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One of Baltimore’s many nicknames is “City of Firsts”….These “firsts” are testament to the innovations that Baltimoreans have developed throughout the city’s history. Numerous advances and innovations in industry, transportation, science, and education have been pioneered in Baltimore. SOURCE
The first umbrella in America arrived in Baltimore from India in 1772. In 1828, the first American umbrella factory opened in Baltimore.
The world’s first dredger – the Baltimore Mud Machine, was invented by Andrew and John Ellicot in 1783.
The Methodist Church in America began on December 27, 1784 at Baltimore Town’s Lovely Lane meetinghouse.
The first electric refrigerator was invented by Thomas Moore in Baltimore in 1803.
The oldest stationer in the Western Hemisphere, Lucas Brothers, began in Baltimore in 1804.
Baltimore is the birthplace of American railroads (1828). To prove its practicality, America’s first steam locomotive, the Tom Thumb, raced a horse drawn carriage out to Ellicott’s Mills, and lost the race.
Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first telegraph message, “What hath God wrought?” from Washington DC along the B&O Right-of-way to Baltimore’s Mt. Clare Station in 1844.
The first ice cream freezer was patented by W. G. Young in 1848.
Baltimore’s Thomas Kensett is credited with perfecting the technique of canning fruits and vegetables in the 1850′s. Canning became a major Baltimore industry.
Ottmar Mergenthaler introduced his Linotype machine in 1886.
First commercial stomach antacid seltzer, Bromo-Seltzer, was made by Captain Isaac E. Emerson in 1891.
The Ouija board was invented and patented by Isaac and William Fuld in 1892.
First portable electric drill with pistol grip was developed at Black & Decker in 1916.
First producer of venetian blinds in the United States was the Eastern Venetian Blind Company, 1932.
Baltimore is the home of Noxzema skin care cream, originally called “Dr. Bunting’s Sunburn Remedy.”
Baltimore’s Public Works Museum is the first US museum dedicated to the history of municipal services.
The Battle Monument is 52 feet high and is dedicated to those who lost their lives defending the city…the first monument in the US to honor the soldiers instead of the generals.
First American city to win a championship in the Canadian Football League, the Baltimore CFL’s or “Stallions” (1995).
50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Baltimore
Charm City, I hardly knew ya!
1. Just so you know, In Baltimore It's illegal to throw bales of hay from a second-story window.
2. Also It's illegal to take a lion to the movies… there’s nothing about tigers and bears though, so there is that.
3. Put away those sexy elbows if you want to hit the jungle gym, because It is against park rules to be in a public park with a sleeveless shirt.
4. It is a violation of city code to sell chicks or ducklings to a minor within one week of the Easter holiday. This is just good advice.
7. Baltimore's nickname is Charm City.
8. The first professional sports organization in the United States, The Maryland Jockey Club, was formed in Baltimore in 1743.
9. The Ouija board was first marketed by Charles Kennard of Baltimore who who pulled together a group of four other investors to create the Kennard Novelty Company specifically to make and sell the boards.
10. Snowballs—grandfathers to slushies, snow cones, and shaved ice—were invented in Baltimore during the American Industrial Revolution. Also invented that day: the brainfreeze.
11. This may or may not have lead to the first dental school in the world being founded in Baltimore in 1840.
12. Notorious gunslinger Doc Holliday was called "Doc" because he was a dentist. Holliday learned his trade at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.
13. Edgar Allen Poe died, and was buried in Westminster Church Cemetery at Fayette and Green. It’s tradition for visitors leave coins on the grave. But you might want to bring some cat treats too for all the cats that keep watch over Poe’s final resting place
14. Since 1949, every year on the night of Poe’s birthday, a mysterious stranger in black left a bottle of cognac and three roses on his grave. And just as mysteriously stopped in 2010.
15. If you love Neo-Impressionism (and really, who doesn’t) take note of this fact: The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to the internationally renowned Cone Collection, and it holds the largest collection of Henri Matisse's works in the world.
16. The first post office system in the United States was inaugurated in Baltimore in 1774.
17. The first telegraph line in the world was established between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore in 1844.
