Next time you pry off a bottle cap from a soft drink or beer bottle, send up a little toast to William Painter, who invented the “crown cork” bottle cap. He also inspired King Camp Gillette to invent the disposable razor blade.Read More
Etta and Claribel Cone accumulated one of the world’s finest modern French Art collections for their side-by-side Bolton Hill apartments. Works by Matisse, Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, Picasso and other then-undiscovered artists covered their walls. Laces, shawls, sculpture, porcelain, rugs, precious stones and other artifacts covered flat surfaces.Read More
When Rosa Ponselle, one of the world’s greatest opera sopranos, married Carle A. Jackson, son of Baltimore’s Mayor Howard Jackson in 1936, she adopted Baltimore as her hometown.Read More
Sometime in the 1920s, John W. Sherwood and his wife Mary planted a few tulips and boxwoods to fill in bare spots on the six acres around their new Georgian-style home in Guilford. Today, the garden is a beloved Baltimore public landmark.Read More
Berthe Schofield was a circus trapeze artist and bareback horse rider in the early 1900s. She gave up that life after meeting Baltimore silversmith Frank Schofield while performing a vaudeville show at the Maryland Theater.Read More
She may have been the daughter of a wealthy Baltimorean and a Roland Park Country School graduate but, to the Nazis, Virginia Hall was “the most dangerous of all Allied spies.” They searched, but never found her.
If you came of age in Baltimore during the 50s and 60s, you probably heard the talk about Druid Ridge Cemetery's most famous grave marker. To this day, people in Baltimore reminisce about their clandestine nights with her.Read More