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Picture This: Past favorites

Picture This: Past favorites

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On March 20, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., The Baltimore Sun will chronicle a day in the life of Baltimore — and we want your help. Show us how you work, play and go about your business on the first day of spring here in Charm City. We’ll feature some of the best shots on our website and print.

If you have a camera or a cell phone with a camera, we want to see what you see: the places you go, the people you meet and whatever else you may encounter. For inspiration, take a look at our favorite submissions from past Picture This contests.

How to submit your photos:

  • On Instagram and Twitter, tag your photos with #picturethis13
  • Upload photos directly to our user photo gallery.

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50 years of the Hula Hoop® in Baltimore and beyond

50 years of the Hula Hoop® in Baltimore and beyond

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On March 5, 1963, Wham-O’s co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin patented the Hula Hoop® (U.S. Patent Number 3,079,728). However, the folks at Wham-O can’t technically claim to be the first to spin hoops around their midsections. For centuries, many cultures have been using hoops for exercise and religious ceremonies. It just so happens that the sock hoppin’ 50’s and the gyrating hips of a king meant the time was right for the toy makers to introduce their hoop en mass to the hip-shaking American youth. The first modern Hula Hoop was first marketed 1958 leading to hundreds of millions of units sold before Wham-O’s patent was even granted.

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A “Masked Mystery” at the Maryland Historical Society uncovered by blog readers

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The Maryland Historical Society launched a blog this past September called underbelly. With its vast collection of photographs, maps, recordings and other historical documents, the blog culls through and explores important, and often forgotten items from Maryland’s rich history. Occasionally, as its name suggests, the blog discusses less-than-flattering past events, which continue to reverberate with Marylanders of today. One such entry recently got our attention entitled “Masked Mystery.” In the article, the author introduces a sinister-looking photograph from their archives that has perplexed them for some time.

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Opening Day parades, victory parties: How Baltimore celebrated its winning teams over the years

Opening Day parades, victory parties: How Baltimore celebrated its winning teams over the years

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After winning Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens were welcomed back by one of the greatest victory parades in Baltimore history with over 200,000 fans in attendance on Feb. 5.

Look back at past celebrations and Opening Day sports parades. Perhaps, the biggest turnout was on April 15, 1954, when fans welcomed the Baltimore Orioles in their very first season on Opening Day against the White Sox. Over 350,000 fans were said to have shown up for the parade.

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