Hutzler’s (Courtesy of Jacques Kelly Collection, photo circa 1910)

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Art Deco and Romanesque architecture, glittering window display cases with innovative fashions, lunch counters and tearooms, and bustling city scenes: These are the images from Baltimore’s department-store era from the 1840s to 2006.

Shoppers flocked to Hutzler’s; Hochschild, Kohn; Hecht’s; The May Company; and Stewart’s to browse petticoats, have a luncheon or view elaborate window displays.

Check out these 65 retro photos and see what Baltimore’s beloved retail palaces looked like in their heyday.


Hochschild, Kohn Company (Robert Mottar, Baltimore Sun file photo, 1947)

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