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Baltimore: Poe, painted screens, vintage treasures

  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows a street in Fells Point, a historic neighborhood of Baltimore. The neighborhood dates to the 18th century and some of its tiny brick homes are on the National Register of Historic Places. The tidy, quiet, narrow streetscapes are just a few blocks away from the busy waterfront, crowded with tourists, pubs and souvenir shops. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 7, 2014 photo shows a street in Fells Point, a historic neighborhood of Baltimore. The neighborhood dates to the 18th century and some of its tiny brick homes are on the National Register of Historic Places. The tidy, quiet, narrow streetscapes are just a few blocks away from the busy waterfront, crowded with tourists, pubs and souvenir shops. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This undated photo provided by Visit Baltimore shows the giant pink flamingo outside Cafe Hon, an eatery along West 36th Street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The neighborhood is known as a place where hipsters and kitsch Baltimore culture converge, and West 36th Street is lined with restaurants, vintage shops and antiques stores. (AP Photo/Visit Baltimore)

    This undated photo provided by Visit Baltimore shows the giant pink flamingo outside Cafe Hon, an eatery along West 36th Street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The neighborhood is known as a place where hipsters and kitsch Baltimore culture converge, and West 36th Street is lined with restaurants, vintage shops and antiques stores. (AP Photo/Visit Baltimore)

  • This undated photo provided by Visit Baltimore shows the giant pink flamingo outside Cafe Hon, an eatery along West 36th Street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The neighborhood is known as a place where hipsters and kitsch Baltimore culture converge, and West 36th Street is lined with restaurants, vintage shops and antiques stores. (AP Photo/Visit Baltimore)

    This undated photo provided by Visit Baltimore shows the giant pink flamingo outside Cafe Hon, an eatery along West 36th Street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The neighborhood is known as a place where hipsters and kitsch Baltimore culture converge, and West 36th Street is lined with restaurants, vintage shops and antiques stores. (AP Photo/Visit Baltimore)

  • FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows the tomb of 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe in the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore. Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. His birthday was famously marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac in the cemetery.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

    FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows the tomb of 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe in the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore. Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. His birthday was famously marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

  • FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows the tomb of 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe in the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore. Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. His birthday was famously marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac in the cemetery.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

    FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows the tomb of 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe in the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore. Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. His birthday was famously marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows the Bromo Seltzer Tower, a distinctive structure in Baltimore. The tower was erected in 1911 with a castle-like turret and a clock face bearing the letters B-R-O-M-O S-E-L-T-Z-E-R instead of numbers. It was modeled after a palace in Italy and it’s one of a number of places around Baltimore that are of interest to history and architecture buffs. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 8, 2014 photo shows the Bromo Seltzer Tower, a distinctive structure in Baltimore. The tower was erected in 1911 with a castle-like turret and a clock face bearing the letters B-R-O-M-O S-E-L-T-Z-E-R instead of numbers. It was modeled after a palace in Italy and it’s one of a number of places around Baltimore that are of interest to history and architecture buffs. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows the Bromo Seltzer Tower, a distinctive structure in Baltimore. The tower was erected in 1911 with a castle-like turret and a clock face bearing the letters B-R-O-M-O S-E-L-T-Z-E-R instead of numbers. It was modeled after a palace in Italy and it’s one of a number of places around Baltimore that are of interest to history and architecture buffs. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 8, 2014 photo shows the Bromo Seltzer Tower, a distinctive structure in Baltimore. The tower was erected in 1911 with a castle-like turret and a clock face bearing the letters B-R-O-M-O S-E-L-T-Z-E-R instead of numbers. It was modeled after a palace in Italy and it’s one of a number of places around Baltimore that are of interest to history and architecture buffs. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows a street in Fells Point, a historic neighborhood of Baltimore. The neighborhood dates to the 18th century and some of its tiny brick homes are on the National Register of Historic Places. The tidy, quiet, narrow streetscapes are just a few blocks away from the busy waterfront, crowded with tourists, pubs and souvenir shops. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 7, 2014 photo shows a street in Fells Point, a historic neighborhood of Baltimore. The neighborhood dates to the 18th century and some of its tiny brick homes are on the National Register of Historic Places. The tidy, quiet, narrow streetscapes are just a few blocks away from the busy waterfront, crowded with tourists, pubs and souvenir shops. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows a display at Bryan’s Finds & Designs in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Hampden’s main drag, West 36th Street, is home to many antique stores, boutiques and vintage shops. Bryan’s offers a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories, some of them modeled by striking mannequins. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 7, 2014 photo shows a display at Bryan’s Finds & Designs in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Hampden’s main drag, West 36th Street, is home to many antique stores, boutiques and vintage shops. Bryan’s offers a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories, some of them modeled by striking mannequins. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows Amanda Smit-Peters showing an example of painted window screens in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Smit-Peters, Main Street manager for the neighborhood, is working with local artists to bring back the urban folk art of painted screens. They were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by on the street from seeing inside Baltimore’s row house windows. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 8, 2014 photo shows Amanda Smit-Peters showing an example of painted window screens in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Smit-Peters, Main Street manager for the neighborhood, is working with local artists to bring back the urban folk art of painted screens. They were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by on the street from seeing inside Baltimore’s row house windows. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows Amanda Smit-Peters showing an example of painted window screens in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Smit-Peters, Main Street manager for the neighborhood, is working with local artists to bring back the urban folk art of painted screens. They were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by on the street from seeing inside Baltimore’s row house windows. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 8, 2014 photo shows Amanda Smit-Peters showing an example of painted window screens in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Smit-Peters, Main Street manager for the neighborhood, is working with local artists to bring back the urban folk art of painted screens. They were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by on the street from seeing inside Baltimore’s row house windows. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 8, 2014 shows artist Monica Broere gesturing to a painted window screen in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Painted screens were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by from looking inside the front windows of Baltimore’s row houses. Broere and other artists are working to revitalize the urban folk tradition. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 8, 2014 shows artist Monica Broere gesturing to a painted window screen in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Painted screens were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by from looking inside the front windows of Baltimore’s row houses. Broere and other artists are working to revitalize the urban folk tradition. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 8, 2014 shows artist Monica Broere gesturing to a painted window screen in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Painted screens were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by from looking inside the front windows of Baltimore’s row houses. Broere and other artists are working to revitalize the urban folk tradition. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 8, 2014 shows artist Monica Broere gesturing to a painted window screen in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Painted screens were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by from looking inside the front windows of Baltimore’s row houses. Broere and other artists are working to revitalize the urban folk tradition. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows the original grave of  Edgar Allan Poe adorned with a bottle of cognac and roses left by a mysterious visitor, in Baltimore. Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. His birthday was famously marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac in the cemetery.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

    FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows the original grave of Edgar Allan Poe adorned with a bottle of cognac and roses left by a mysterious visitor, in Baltimore. Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. His birthday was famously marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

  • FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows the original grave of  Edgar Allan Poe adorned with a bottle of cognac and roses left by a mysterious visitor, in Baltimore. Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. His birthday was famously marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac in the cemetery.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

    FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows the original grave of Edgar Allan Poe adorned with a bottle of cognac and roses left by a mysterious visitor, in Baltimore. Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. His birthday was famously marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

  • FILE - This Dec. 4, 2008 file photo shows the exterior of the Poe house and Museum, a historic landmark in Baltimore. The 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe lived in the house with his aunt and cousin; his cousin was also his wife. He died in Baltimore and is buried in a graveyard there. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

    FILE - This Dec. 4, 2008 file photo shows the exterior of the Poe house and Museum, a historic landmark in Baltimore. The 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe lived in the house with his aunt and cousin; his cousin was also his wife. He died in Baltimore and is buried in a graveyard there. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

  • FILE - This Dec. 4, 2008 file photo shows the exterior of the Poe house and Museum, a historic landmark in Baltimore. The 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe lived in the house with his aunt and cousin; his cousin was also his wife. He died in Baltimore and is buried in a graveyard there. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

