Category Archives: H.L. Mencken

The Rise and Fall of Prohibition in Baltimore, Maryland 1918-1933

Compiled by Michael T. Walsh, University of Maryland Baltimore County for the Maryland State Archives The constitutional enactment of national prohibition in 1920 and its progressive aim of uplifting American society only lasted until 1933. Public opinion evolved in those … Continue reading

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The Peabody Book Shop: One for the books… Or Not.

The Peabody Book Shop was ‘a place where respectable people could come for a sandwich and a glass of beer.’ By Mary K. Zajac (Style Magazine, Sept/Oct 2009) Come in,” the sign above the basement door at 913 N. Charles … Continue reading

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Baltimore’s Grand Old Amusement Parks

Wild Ride Baltimore’s grand old amusement parks were the original pleasure palaces, offering exciting sights and sounds — from the Racer Dip to the Human Laundry Ride to Klatawa the Diving Horse. They also offered a way to, in H.L. … Continue reading

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