18. The first umbrella factory in America was established in Baltimore in 1828.
19. Baltimore was the first city to implement 311 service as a non-emergency hotline.
20. The first civic monument dedicated to President George Washington, Baltimore's Washington Monument, is located in Baltimore.
21. The first successful manned balloon launch in the United States launched from Baltimore and was operated by 13-year-old Edward Warren in 1784.
22. Baltimore is the 26th largest city in the country.
24. James Brown once owned the number one radio station in town. Kwesi Mfume worked for him there while attended Baltimore Community College.
25. America's first Catholic cathedral, the Baltimore Basilica of Assumption, is located in Baltimore.
26. Using hydrogen gas, Baltimore was the first United States city to illuminate its streets in 1816.
27. The first bloodshed of the Civil War, a clash between pro-South civilians and Union troops in Baltimore, happened in 1861.
28. The first African American-owned shipyard in the United States is now an African American heritage site, the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum.
29. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is the first and only United States airport to have a dedicated trail for hiking and biking.
30. Baltimore caused the standardization of firefighting equipment across the country after a fire in 1904 wiped out most of the city.
31. Michael Phelps, the most medaled Olympian of all time, with 22 gold medals was born in the city
32. The 1,200 foot Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore is the second longest continuous truss bridge in the nation.
33. Baltimore is home to the USS Constellation. This ship is the last Civil War vessel afloat. It was built in 1854 and is the last all-sail warship built by the U.S. Navy.
34. Baltimore was the birthplace of the American railroad. In 1829, the B&O Railroad (Baltimore & Ohio) was built, serving as the country’s first commercial railroad and long-distance track, with the nation’s first passenger station as well.
36. According to the Brookings Institution, almost a quarter of the jobs in the Baltimore region are science, technology, engineering and math positions.
37. Thurgood Marshall, the grandson of a slave, a champion for civil rights, and the first African American to serve on the Supreme court, was from Baltimore. Before being appointed a judge, Marshall won the most cases before the Supreme Court than any other American.
38. The city is named after Cecilius Calvert, Lord Baltimore, a member of the Irish House of Lords and the founding proprietor of the Maryland Colony.
39. On February 7, 1904, the Great Baltimore Fire destroyed over 1,500 buildings in 30 hours, leaving more than 70 blocks of the downtown area burned to the ground. Damages were estimated at $150 million—in 1904 dollars.
40. The Lloyd Street Synagogue in Baltimore is one of the oldest synagogues in the United States.
41. I.M. Pei's World Trade Center (1977) is the tallest equilateral pentagonal building in the world at 405 feet (123 m) tall.
42. Baltimore is a city of more than 220 neighborhoods.
43. The 40-story Legg Mason Building is the tallest building in Baltimore.
44. Reginald F. Lewis, the first black owner of a billion dollar company, was born in Baltimore.
45. Billie Holiday, the jazz singer, was born in Baltimore. A monument in her honor stands on the corner of Lafayette and Pennsylvania Avenues.
46. The Mother Seton House in Baltimore celebrates the life of the first American to be sainted, a Baltimore resident.
47. The Indianapolis Colts were actually the Baltimore Colts. Johnny Unitas, in most probability the greatest quarterback NFL has ever seen, helped the Colts win over 17 seasons in Baltimore.
48. Johns Hopkins Hospital was built on the site of an insane asylum. Hopkins bought the 13-acre site for $150,000 instead of following through on plans to build the hospital on his 330-acre estate in Clifton.
49. Johns Hopkins’ library collection includes more than 4.3 million titles.
50. The Baltimore Ravens could have been called the Americans or the Marauders. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if they made the right choice.
Yup, it's Valentine's Day! It's that time of the year again! Awash in a sea of reds, pinks, lace, flowers, hearts and cute little angels with bow and arrow in hand! And, like many people, as much as we pretend we hate it all, we are still searching for ideas to make the day perfect for that special someone in our lives.
Dinner out has become difficult with the crowds, limited reservations, and the often exorbitant fixed price (prix fixe) menus which can make a huge dent in the wallet! What seemed like a good idea, can easily become a night of frustration, punctuated by "not as good as usual" food with matching service and which ends up far from the perfect romantic evening you had in mind.
