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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Abe Sherman's Shack Attack

Abe Sherman's (unsightly, some thought) newsstand was located in the pocket park on Calvert Street at Lexington Street. City Hall leadership thought Abe's shack-of-a-newsstand didn't fit into the new Baltimore renaissance and started a war to have him and his shack removed.  But Abe fought back - and won. 

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Baltimore Stories
12:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Time Roosevelt's Funeral Train Chugged Through Baltimore

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in 1945, his funeral train passed through Baltimore's Penn Station - but only a few people were allowed to stand trackside and bid final farewells.  Among the onlookers was Congressman Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr and 12-year-old Franklin Delano Roosevelt D'Alesandro.  

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Lil' Tommy's Wedding Day

When Congressman Tommy D'Alesandro, Jr. married Nancy Lombardi, Little Italy - where they were both born and raised - became one vast, day long party of wining and dining.  A little too much of it caused Tommy and Nancy to change their honeymoon plans!  

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Baltimore Stories
4:08 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Going Up Without The Elevator Operators Was Bringing Baltimore Shoppers Down

Gil Sandler, reporter extraordinaire

In 1946, Hochschild Kohn's department store decided to install automated elevators - dismissing the operators, management thought, forever.  But when the automatic elevators were installed and the operators dismissed, the management was in for a very big surprise. 

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Baltimore Stories
10:16 am
Fri March 21, 2014

The Famous "Famous"

On the day of the Baltimore riots, police stopped all incoming vehicles at the city line and turned them back - save one.  This is the story of that one. 

    

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Baltimore Stories
10:34 am
Fri March 14, 2014

You Can Thank The 16,317 Baltimoreans Who Saved Harborplace

Harborplace today is among the busiest tourist attractions in the world - but it almost wasn't.  Baltimoreans let it happen by a very slim majority.  

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Microfilm Found Hidden In Carroll County Pumpkin in 1948 Breaks A Spy Case Wide Open!

History was made in a pumpkin patch in Carroll County when microfilm was found inside one of the pumpkins.  The discovery changed the course of history! 

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Baltimore Stories
3:09 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

The Last Ride Of The Old No. 8

The last streetcar to run in Baltimore was the No. 8 .  But by the time the car's run had been completed, so had the riders' dismantling of it!   

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Baltimore Stories
4:06 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Outrage On The Streets Of Baltimore!

The city fathers had in mind locating the new civic center in Druid Hill Park.  The didn't get it, but they got more than they bargained for! 

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Baltimore Stories
3:37 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The Night The Train Station Rocked Itself To Sleep

The B&O Mt. Royal Station provided rocking chairs for its patrons and when the rocking chairs mysteriously disappeared, Baltimoreans got furious. 

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