The Baltimore Sun newspaper has a rich history of photojournalism. The Sun has employed a long line of award winning photographers. To pay tribute to these photographers, The Darkroom will periodically take a look back at the body of work by some of these photographers whose love of their craft helped document the lives of people from the backstreets of Baltimore to the four corners of the globe. One of those photographers was Charles Edward Nolan.
Known to his friends as Eddy. He worked at the Sunpapers for more than 40 years and started at the Sun at age 16 as a copyboy. He held onto his check stub for his first week’s pay of $6. Later he went on to become a photographer at the paper.
In 1942 he joined the Army as a photographer. After his discharge in 1945 he returned to Baltimore. When the TV station WMAR went on the air he was one of the first employees, working as a cameraman. He left the station in 1948 and returned to work at The Sun as a photographer.
He covered a number of events during his tenure including photographing the fire that consumed the old Pimlico clubhouse in 1966 and the tragic Tru-Fit Clothing fire that killed six firefighters in 1955.
Mr. Nolan retired from The Sun in early summer of 1980 and died a few weeks later at the age of 65.