We had wooden steps and every year my father would paint them white and we used to scrub the sidewalks with detergent…

Geraldine Ida Bartkowiak Weaver

In the Polish families of old Canton, for whom cleaning was religion on a par with Catholicism and a broom was an extra limb, all scrubbing was done well in advance of the Thanksgiving feast. The many factories in the neighborhood went dark on major holidays and the industrial village by the harbor took on an eerie spell. Continue reading…


Baltimoreans have a predilection for commemorating historical events, from the momentous to the obscure.
Ouija board

A few everyday items for which you can thank Charm City.
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The mobster's gift for medical care he received in Baltimore.

Crabtown Observed

At Ikaros, customers become friends and friends are longtime customers. They eat and love and celebrate until the day when others are toasting to their memory.

This was one place where Baltimoreans mixed, and could get a pretty good meal.
Brandy “Marzipain” Tomhave

I was a jammer on the roller derby track.