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Blakeslee Lane, Incorporated Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: R0013-BLI
Still images of Baltimore City buildings, monuments, street scenes and panoramas.

Dates

  • 1930 - 1966

Creator

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet : Photographic prints and negatives (including five glass plates)

Historical

Blakeslee-Lane, Inc. was founded during the Great Depression by two newspaper photographers, George Walton Blakeslee, Sr. and Horace P. Lane. Blakeslee and Lane opened a studio at 106 East Pleasant Street in 1931, selling photographs at a flat rate to their former employer, the Baltimore News.



In addition to illustrating news stories, the 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. 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.



In addition to its traditional work, the studio created large-scale mural versions of regional photography to decorate restaurants, banks and other businesses.

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore in 1980.

Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives Repository

Contact:
H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA
410-837-4253