Views of Sparrows Point: Early 20th Century

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A black & white photo shows a large group of shipyard workers, most of whom are white men, posing in front of a building with scaffolding. Sparrows Point shipyard workers in the mid-1920s. Courtesy of the Historical Society of Baltimore County.

The first post in our “Views of Sparrows Point” series highlighted an 1892 Maryland Steel Company photo album showing the earliest days of steelmaking at Sparrows Point. Today, we turn our attention to the Bethlehem Steel Company collection from Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Historical Society of Baltimore County. These photographs, ranging from approximately 1900 to 1940, show Bethlehem Steel’s steelmaking and shipbuilding operations at Sparrows Point in addition to the shipyard on Key Highway–close to where the museum is located today. The images we’ve selected date from the first 40 years of the 20th century.

This collection is publicly accessible via Digital Maryland, a collaborative, statewide digital preservation program of the Enoch Pratt Free Library/Maryland State Library Resource Center. Users can search and explore historical and cultural documents, images, audio, and videos that record Maryland’s history. The images shared below are provided courtesy of the Historical Society of Baltimore County and the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland’s State Library Resource Center. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Unauthorized reproduction or use prohibited.

Employee housing, 1900

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Residents of E Street sit outside employee housing on the Fourth of July 1900. Courtesy of the Historical Society of Baltimore County.

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