish was then being offered by Baltimore’s Oriole cafeterias, a small...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: Where was Baltimore's outdoor box lacrosse facility?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: Where was Baltimore's outdoor box lacrosse facility?

    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 last week’s trivia: QUESTION: Indoor lacrosse is synonymous with box lacrosse as it is played in an enclosed and smaller surface. But...

  • New book documents the lesser-traveled Baltimore streetcar lines

    New book documents the lesser-traveled Baltimore streetcar lines

    Bernard J. Sachs, a longtime member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, in his recently published book, “Baltimore’s Picturesque Jerkwaters: Historic Neighborhoods, Notorious Beer Gardens, Serene Lakeside Pavilions, Beachsides by the Bay, Mills in the Valley & To Every Corner of the Metropolis,”...

  • When World War I and the Spanish flu turned Fort McHenry into one of the country's largest hospitals

    When World War I and the Spanish flu turned Fort McHenry into one of the country's largest hospitals

    One hundred years ago at Fort McHenry, commemorating the rockets’ red glare of the War of 1812 was probably the furthest thing from people’s minds. That’s because the fort, which had so valiantly defended Baltimore when the British were assaulting its shores, was in the midst of another battle...

  • 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. Here’s last week’s trivia: QUESTION: Who was the Orioles winning pitcher the night they clinched the American League East title in 2014? ANSWER:...

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