Iconic at Midcentury: Baltimore's Blakeslee-Lane Photographs

This exhibition of photographic prints and negatives contains images of Baltimore buildings, monuments, and street scenes taken by Blakeslee-Lane, Inc. circa 1930-1961.

Blakeslee-Lane Incorporated was founded by two former Baltimore News photographers, George Walton Blakeslee, Sr. and Horace P. Lane, who opened a studio at 106 East Pleasant Street in 1931. In addition to illustrating news stories, their studio supplied photographs for advertising copy and soon gained the trade of the city’s major department stores: Hecht’s, Hutzler's, Stewart's and Hochschild-Kohn's. As a result of their success, they moved to 343 St. Paul Street and took on a third partner, Theodore C. Andersen. After World War II, the studio became a midtown fixture at 916 North Charles Street.

The complete Blakeslee-Lane, Incorporated Photographs collection at the University of Baltimore consists of 1.5 linear feet of photographic prints and negatives, which are described in the collection database. From the complete collection, 40 images have been selected for this exhibit.

For more information about the digital items in this online exhibit, click here to visit the main digital collection page.

Credits: Exhibit curated by Aiden Faust in June 2012 and added to this site by Laura Bell in September 2019.

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