    FILE - This Dec. 4, 2008 file photo shows the exterior of the Poe house and Museum, a historic landmark in Baltimore. The 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe lived in the house with his aunt and cousin; his cousin was also his wife. He died in Baltimore and is buried in a graveyard there. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows shoppers along a street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The area is known for boutiques, eateries, antique shops and vintage stores, and for its celebration of kitsch Baltimore culture, including the beehive hairdo. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 7, 2014 photo shows shoppers along a street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The area is known for boutiques, eateries, antique shops and vintage stores, and for its celebration of kitsch Baltimore culture, including the beehive hairdo. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows shoppers along a street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The area is known for boutiques, eateries, antique shops and vintage stores, and for its celebration of kitsch Baltimore culture, including the beehive hairdo. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 7, 2014 photo shows shoppers along a street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The area is known for boutiques, eateries, antique shops and vintage stores, and for its celebration of kitsch Baltimore culture, including the beehive hairdo. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows a display at Bryan’s Finds & Designs in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Hampden’s main drag, West 36th Street, is home to many antique stores, boutiques and vintage shops. Bryan’s offers a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories, some of them modeled by striking mannequins. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 7, 2014 photo shows a display at Bryan’s Finds & Designs in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Hampden’s main drag, West 36th Street, is home to many antique stores, boutiques and vintage shops. Bryan’s offers a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories, some of them modeled by striking mannequins. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows a display at Bryan’s Finds & Designs in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Hampden’s main drag, West 36th Street, is home to many antique stores, boutiques and vintage shops. Bryan’s offers a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories, some of them modeled by striking mannequins. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 7, 2014 photo shows a display at Bryan’s Finds & Designs in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Hampden’s main drag, West 36th Street, is home to many antique stores, boutiques and vintage shops. Bryan’s offers a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories, some of them modeled by striking mannequins. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows a display at Bryan’s Finds & Designs in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Hampden’s main drag, West 36th Street, is home to many antique stores, boutiques and vintage shops. Bryan’s offers a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories, some of them modeled by striking mannequins. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 7, 2014 photo shows a display at Bryan’s Finds & Designs in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Hampden’s main drag, West 36th Street, is home to many antique stores, boutiques and vintage shops. Bryan’s offers a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories, some of them modeled by striking mannequins. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows a telescope that belonged to the 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe in the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. Poe lived in the house with his aunt and with his cousin, who was also his wife; he also died in Baltimore. The Poe House is one of a number of historic sites around the city. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 8, 2014 photo shows a telescope that belonged to the 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe in the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. Poe lived in the house with his aunt and with his cousin, who was also his wife; he also died in Baltimore. The Poe House is one of a number of historic sites around the city. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows a telescope that belonged to the 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe in the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. Poe lived in the house with his aunt and with his cousin, who was also his wife; he also died in Baltimore. The Poe House is one of a number of historic sites around the city. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 8, 2014 photo shows a telescope that belonged to the 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe in the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. Poe lived in the house with his aunt and with his cousin, who was also his wife; he also died in Baltimore. The Poe House is one of a number of historic sites around the city. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows a fireplace in the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore with a photo of the 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe. Poe lived in the house with his aunt and with his cousin, who was also his wife; he also died in Baltimore. The Poe House is one of a number of historic sites around the city. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 8, 2014 photo shows a fireplace in the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore with a photo of the 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe. Poe lived in the house with his aunt and with his cousin, who was also his wife; he also died in Baltimore. The Poe House is one of a number of historic sites around the city. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows a fireplace in the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore with a photo of the 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe. Poe lived in the house with his aunt and with his cousin, who was also his wife; he also died in Baltimore. The Poe House is one of a number of historic sites around the city. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    This June 8, 2014 photo shows a fireplace in the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore with a photo of the 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe. Poe lived in the house with his aunt and with his cousin, who was also his wife; he also died in Baltimore. The Poe House is one of a number of historic sites around the city. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows a street in Fells Point, a historic neighborhood of Baltimore. The neighborhood dates to the 18th century and some of its tiny brick homes are on the National Register of Historic Places. The tidy, quiet, narrow streetscapes are just a few blocks away from the busy waterfront, crowded with tourists, pubs and souvenir shops. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This undated photo provided by Visit Baltimore shows the giant pink flamingo outside Cafe Hon, an eatery along West 36th Street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The neighborhood is known as a place where hipsters and kitsch Baltimore culture converge, and West 36th Street is lined with restaurants, vintage shops and antiques stores. (AP Photo/Visit Baltimore)
  • This undated photo provided by Visit Baltimore shows the giant pink flamingo outside Cafe Hon, an eatery along West 36th Street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The neighborhood is known as a place where hipsters and kitsch Baltimore culture converge, and West 36th Street is lined with restaurants, vintage shops and antiques stores. (AP Photo/Visit Baltimore)
  • FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows the tomb of 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe in the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore. Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. His birthday was famously marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac in the cemetery.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
  • FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows the tomb of 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe in the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore. Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. His birthday was famously marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac in the cemetery.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows the Bromo Seltzer Tower, a distinctive structure in Baltimore. The tower was erected in 1911 with a castle-like turret and a clock face bearing the letters B-R-O-M-O S-E-L-T-Z-E-R instead of numbers. It was modeled after a palace in Italy and it’s one of a number of places around Baltimore that are of interest to history and architecture buffs. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows the Bromo Seltzer Tower, a distinctive structure in Baltimore. The tower was erected in 1911 with a castle-like turret and a clock face bearing the letters B-R-O-M-O S-E-L-T-Z-E-R instead of numbers. It was modeled after a palace in Italy and it’s one of a number of places around Baltimore that are of interest to history and architecture buffs. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows a street in Fells Point, a historic neighborhood of Baltimore. The neighborhood dates to the 18th century and some of its tiny brick homes are on the National Register of Historic Places. The tidy, quiet, narrow streetscapes are just a few blocks away from the busy waterfront, crowded with tourists, pubs and souvenir shops. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows a display at Bryan’s Finds & Designs in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Hampden’s main drag, West 36th Street, is home to many antique stores, boutiques and vintage shops. Bryan’s offers a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories, some of them modeled by striking mannequins. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows Amanda Smit-Peters showing an example of painted window screens in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Smit-Peters, Main Street manager for the neighborhood, is working with local artists to bring back the urban folk art of painted screens. They were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by on the street from seeing inside Baltimore’s row house windows. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows Amanda Smit-Peters showing an example of painted window screens in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Smit-Peters, Main Street manager for the neighborhood, is working with local artists to bring back the urban folk art of painted screens. They were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by on the street from seeing inside Baltimore’s row house windows. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 8, 2014 shows artist Monica Broere gesturing to a painted window screen in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Painted screens were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by from looking inside the front windows of Baltimore’s row houses. Broere and other artists are working to revitalize the urban folk tradition. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 8, 2014 shows artist Monica Broere gesturing to a painted window screen in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Painted screens were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by from looking inside the front windows of Baltimore’s row houses. Broere and other artists are working to revitalize the urban folk tradition. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows the original grave of  Edgar Allan Poe adorned with a bottle of cognac and roses left by a mysterious visitor, in Baltimore. Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. His birthday was famously marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac in the cemetery.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
  • FILE - This Jan. 19, 2008 file photo shows the original grave of  Edgar Allan Poe adorned with a bottle of cognac and roses left by a mysterious visitor, in Baltimore. Poe died in Baltimore at age 40. His birthday was famously marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac in the cemetery.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
  • FILE - This Dec. 4, 2008 file photo shows the exterior of the Poe house and Museum, a historic landmark in Baltimore. The 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe lived in the house with his aunt and cousin; his cousin was also his wife. He died in Baltimore and is buried in a graveyard there. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
  • FILE - This Dec. 4, 2008 file photo shows the exterior of the Poe house and Museum, a historic landmark in Baltimore. The 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe lived in the house with his aunt and cousin; his cousin was also his wife. He died in Baltimore and is buried in a graveyard there. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows shoppers along a street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The area is known for boutiques, eateries, antique shops and vintage stores, and for its celebration of kitsch Baltimore culture, including the beehive hairdo. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows shoppers along a street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. The area is known for boutiques, eateries, antique shops and vintage stores, and for its celebration of kitsch Baltimore culture, including the beehive hairdo. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows a display at Bryan’s Finds & Designs in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Hampden’s main drag, West 36th Street, is home to many antique stores, boutiques and vintage shops. Bryan’s offers a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories, some of them modeled by striking mannequins. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows a display at Bryan’s Finds & Designs in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Hampden’s main drag, West 36th Street, is home to many antique stores, boutiques and vintage shops. Bryan’s offers a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories, some of them modeled by striking mannequins. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 7, 2014 photo shows a display at Bryan’s Finds & Designs in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Hampden’s main drag, West 36th Street, is home to many antique stores, boutiques and vintage shops. Bryan’s offers a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories, some of them modeled by striking mannequins. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows a telescope that belonged to the 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe in the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. Poe lived in the house with his aunt and with his cousin, who was also his wife; he also died in Baltimore. The Poe House is one of a number of historic sites around the city. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows a telescope that belonged to the 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe in the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. Poe lived in the house with his aunt and with his cousin, who was also his wife; he also died in Baltimore. The Poe House is one of a number of historic sites around the city. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows a fireplace in the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore with a photo of the 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe. Poe lived in the house with his aunt and with his cousin, who was also his wife; he also died in Baltimore. The Poe House is one of a number of historic sites around the city. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
  • This June 8, 2014 photo shows a fireplace in the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore with a photo of the 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe. Poe lived in the house with his aunt and with his cousin, who was also his wife; he also died in Baltimore. The Poe House is one of a number of historic sites around the city. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

