Postcard: Hotel Belvedere

Now and then I’ll be sharing another way of getting a glimpse of the Maryland that came before us — through postcards. Of course, I’m late to the game; there’s nothing new about collecting postcards. But just as I love finding interesting vignettes to share from yesteryear, I also have been enjoying finding unique messages... Continue Reading →

In the Buff on the Tracks

A railroad worker got quite a shock one evening in 1903 when he saw a “gleaming white” figure suddenly appear and slowly approach him on the railroad tracks. Pennsylvania Railroad worker Joseph Kingsley was standing in front of the Frederick Road station around 9 p.m. one March evening when he spotted a “perfectly nude man”... Continue Reading →

Oysters: ‘A Maryland Favorite’

I had the pleasure of accompanying my daughter on a field trip to Rose Hill Manor in Frederick last week. My husband and I each had fuzzy memories of being served mint tea and some sort of  cracker when we had visited Gov. Thomas Johnson's retirement home during our own elementary school field trip days... Continue Reading →

‘A Mother’s Duty’

Mothers were warned of the dangers of immodest fashion and other activities that endangered their daughters’ morals one Sunday evening in 1912 at First Baptist Church. Dr. O.C.S. Wallace shared these dangers in his message “Present Perils and Problems,” according to the Baltimore Sun. “He said: ‘Indecent fashions in dress, which were doubtless intended by... Continue Reading →

Brawl at the Ballpark

A few weeks ago, I shared the passion Orioles fans had for baseball and fair calls. This week, I’m sharing how a little common courtesy at the ballpark could have saved a little time, trouble and money for two spectators. In August 1912, Joseph F. Kennedy, having gotten to the Oriole Park early, settled in... Continue Reading →

‘Candle, Breeze, Blaze’

A perfect storm of circumstances started a fire at a residence in 1911 Baltimore. “A candle, loose wall paper and a breeze blowing in the open window of the kitchen at 129 South Caroline street” started a “slight blaze” in Louis Ginsman’s home, according to a Baltimore Sun article with the headline “Candle, Breeze, Blaze.”... Continue Reading →

Updegraff’s Clothiers, Hatters and Furnishers

West Washington Street in downtown Hagerstown is a treasure trove of ghost signs. Down the road from Eyerly’s Department Store is the painted ghost sign of the long-shuttered Updegraff’s Clothiers, Hatters and Furnishers. The unassuming, fading sign has been prominently displayed at the top of a four-story building for decades. “It is apparently the oldest... Continue Reading →

The Accidental Poisoning of Miss Nierhaus

Accidental poisonings seemed to take place often a century ago. One such incident involved the poisoning of Miss Teresa Nierhaus at the hands of her friend in August 1911. The Baltimore Sun reported that the 22-year-old woman, who was living on West Lexington Street in Baltimore, thought she was taking a dose of paregoric, which... Continue Reading →

‘Eggs for Umpire’

With the start of baseball season last week, this incident from July 1, 1904 can resonate with all the Orioles fans who have ever been frustrated by umpires’ calls. “Aged eggs were the feature of yesterday’s ball game at Oriole Park,” began the Baltimore Sun article. “They were intended for an umpire who had been... Continue Reading →

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