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Gil Sandler's Baltimore Stories

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Gilbert Sandler is one of Baltimore's most-read and well-known local historians. For more than thirty years, through his articles in the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Jewish Times, National Public Radio and his books and lectures, he has shown Baltimoreans, through anecdote and memory, who they are, where they have been and, perhaps, where they are going. He was educated in Baltimore's public schools and graduated from Baltimore City College; in World War II, he served in the United States Navy as a ship-board navigator in the Pacific. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has a master's from Johns Hopkins.

Archive prior to December 2014.

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. 

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. 

    

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.  

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! 

The Last Ride Of The Old No. 8

Feb 28, 2014

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!   

Outrage On The Streets Of Baltimore!

Feb 17, 2014

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! 

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

Remembering The Ol' Penn Hotel Gang In Towson

Jan 31, 2014

The country and the world would be a lot different if what happened in the old Penn Hotel had not.  Hear the story if "what if"...

Biggest Crab Ever!!

Jan 24, 2014

Learn why the biggest crab ever caught in Maryland waters goes into the record book with an asterick and an explanation!

When Maryland's movie censors had the power to declare a movie indecent, it did - with a movie

called "The Moon is Blue".  Hear how the decision backfired.

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