The Zoo, the Park, and a Baltimore Befuddlement

I’m not an expert on Baltimore, by any means. I’ve never lived there. I was born in Towson and grew up in Carroll County. But Baltimore was my first exposure to City and all that big “C” entails. The redeveloped … Continue reading

Transportation Tuesday – B&O Centenary Pageant, 1927

Ladies in nymph-like attire twirling and leaping through fields – sounds like the turn of the century pageantry movement to me. The Centenary Pageant in 1927 for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is a rather late occurrence of this type … Continue reading

Transportation Tuesday: Fundraising for Railcar Restoration

Kudos to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad as they restore Western Maryland Railway’s Pullman Business Car #204. Built in 1918, it has spent the last 50 years as a residence near Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland. Many foundations focus … Continue reading

Transportation Tuesday: Old Railway Storefront Design

During my maternity leave, I joined Abandoned Rails on Facebook. During those 1am and 3am feeds (lucky me) the almost 7,000 members on Abandoned Rails posted fascinating photos of endeavors past rusting into the dirt. They are stories of industry … Continue reading

Sykesville Tavern, 1857

This great image in the collections of the Maryland Historical Society captures an early 19th century tavern in Sykesville, Maryland. Not all collections are available for research on MHS’s website, and their photo offerings are Baltimore-centric, but it was great … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday: Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Redux

Better known as the PATH, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad began shuttling passengers through its cast iron tunnels between Manhattan and points in New Jersey in 1908. My travels have been constrained in the last couple of months due to … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: NYC Department of Records Photo Archive and the Williamsburg Bridge Streetcar

The incredible site that is the NYC Department of Records Photo Archive showcases the grit and mechanics of the 20th century city. Some of the photographs are iconic, such as If you go, use the classification tree on the left. … Continue reading

Christmas Dinner on the Rails

Christmas generally takes us to Maryland. While the Amtrak train I take travels over the Pennsylvania Railroad into Baltimore’s Penn Station, here’s a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Royal Blue Line menu from Christmas Day, 1900. The selections are fun and … Continue reading

Transportation Tuesday: Jim Crow Era Rail Car at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Recently, the National Museum of African American History installed two of its first objects, though walls are scant and the roof does not yet exist. A 77-ton rail car built in 1918 and used by the Southern Railway was installed … Continue reading

Crossing Wright’s Ferry on the Susquehanna, 1787

If this post already sounds familiar, see my post on the 1811-13 watercolor by Secretary to the Russian Consul-General┬áPavel Petrovich Svinin (MMA 42.95.37) of crossing Wright’s Ferry, near Columbia, Pennsylvania. While at Winterthur this summer for a research fellowship, I … Continue reading