A Maryland man argues that a quad photograph from the 1800s shows a crowd awaiting a hearse carrying President Abraham Lincoln’s body in front of Grace Episcopal Church in New York on April 24 or 25, 1865. The National Archives has had this photo, made using a four-lens camera on a large glass plate negative, for several decades, but it lacks detailed caption information identifying the scene.
At the turn of the century, Baltimore’s street sweepers were called White Wings because of the fancy white uniforms they wore, complete with coats and ties and matching pith helmets.
More than 50 years ago in 1960, snow fell across Baltimore for the first snow day of the year, one that struck early in the season on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. The snowfall left about a foot of snow in western Maryland as well as 14 inches at Baltimore and Greenbelt.
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt, address to Congress, Dec. 8, 1941.
Many Americans today will toast the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, a 14-year ban on the sale and production of alcohol that turned booze-smuggling thugs into celebrities and otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals.
In the long history of photojournalism at The Baltimore Sun, there have been a number of great photographers. The new book, “Darkroom: Iconic Photography from Seven Baltimore Sun Photographers,” highlights some of The Sun‘s most talented visual artists and their body of work.
As my time at The Baltimore Sun comes to a close, I was asked to encapsulate the 30 years (half my life) in a few paragraphs – which is impossible. If added together, I’ve spent years at a variety of stadiums, arenas and gyms around the country, with an up-close view of sports history. I’ve covered World Series, Super Bowls, Final Fours, Stanley Cup Finals, etc., and I’ve been paid to be there — what a job! My career in Baltimore lasted longer then Cal Ripken Jr.’s, and I have thousands of photos to prove it.
See photos from reenactments of the Battle of Gettysburg through the years.
In his latest Back Story post, Sun reporter Frederick N. Rasmussen looks back at the Baltimore Outdoor Art Festival at Druid Hill Park — which was resurrected as the Art Outside festival Sunday after a 40-year hiatus.
Take a spin through memory lane with these retro photos from the arts festival.