So, what's a soul to do? Take a step back and rethink the concept! The point of the day is to celebrate love and caring. Not a bad excuse for a holiday if you really think about it...So, rather than trying to find the perfect restaurant or the perfect gift, what you should be thinking is "what truly shows this person I love and/or care about them?" What makes them happy? How do I make them smile? And then start there. While we don't have all the answers, here are a few thoughts! Whether setting up a first date, a first Valentine's Day together or celebrating another successful and happy year of loving and caring for each other, here are some outside of the box ideas to truly make the day and evening special!
Here's a Valentine's fact that lots of people seem to forget....it's Valentine's DAY, not just Valentine's Night! That means you have the entire day to do something special or romantic to show someone you care for them! Which brings us to tastings. Saturday is a great day to go out and taste some local wines, beers or distilled spirits. And, it still leaves your evening open for something else. Here in Maryland, we are blessed to have so many wineries, breweries and distilleries where you can taste local spirits fresh at the source! It's a really fun way to spend and afternoon and most are located in scenic areas of our beautiful state. So take a daytrip together! Here are a few options in each category...
• Winery Tastings: Linganore, Boordy, Elk Run, St. Michael's Winery, Great Frog, and more...
• Brewery Tastings: Heavy Seas, Union Craft, Jail Break, Evolution Craft Brewing and more...
• Distillery Tastings: Lyon Distilling (Rum), Blackwater Distillery (Sloop Betty Vodka), Twin Valley Distillery (Vodka & Rum)
• Meadery Tastings: Charm City Meadworks
The Holiday Season is upon us! Friends and family have begun showing up on our doorsteps; young and hip, those leading a caravan of children, and they all want to have fun! So, here is our list, in no particular order, of "Things to do in Maryland During the Holidays 2014!"
For the adults ONLY! Want to go out drinking, carousing and caroling with Old St. Nick? Then take Santa's Naughty Pub Crawl! And while Tours & Crawls Entertainment don't have a direct line to the big guy (besides, he's kinda busy rechecking his list and making sure you're in the right column), you can enjoy a two-hour pub crawl and naughty caroling trip through the streets and pubs of Annapolis, Fells Point or Federal Hill led by their very own Bad Santa or one of his "Naughty" Helpers! Guests are encouraged to dress as the Jolly Fat man himself, as perhaps a naughty Mrs. Claus, the traditional Mrs. for the more inhibited or maybe one of Santa's little helpers on this rip-roaring holiday party crawl! Guest will be visiting numerous taverns, enjoying festive holiday cocktails and seasonal artisan beers all the while singing raucous carols from the "Naughty Xmas Carol Songbook" (to be supplied to each guest).
Indulge in Maryland's Holiday Beers!: Tis the season to be drinking...one of Maryland's many fine locally-brewed seasonal craft beers! Here's a short list of beers you should not miss: Heavy Seas Brewing's Winter Storm, Union Craft Brewing's Snow Pants Oatmeal Stout, and then there's the Flying Dog Brewing Holiday Collection, which comes out of a collaboration between the brewery and Baltimore's own Otterbein's Cookies to bring out a line of cookie-flavored seasonal brews, YUM!
Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade (Annapolis, MD): Every year on the second Saturday in December, magic happens on the water of the Annapolis Harbor during the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade — boats suddenly appear out of the cold winter night illuminated with thousands of colored lights and crewed by jolly revelers. Families and friends gather at their favorite viewing spots along the waterfront to see this yearly spectacle and to celebrate the holiday season together. The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade is one of Annapolis’ signature events and we invite you to join us as a participant in the parade or as a spectator cheering on the decorated boats and their crews. Our tips, get there early to scope out a great viewing spot, bring a blanket (and a flask, wink wink), it can get cold out there!
Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade (Baltimore, MD): Mark your calendars! The 41th Annual Mayor's Christmas Parade will be held on December 7th, 2014 at 1PM. Sponsored by community associations and businesses in North Baltimore's Hampden and Medfield neighborhoods. The attendance along the 2.5 mile route reached 25,000 people last year at the Annual Mayor's Christmas Parade to view Santa Claus and about 160 marching units. The parade will feature floats, local TV and Radio personalities, over 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles, a steam calliope, great bands, Mummers of Philadelphia, Miss Yuletide and Jr. Miss Yuletide and of course Santa!
