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Organ Grinders

Mar 31, 2017

Organ grinder and monkey on unidentified street. Baltimore 1900. Unidentified photographer.
Credit Maryland Historical Society

Up through the 1940s Baltimoreans knew it was spring when they saw the organ grinders and their monkeys appear suddenly on the street corners of downtown. One such organ grinder was Luciano Ibolito, and his monkey’s name was Julia. And this is the story of how together they would usher spring in Baltimore.