Second side of the record.

Side 1 of a record I found at the thift store. Originally released in 1961.

Not in My Neighborhood

Lately I’ve been reading Not in My Neighborhood by Antero Pietila. It’s the story of how racial prejudice and legally mandated segregation led Baltimore to become more famous for its heroin and blight than its harbor and monuments.

Another thing I did recently was use Google Fusion and data released by Baltimore City on the locations of all properties deemed “uninhabitable” to come up with this map.


Take a look at McCulloh Street. It’s just west of Eutaw Place in the northwest corner of the city. On June 9, 1910 Margaret Franklin Brewer - a white woman - sold 1834 McCulloh Street to W. Ashbie Hawkins, a black lawyer. Three weeks later The Baltimore Sun reported on the sale, declaring there was a “Negro Invasion” occurring in Baltimore.

Six months later on December 9, 1910, Baltimore became the first legislature in the nation to use the Supreme Court’s “separate but equal” ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson to justify legally dividing the entire city into “white blocks” and “black blocks”, with McCulloh Street as a major dividing line between the two. And now, 114 years later you can still see that dividing line on the map in the number of abandoned houses on either side of the street.

If you’ve ever wondered how Baltimore ended up the way it has I highly recommend checking out that book. It’s an, at times, surprising and disturbing story but one well worth knowing about of everything from racism and bigotry to eugenics and redlining.

We also did a Neighborhood Beat with the author a few years ago at CCBC that you can watch here:—bxAYU. And you can view a larger version of the map here.

From the Archives: Trying to decide on the name and phone number of the new York Rd. WMAR studios.

Looks like WBAL’s “Radio News Center of Maryland” never quite caught on.

Cleaning up the archives. (at WMAR-TV (ABC 2))

at WMAR-TV (ABC 2)

Early TV broadcasting, Brisbane by ABC Archives on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Experiments with television broadcasting systems took place in Australia as early as the 1930s. Here Thomas M. B. Elliott, under the auspices of Dr. Valentine McDowall is pictured with his experimental equipment at the convict-built old Windmill in Brisbane in 1934

Thanks to ‘QldRadioTVPioneers’ for the following additional info on this image

‘Newspapers (Telegraph 1930 July), indicate that the installation of the television apparatus commenced in July 1930. Experiments began in l931, with good results. The gentleman pictured is Thomas M. B. Elliott, under the auspices of Dr. Valentine McDowall. Both are accredited as being the pioneers of radio, television and radiography in Queensland. The station call sign was VK4CM, Observatory Tower, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane.’

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