Miracle on 34th Street (Baltimore, MD): This is a must see during the holiday season! Check out Christmas Street in the Village of Hampden, located in North Baltimore! Millions of lights on dozens of homes, all along one city block! The lights come on for the season THIS Saturday the 29th between 5:00 and 6:00 PM depending on the TV coverage so they can sync up with there respective networks. Looking forward to seeing everyone there. For the season the lights will be on everyday from 5:00PM to 11:00PM. For Xmas eve and New Years eve the lights are on all night. The lights go off for the season on Jan 2nd.
Drive-thru Holiday Lights Spectaculars (Sandy Point & Columbia, MD): Pile the family in the car and head on out to check out some really cool holiday lights in these drive-thru light shows! Two of the best are the Lights on the Bay, at Sandy Point State Park near the foot of the Bay Bridge, which benefits Anne Arundel Medical Center, and the Symphony of Lights at Symphony Woods in Columbia, MD, which benefits Howard County General Hospital!
"Tours for Toys" Charity Toy Drive (Annapolis & Baltimore, MD): Taking place every December, these events in Annapolis (12/23) and Baltimore (12/12) are a great way to get out and explore these great cities on FREE Walking Tours and Pub Crawls, while providing toys to underprivileged children through a charitable donation. The event's organizers, Tours & Crawls Entertainment and Intrinsic Events are offering up an entire evening of Tours and Crawls at NO CHARGE...all they ask is that guests bring an unwrapped toy which will be donated to two local charities who then distribute them to families in need so that every kid can have a very Merry Xmas! In Annapolis, all toys go to "We Care and Friends" and in Baltimore the recipient is "The Family Tree of MD"! Both great organizations and worthy causes! Come on out and make a difference! Don't forget your toys!
How the city's nickname came to be
WHEN IT comes to news reporting, the old city-room edict is always: first, get the story; and second, get it right. When the writer gets it wrong, it's a mess. It gets the reader who knows better all upset, confuses history and puts an error in the record books. I know; I've had my share of errors.
Recently, the New York Times, which is known for its excellence, included what some of us around Baltimore consider a glaring error. On Sunday, July 9, the Times published an article about Baltimore in its travel section, called "What's Doing in Baltimore," by writer Melinda Henneberger. "H. L. Mencken," she wrote, "that old charmer, dubbed his hometown 'Charm City.' "
Well, Ms. Henneberger, you got it wrong.
The nickname "Charm City" traces its origins only back to 1975 (Mencken died in 1956); it grew out of creative conferences among four of the city's leading advertising executives and creative directors: Dan Loden and art director Stan Paulus of VanSant/Dugdale; Herb Fried and writer Bill Evans from W. B. Donor. As leaders of the city's largest advertising agencies, they had come together at then Mayor William Donald Schaefer's request to "come up with something to promote the city. And do it now! I'm worried about this city's poor image." Mayor Schaefer had reason to worry.
It was the Baltimore before Harborplace, the Maryland Science Center and the Aquarium. Charles Center was going up, but more was coming down. "Baltimore," native son Mark Kram wrote in Sports Illustrated at the time, "is an anonymous city even to those who live there, a city that draws a laugh even from Philadelphia, a sneer from Washington, with a hundred tag lines that draw neither smile nor sneer from the city: Nickel Town, Washington's Brooklyn. A Loser's Town."
It was that reputation the mayor was fighting. So, the challenge was there for Messrs. Loden, Paulus, Fried and Evans. Mr. Loden recalls, "Stan Paulus and Bill Evans came up with the thought that Baltimore had so much hidden charm and started to work out how the idea might be translated into advertisements." Recalls Mr. Paulus, "It was Bill Evans who wrote the line that set it all going: 'Baltimore has more history and unspoiled charm tucked away in quiet corners than most American cities out in the spotlight.' "
Soon, Dan Loden recalls, the four of them at work began calling Baltimore "Charm City." Indeed, a charm bracelet was displayed at the bottom of each ad; there were only about five of them. But "Charm City" had been born, and set into Baltimore legend.
The ads ran in The Sun, and featured the charm of Charm City: White steps, steamed crabs, beer, Mount Vernon, the Preakness, Mencken, museums, quiet neighborhood streets, Babe Ruth, row houses and raw bars.
