I stumbled on these wonderful photos of 1920s Baltimore women on Ebay. Were they lesbians? Was one a drag queen? Were they dressing up for Halloween or a party? Were they expressing their lifestyle? So many unanswered questions that piqued my curiosity. On one photo “1924 – Waldron St.” is written. The answer is lost to history.Baltimoreorless.com
‘George Feehley Has Surfed His Way Into The History Of Ocean City And Will Always Be Remembered’
The sun set on the “endless summer” for a local legend last weekend with the passage of a former Ocean City elected official, lifeguard and surfing icon.
By Shawn J. Soper (The Dispatch, 2/27/2014)
“For many years, while George served on the City Council, the beach patrol had a special friend in high places and his influence allowed our team members to compete in major competitive events with the financial support of the town,” he said. “George Feehley has surfed his way into the history of Ocean City and will always be remembered.”
While Feehley was already guarding the north end beach in the late 1940s, it wasn’t until the early 1960s when he took up the latest craze to hit the resort. Ocean City surfing legend Skill Johnson and his brothers Al and Carl are largely credited with introducing surfing to the resort in the 1960s. Johnson, who now resides in Hawaii, said this week Feehley quickly picked up the sport and became a surfing legend in his own right.
“In 1964, the first surf shop in town was at 18th Street, but we always went up to 43rd Street, which was at the end of town limits, to surf and George had a house up there and used to guard the beach,” he said. “He saw us surfing out there and took it up and became a natural from the start. He was an athlete beyond belief.”
Johnson said he and the others in the nascent resort surfing community always marveled at Feehley’s athletic prowess.
“George was a strong man,” he said. “He used to lift weights and he had these 100-pound dumbbells he used to throw up with ease. He was one of the fittest guys I ever met. I first met George at the local premiere of ‘Endless Summer’ at Stephen Decatur High School in 1964. I got a ticket and went in, then I went back out and gave the stub to George.”
Johnson said the Ocean City community won’t soon forget Feehley’s contributions to the resort.
“He’s an Ocean City legend,” he said. “He was one of the coolest guys in Ocean City. He was a true classic and won’t be forgotten.”
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Annapolis police chief apologizes for citing hoax story in testimony against marijuana legalization
By Alex Jackson (Capitalgazette.com, 2/26/2014)
Testifying against bills proposed to legalize and decriminalize marijuana in the state, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop cited a hoax story that claimed 37 people had died the first day marijuana was legalized in Colorado.
“The first day of legalization, that’s when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana,” Pristoop testified at Tuesday’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing. “I remember the first day it was decriminalized there were 37 deaths.”
But Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, who has proposed a bill that would legalize, regulate and tax the drug, immediately fact-checked Pristoop.
“Unless you have some other source for this, I’m afraid I’ve got to spoil the party here,” Raskin said. “Your assertion that 37 people died of a marijuana overdose in Colorado was a hoax on the DailyCurrant and the Comedy Central website.”
Indeed, Pristoop was apparently referring to a story by the satirical website DailyCurrant.com, which reportedly fooled some people with the headline ‘‘Marijuana overdoses kill 37 in Colorado on first day of legalization.”
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Pristoop says he obtained inaccurate data regarding deaths related to Colorado marijuana legislation.
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By Jacques Kelly (The Baltimore Sun, 6/13/1995)
Henry James was one of the most respected writers of his day, but there was no fanfare when he stepped off a train at Baltimore’s old Union Station 90 years ago.
In the Baltimore of 1905, horse-drawn taxis waited at the railway depot’s Charles Street side. The 62-year-old American novelist’s next destination was the recently completed Belvedere Hotel at Charles and Chase streets.
“I arrived late in the day, and the day had been lovely; I alighted at a large fresh peaceful hostelry, imposingly modern yet quietly affable, and, having recognized the deep, soft general note, even from my windows, as that of a kind of mollified vivacity, I sought the streets with as many tacit questions as I judged they would tolerate, or as the waning day would allow me to put,” James wrote in the chapter devoted to Baltimore in his 1907 journal of his East Coast impressions, “The American Scene.”
“It took but that hour, as I strolled in the early eventide, to give me the sense of the predicament I have glanced at; that of finding myself committed to the view of Baltimore as quite insidiously ‘sympathetic,’ quite inordinately amiable, which amounted, in other words, to the momentous proposition that she was interesting… .”
“So I walked around that dear little city looking for the peculiar parts — all with the singular effect of rather failing to find them and with my impression of felicity at the same time persistently growing,” he wrote.
Literary scholars tell us that James (1843-1916) visited Baltimore beginning June 10, 1905. He stayed perhaps a few days and was then off to another destination. The author of “The Ambassadors” and “The Golden Bowl” seemed to have enjoyed his visit here.
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[Baltimore Or Less loves beautiful, talented people - they’re so unlike us, yet allow us to live vicariously through their exploits. Jenny Campbell is one of those peeps we love - and now the Baltimore Sun loves her as well. The Campbell Clan kilt is bursting with talent: Jenny’s brother Chris makes Tri-Brewing’s Swampus red ale and her sister-in-law Dawn Campbell makes award-winning films.]
How Jenny Campbell became a New Orleans costumer
By Julie Scharper (Baltimore Sun, February 19, 2014)
What is nearly as remarkable as Jenny Campbell’s costumes — the glittering swirls of ribbon and whirling snow globe headdresses — is the path that led to her second career as a costume maker.
