Beatles in Baltimore Photos: A Magical Mystery Tour

By Carl Schoettler (Baltimore Sun, September 13, 2004)

Beatlemania was sweeping America on Sept. 13, 1964, when photographer Morton Tadder strode into the Baltimore Civic Center, climbed onto his little magnesium ladder in the middle of the sea of screaming fans and began shooting the band playing onstage.

Tadder, on assignment for the London Express, shot two rolls of film before he realized the band wasn’t the Beatles, but a warm-up act.

“I had no idea,” he says. “Once you got past Frank Sinatra, I was lost.”

But when the Beatles finally came on, he shot about 10 more rolls of film. He sent two rolls to England and never saw the pictures that were used. The rest of the film he took home, processed and put away in his files, where most remained unseen – until now.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ only appearance in Baltimore, the Maryland Historical Society has opened an exhibit of about two dozen of Tadder’s images. His 1964 photos documenting that appearance, along with the rest of his more than 44 years of work, have become part of the society’s collection.

“These pictures were printed just recently for this show,” Tadder says.

Continue reading “Beatles Photos” at baltimoresun.com.

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