There are no other photos in the collection that relate to this one (that we know of).
There are 15 masked individuals and three unmasked individuals.
The masks are folded in the middle around the nose and have a pattern around the edges, similar to a napkin.
The African American man on the platform seems calm (for someone in a mysterious situation), is wearing a visible wedding ring, and has a pin on his coat.
There is a newspaper on the table with a note across is which I thought said “Lot 001” but it’s difficult to tell.
This is definitely ca. 1900-1920 as the original format is glass negative and this is definitely after the invention of electricity.
Just because the photo was labeled “detective room” does not mean that this is absolute truth. Often times people will write a description several years after the photo made it’s way to MdHS. It may not have been The Hughes Company who wrote this description.
The Hughes Company was a commercial photography company in Baltimore from the late 1800s until the 1970s. They mostly photographed construction, buildings, events, professionals, etc. in the Baltimore area.
This is too early in Baltimore history to be the first African American police officer. The first African American to join the police department was Violet Hill Whyte in 1937.
September 26, 1960 — Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon stand before an audience of 70 million Americans—two-thirds of the nation’s adult population—in the first nationally televised Presidential debate. This first of four debates held before the end of October gave a vast national audience the opportunity to see and compare the two candidates, and ushered in a new age of Presidential politics.
Six-year-old girls use a “Winky Dink” drawing kit on their home TV screen as they watch the kids’ program.
The show, which aired for four years in the 1950s, has been cited as “the first interactive TV show,” especially in light of its “magic drawing screen” — basically, a piece of vinyl plastic that stuck to the TV screen, and on which kids (and, no doubt, some adults) would trace the action on the screen.
Here, a gallery of photographs that unapologetically celebrates what is arguably America’s true national pastime: watching TV.
From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights delves into the story of how thousands of African Americans came to work in Northern California’s lumber mills nearly a hundred years ago and explores some of the multi-racial rural towns they called home.