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Men's Clothing Factory & Store

These are months old but I thought it might be good to post them to this community...





Anyone seen HBO's The Wire? This alley and building were used frequently in season 4. The alley is in the first 5 minutes of the 4th season...


Characters from The Wire...







How on earth is there still a full 40oz?


There is little information I can find about this place. Judging from records and papers left behind it operated from at least the early 1970s until around 1985. It probably was around before the '70s but nothing from that era has a date on it. It was a men's clothing factory with a store in it as well. They had their own line of clothes but also sold other brands as well. I've never met any older people from Baltimore that even remember hearing the name of this place. So that is about all I know. There are tons of records out sitting in boxes. I wonder if they had issues with the IRS or something? Who knows...

The entire first floor is all homeless squats. It has little offices and cubicle like areas and many are filled with old 40oz bottles and blankets. I never encountered any homeless people while in here but on our 2nd trip out of the 6 of us 3 other people ran into one guy. He was friendly though.




The very bottom basement area is empty and looks like the tiles above it all fell down onto the floor...



Maybe the basement was used for storage since it looks like a parking garage so I doubt people worked in here...


We couldn't find out how to get to the top floors at first. Someone had warned me just skip the bottom as there was nothing of interest there. He said go up this one set of stairs. It wasn't until we realize the stairs were metal ones hidden in the dark behind the set we had gone up. So once we figured this out we were on our way...


The 2nd floor is very open and looks to have been looted more...



Unused fabric...


The 2nd floor contains the offices. This is one of the best find here. It contains early 80s computer equipment long forgotten about by time...


Little files full of punch cards that the computer read somehow...



This is probably less computing power than a modern cell phone...


These were 8'' floppys, not the 5.5'' ones...


Here is what I like to call the guest book. Every abandoned place has one, where people leave their name...

Kepoh, TopHat, The Neighborhood Watch, and Fat Louie.

All the books are still here, here is the 1984 payroll information...



Here is a check signed by Lebow himself...


Buttons...


Wine...


Box of fabric swatches...


Envelope...


Here is how to use those outdated computers...


Hideous wallpaper...


Here is the showroom...

This would have had suits hanging up all over it. There is a tiny room off to the right which had evidence of a homeless guy living there. This is where we think the guy they saw lives. It had broken out windows though which would not be very good if it was raining.

Lebow suit...


Another guest book...

Catherine, The Neighborhood Watch, Patty Boh, Chris, Abandoned Pa.

Showing all the different buttons...




Brand new printer in the box...


Swatches...


1985 is the last year I see in here...


Bird shit encrusted boot...


Singer...



There is a Bond St. in Baltimore, I wonder if there was a sewing machine company...








Box full of gold buttons...


Tons of trench coats still in their plastic...




Old belt driven sewing machine...



3rd floor...


Boxes of files...


Some kind of huge machine. I have a feeling it was maybe something to create steam since it looks like a boiler...


Old...


Old calender...


On the roof. You can see this graffiti tag when you are leaving downtown Baltimore on 83 North...


This is how you get in and out. Better skip that cheeseburger before going in...


Just to give you an idea of the kind of area this is in here are pics I took from the roof...

That entire strip of rowhomes is abandoned...



Boarded up homes and possibly abandoned store...


83 aka Jones Falls Expressway heading in and out of downtown...


Guilford Ave. bridge...







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