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You are cordially invited to Baltimore, MD May 13 2:30PM; [Apr. 17th, 2006|03:36 pm]
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For an outdoor picnic with Mssr. Edgar Allen Poe at his current place of residence at the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetary, 509 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, MD at 2:30PM. This is being set up by the creators of the event Saloncon(information can be found at www.saloncon.com)

We will be offering space and, depending on the level of response that we get, I might have a bit of wine and cheese(I will be calling a winery in the Hudson Valley in New York to see if they have a spare bottle of the ice wine that is so good), however, it would be unwise to depend on this.

We will be bringing our accounting books so if one would want to pre-register we will have that availability for you(and, as the vox populi, I will be giving a suggestion to give attendees a small discount if they give us money at the event). This aspect I will be consulting with our financial manager to get more information.

What I can promise is myself, quite a large number of flyers, and I will answer any questions about SalonCon you may have. I will also be bringing a book of Poe for a reading and encourage others to bring their favourite authors as well. If we are not reading or answering questions about Saloncon, we will be discussing Poe and whatever else comes to mind.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP as a comment here with your e-mail address.

(no subject) [Feb. 3rd, 2006|10:15 am]
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Baltimore, Saturday Feb 11, 2006 12-8pm.

American Dime Museum
From the website:

In order to participate in Station North's Open House Day, the American Dime Museum will OPEN FOR ONE DAY ONLY on Saturday, February 11th, 2006 from noon to 8pm. Call 410-230-0263 for more info. Admission will be FREE to all. Donations would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.


On December 31st, The American Dime Museum closed indefinitely. While the Museum has remained "Baltimore's Best Non-Art Museum" (City Paper 2000-2005), entertaining and educating thousands of enthusiastic visitors, our inability to find any funding for the most necessary operating expenses is forcing our closure. Since we became a 501C3 non-profit corporation we have unsuccessfully exhausted all of our efforts to solicit any operating funding, and with the ever-escalating costs of rent, insurance, utilities, and so much else we can no longer continue, even as an all volunteer organization. I personally want to thank so many organizations and individuals for their praise, support, attendance, and volunteer efforts that I can not possibly list them all here, and I will write each expressing my appreciation for all they have done to make the Dime Museum the most talked about museum in Baltimore. In closing I must add that it is difficult to say good-bye to a City and an audience that has made this one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Dick Horne
American Dime Museum

Note: The Dime Museum collection will remain intact and is not for sale.
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(no subject) [Oct. 13th, 2005|10:31 pm]
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Victorian Inspired Art and Show Info [Aug. 10th, 2005|11:33 pm]
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This is a recent piece of mine that I thought
some of you might enjoy:

(Click for a Larger Pic)

If You'd like more info on this piece please
visit my journal.

I also thought some of you in the PA area might
enjoy an assemblage of artists participating in the Halloween Opera in Jim
Thorpe. Here is a link:
. I'd love to meet some of you!



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Hand-Coloured Images of Japanese Life and Culture During the Late Meiji Era [19th Century] [Jun. 30th, 2005|10:06 pm]
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(no subject) [Jun. 29th, 2005|05:55 pm]
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Least Wanted, my new favorite photostream, is somewhat of an enigma - perhaps this "Least Wanted" works in some sort of records department or archives, but there are a number of wonderful and fascinating old mugshots organized on this FLICKR site. As an added bonus, you can even read the case studies on most of them. The photo I have used to introduce this post is from a set entitled "white women 1940s (multiples)." Have fun browsing!
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Paradise and Vacant Lots [Jun. 27th, 2005|11:52 pm]
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A few years ago I found myself just outside of Asbury Park, New Jersey (in Ocean Grove to be exact). The area, in general, had the disheartening vibe of a seaside town that someone had started to tear down, but had become bored with it and left it in ruin. There was something perversely alluring about it, like Miss Haversham in Great Expectations who sits among the decaying bits and pieces of her never-to-take-place wedding, living in the past in a rotting wedding dress as she herself withers away. The Jersey seashore is full of grandiose buildings decaying in the salt-tinged air.

The once great Metropolitan Hotel is now nothing but a crumbling shell. Or, you have the Casino that now stands pitiably dilapidated. Once a wonderland of amusement, the Palace now looms on the boardwalk like something out of a crack dream. The Boardwalk, in general, is one abandoned dive after another. The age of the grand dame department store has obviously come and gone. Amid the historic ruins, the frame of a condo from the early-1990s that was never completed stands on the beach.

Sad and pitiful, really. The preservationist in me sees such potential yet the realist in me knows that the majority of these sites will end up like Plaza Hotel where only ghosts of what once was remain. As one urban explorer states: “One by one these buildings are being torn down to make way for new construction that never happens. While the decay of these buildings was sad, the vacant lots that increasingly replace the hotels and amusements that used to welcome visitors are even sadder.” The drug dealers, prostitutes and corpses on the beach add yet another heartbreaking element to the already gloomy scene.

[x-posted on my own journal]
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Storyville: Inside New Orleans Whore Houses (Some Images NSFW) [Jun. 26th, 2005|03:02 pm]
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Via: Storyville: Inside New Orleans Whore Houses
[for the linguistically-minded, also see - 69 Ways to say "You Whore"]
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