Category Archives: Gayety

“Rock ‘n Roll Girl” Rumbles the Gayety (1956)

Gayety Raid Changes Aim Of Take-Offs Charges Laid Against 2 After Audience Shows It’s Not Slow (The Baltimore Sun, 6/25/1956) Two hundred patrons at the Gayety Theater took off in a hurry yesterday afternoon when the police rackets division raided … Continue reading

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Gayety Tavern

Gayety Tavern, interior view with customers Baltimore ca. 1935 John Dubas (fl. 1904-1973) 8×10 inch acetate negative Baltimore City Life Museum Collection Maryland Historical Society Photographs ( Tags: jennifer a. ferretti, maryland historical society, mdhs imaging services

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Like Bluefins from the Bay, Nobles of the Hardshells Survive

By Jackie Nickel (10/28/1982) The day was hot, the beer was cold, and the steamed crabs were large and well-seasoned on an August afternoon in 1935 when the first gathering of the Ancient and Honorable Nobles of the Hardshells took … Continue reading

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RIP Fran Daniels, Gayety Showgirl, “Hamm’s Beer Girl”

By Avenue, 3/21/2011 Frances Carol Mootafian (nee Kessinger), also known as Fran Daniels, passed away on Feb. 18, 2011. She was born on Nov. 23, 1931 in Camp Creek, W.Va. Born to parents Ira and Dorinda Kessinger, Frances was … Continue reading

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