The demolition of the L Blast Furnace at Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point recently brought about the end of an era to a Baltimore County icon. The mill was a place where generations of steel making families worked. During its many years of operation The Baltimore Sun has been there to document the company from industry giant to its final collapse. The Darkroom decided to take a look back at some of the memorable photos over the decades.
The 19th Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge kicked off today as “super plungers” took to the waters at Sandy Point State Park at 10am. Super plungers hit the icy waters 24 times in a 24 hour period. The charity event benefits Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities and has become a winter time tradition.
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 award-winning photojournalists was Clarence B. “Curly” Garrett. He came to The Sun in 1946 from Ritz Cameras. Prior to that, he served in the US Navy during World War II.
Crownsville Hospital Center was founded in 1911 as the Hospital for the Negro Insane, a place to house African-American psychiatric patients separately from white patients in the other state hospitals.The first patients helped build the hospital’s first buildings on land that previously was a farm. Some patients weren’t even mentally ill, and scores who died at the hospital were buried in anonymous graves.
At one time, 30 percent of the patients died at the hospital, now a group of buildings boarded up and crumbling on Generals Highway.
The hospital eventually was integrated and became a modern mental health facility before it was closed in 2004 because of a declining patient population. Since then, the campus sat largely vacant.
Baltimore’s historic Lithuanian Hall has been a social gathering place in Baltimore for 100 years, and Saturday’s bash was attended by politicians, dignitaries and the Lithuanian ambassador from Washington.
As winter grips the Baltimore region, backyard birds that normally would rely on insects change their diet and will search for berries and other types of nourishment. The winter can make it hard for birds to find sources as snow blankets the area hiding natural food.
The University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institution held it’s inaugural Crab Pot wheelchair rugby tournament. The sport, also know as quad rugby (short for quadriplegic), is an international sport for players that have disability affecting at least three limbs.
Hollins Market, which dates back to 1846, is the oldest of the surviving five neighborhood public markets in Baltimore. It is also the least changed. The two-story brick structure and the adjoining long shed that run along Hollins Street betweenSouth Arlington and North Carrollton Avenues were built in 1877. The old-fashioned market is a stone’s throw from H.L. Mencken’s house near Union Square.
Famed landscape photographer Ansel Adams once said there are two people in every photograph, the photographer and the viewer. The Sun’s photo staff effort to bring compelling images that draw the viewer to the pages of the newspaper and baltimoresun.com. Be it humor or tragedy, their images elicit emotion. The pictures in this blog post are samples of their work in 2014.