Local disk jockeys created music to promote the slogan. "They gave it their best. But it was an idea whose time had not come," Mr. Loden recalls. "The city did not have the money [or, yet the attractions] to sustain the program and it died."
Mr. Evans said: "I would be flattered to have my work attributed to H. L. Mencken, if the idea weren't so absurd. Nothing could be more un-Mencken than 'Charm City.' Copywriters are not above stealing, but they aren't stupid. No one in his right mind would take credit for material originating with H. L. Mencken in a city that has almost as many Mencken scholars as we have Oriole fans."
To be charitable, according to Mencken scholar Vincent Fitzpatrick, Mencken often used the word "charm" in talking about Baltimore. An example from The Evening Sun of May 11, 1931: "The old charm, in truth, still survives in the town. . . ." But that's a long way from having dubbed Baltimore "Charm City."
As for Ms. Henneberger's getting it wrong -- hey, hon, it happens -- even among the pros.
10 Things Only People From Baltimore Will Understand
It's all true Charm City!
Some Marylanders take offense to the stereotype of the “hon” but not Baltimoreans. They’re loud and proud about it, hon! They even have a “Honfest” that celebrates true hon culture. (If you want to meet a true Baltimore Hon, be sure to take one of Baltimore Tours & Crawls' Walking Ghost Tours or Haunted Pub Crawls with Stacy, winner and champion Bawlmer "Miss Hon" 2013!)
So get your hair done up, put on those fake eyelashes, and get ready for a hon parade cause this is Baltimore.
This classic, chocolatey, delicious Baltimore snack is not meant to be eaten lightly… you need at least a pound of Berger’s or you’re doing something wrong with your life. Quit being an amateur.
National Bohemian Beer was brewed in Baltimore before recently being bought out by Pabst. But Baltimoreans don’t care. To them, it will always be the beer that defines their city.
This is, and will forever be, the beer any true Baltimorean craves on a hot summer day at the beach or while watching an Orioles game. It’s Natty Boh, or nothing.
No matter how much they deny it, Baltimoreans secretly love “The Wire” and the notoriety it gives the city. Plus, watching the show and seeing their neighborhoods, stores, and schools as sets is actually a pretty awesome thing about living in Baltimore.
Utz Potato Chips are a way of life in Baltimore. Sprinkle a little J.O. Spice on them and you’re golden. Yum.
If you’re a true Baltimorean, you’ve undoubtedly tried to get a glimpse of the Poe Toaster—a mysterious man who visited the grave of Poe on Poe’s birthday, leaving only a rose and a bottle of cognac behind.
The tradition went on for 75 years, and though it has since stopped, many Baltimoreans still visit the grave on Poe’s birthday to see if he’ll return. This is just one of those Baltimore traditions that’ll never really die.
There’s nothing better than a good old-fashioned baseball rivalry to make a city. Almost all Baltimoreans (with any good sense in them) root tirelessly for the Baltimore Orioles. However, an unfortunate few still pledge loyalty to the Washington Nationals (for God knows what reason…)
So, Nationals fans beware. This is the Orioles’ city. And they’re proud of it.
Everyone knows that Baltimore has the best blue crabs in all of Maryland. Don’t believe me? Head to the Baltimore Crab Festival. Or, better yet, the Baltimore Crab and Beer Festival.
Baltimoreans know how to make crab in a million different ways and could serve it to you for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tip: you eat crabs with your hands. Utensils are not for true Baltimoreans.
All Baltimoreans know the best place to drink on a Friday night is Nacho Mama’s. Where else will you get to have a cheap, hubcap-sized margarita? The answer is nowhere. So drink up and enjoy. Plus, the nachos are, well, amazing.
*As the founder and CEO of Tour & Crawls and an Annapolitan, I must disagree with Baltimore on this one...Old Bay on Chesapeake Bay caught crabs is the only way to go! With ice cold Natty Boh...of course!Did we miss anything? Tell us what you think is unique about Baltimore in the comments below!
Baltimore Tours & Crawls tour guide extraordinaire Amanda went on Fox 45 News this morning to talk about our Fells Point Haunted Pub Crawls and Walking Ghost Tours...take a look!