The Baltimore native taught herself to make costumes a few years ago, creating extravagant outfits for parades, bar crawls and parties at the American Visionary Art Museum.
Now Campbell spends her days buried in silk and sequins at the Southern Costume Co. in New Orleans, designing, selecting feathers and fabrics, and sewing elaborate, gravity-defying outfits.
“I’m never, ever tired of it,” she said. “There’s so much to do down here.”
After work, Campbell, 49, turns her attention to creating her own costumes. She has founded her own krewe, or group of costumed Mardi Gras marchers, who will be participating in their first parade this week.
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What scared the author of ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’? Bad design.
By Jimmy Stamp (Smithsonian.com, 2/19/2014)
In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “Landor’s Cottage,” the author paints an idealized picture of his own New York Cottage. He describes the building in painstaking–some might even say excruciating–detail, but Poe also devotes a short paragraph to cottage’s furnishings:
“On the floor was an ingrain carpet, of excellent texture – a white ground, spotted with small circular green figures. At the windows were curtains of snowy white jaconet muslin: they were tolerably full, and hung decisively, perhaps rather formally, in sharp, parallel plaits to the floor – just to the floor. The walls were papered with a French paper of great delicacy – a silver ground, with a faint green cord running zig-zag throughout. Its expanse was relieved merely by three of Julien’s exquisite lithographs….One of these drawings was a scene of Oriental luxury, or rather voluptuousness; another was a ‘carnival piece,’ spirited beyond compare; the third was a Greek female head – a face so divinely beautiful, and yet of an expression so provokingly indeterminate, never before arrested my attention.”
This description doesn’t exactly match with the spartan furnishings that currently fill Poe’s cottage, nor is it likely that it corresponds with its decoration during Poe’s residency. However, it does line up exactly with Poe’s personal tastes and his very strong opinions on interior design, which he described in his authoritative, humorous, and confidently written piece of design criticism “The Philosophy of Furniture,” originally published in the May 1840 issue of Burton’s Gentlemen’s Magazine.
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By Julie Scharper (The Baltimore Sun, 2/19/2014)
This is not your dad’s stuffed deer head.
After decades of being relegated to man caves and hunting lodges, taxidermy is hip.
Three television shows delve into the art of preserving animals, and its practitioners, who are, as you might imagine, a quirky lot. There are national taxidermy competitions and conferences and even a Brooklyn museum devoted to the art.
At Bazaar, a Hampden curiosity shop that opened last year, taxidermied ducklings that died soon after pecking through their shells, jars with preserved fox and coyote heads and even a rare albino raccoon are on display. The shop can’t keep up with the demand for the taxidermy workshops it started hosting last month.
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Bazaar co-owner Greg Hatem shows examples of different styles of taxidermy in his store. (Stephen Pimpo/BaltSun Video)
Baltimore’s Great Fire Created As Well As Destroyed
Tour on Great Fire’s anniversary draws crowd
By Jay Hancock (The Baltimore Sun, 2/6/2011)
One hundred seven years after Harry met Martha at the edge of hell, two people who resulted from their encounter wanted to see the spot and imagine the flames — both thermal and romantic.
On Sunday Mary Maguire and her daughter, Colleen Phebus, walked and bused across 70 downtown blocks that were annihilated in the Great Baltimore Fire in 1904.
Maguire’s grandparents met during the conflagration, she said. There’s a terrific family story about how Harry Gessner saved Martha Skelton from distress — it was her hat that was the problem.
“And then a year later she married him,” said Maguire, who joined a fire anniversary tour along with about 40 others on a brilliant, warmish-for-February day.
Tour leader and Baltimore historian Wayne Schaumburg probably hadn’t heard that particular fire story. But he recounted dozens of others as he again re-created the two winter days that wiped out Baltimore’s central business district.
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Baltimore Sun Photo Gallery: 1904 Baltimore City Fire
‘Great fire’ of 1904 took several lives
Guardsmen, firefighters and other residents ended up dying from exposure in the chilly aftermath of the destructive blaze
By Jacques Kelly (The Baltimore Sun, 2/4/2011)
On a couple of long walks this week, I encountered some classic Baltimore Fire weather. This is a condition with rapid changes of wind and falling mercury. Heavy winds fanned the fire of Feb. 7 and 8, 1904, then a cold snap descended and added to the human misery.
Those volatile February winds overwhelmed the city’s ability to deal with the fire. The blaze jumped from downtown building to building, fanned by those changeable gusts. It was only through the assistance of many other fire companies, including those in New York, Washington and Philadelphia, that the flames were held in check at the Jones Falls.
I stood at the corner of Park and Lexington a few days ago and looked at the vacant land where the old Castleberg’s store stood. At the time of the fire, it was called J.W. Putts “Glass Palace” store, a fancy-wares emporium that offered china and other household items. The store exploded and shot glass everywhere.
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Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 Interactive Exhibit
Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Project
Follow the “footprints” of the Fire online. This interactive exhibit shows how the fire spread and includes photographs, film footage and paintings. Digital content contributed by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Fire Museum of Maryland, Maryland Historical Society, Library of Congress and the Baltimore County Public Library.Visit us at Baltimoreorless.com
This is a scene after the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, with National Guard troops patrolling streets as the businessmen surveyed the ruins. On the left, at the southwest corner of Baltimore and Light streets, was the site of the Hub, an early uptown store of the Hecht Company, adjacent to the Baltimore Trust Company, which is marked by the ruined clock stand. The firm eventually moved to the northeast corner of Baltimore and Charles streets one block away. (Baltimore Sun file photo.)