It’s not the TV shows Homicide and The Wire that come to mind when I think of Baltimore, though both offered an intense look at an American city’s poverty, drugs and gangs. Baltimore’s glitzy Inner Harbor didn’t draw me there either. Instead, I went looking for old things connected to the city’s history and quirky local culture – everything from Edgar Allan Poe to row houses and painted window screens, a utilitarian folk art that’s being revived. Here’s what I found.

Hampden

This is where kitsch and hipsters converge – amid the boutiques, eateries and antique shops of West 36th Street in Hampden. The neighborhood’s epicenter might well be the giant pink flamingo at 1002 W. 36th St. outside Cafe Hon – short for honey, but not the edible kind. Elsewhere, you’d be called sir or ma’am, but here you’re “hon.” For more details – including the local penchant for beehive hairdos – watch movies by Baltimore native John Waters.

Artful displays at Trohv Baltimore, 921 W. 36th St., highlight the beauty of everyday objects like old jars or wooden spools of thread. Bryan’s Finds & Designs, 845 W. 36th St., is a fabulous jumble of jewelry, hats, lamps and other vintage accessories. Razzo, 911 W. 36th St., sells crab shells painted with beehive hairdos. And Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St., offers funky but scrumptious goodies like tater tots, polenta, house-made doughnuts and a Bloody Mary garnished with delectable pickled green beans from Tanner’s Pickles, 2724 Remington Ave.

Fells Point

Fells Point is located on one side of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, where pubs, souvenir shops and water taxis attract hordes of tourists. But a block from the water, Fells Point’s historic district – bounded by Aliceanna, Dallas and Wolfe streets – offers quiet, narrow streetscapes dating to the 18th century. Many of the tiny brick and wood-framed homes, some with gabled roofs and dormer windows, are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Edgar Allan Poe

Many cities claim Poe: He was born in Boston and lived in Virginia, New York and Philadelphia. “But this is the place he really considered home,” said Lisa Lewenz, administrator of the Poe House and Museum, a national landmark at 203 N. Amity St. Poe lived in the tiny brick house, just 13 feet wide, in the 1830s with his grandmother, aunt and two cousins. (Poe married his cousin Virginia when she was 13.) Exhibits tell the story of Poe’s life and death; artifacts include his portable writing desk – the laptop of its day – and his telescope. (Poeinbaltimore.org, Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5.)

Poe died in Baltimore in 1849 after being found delirious on the street in circumstances as mysterious as his haunting tales and poems. His death has been attributed to everything from alcohol to rabies. His birthday was marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac at the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, 519 W. Fayette St., where he’s buried. A monument there bears Poe’s likeness; another marker bears a raven.

Painted screens

Baltimore is famous for row houses – adjacent brick homes, two to three stories tall. Folks walking by on narrow sidewalks could see right inside, so beginning in the early 20th century, window screens were sometimes painted with designs to increase privacy. Air conditioners helped kill the tradition, but you can still find a few painted screens – both vintage and newly painted by artists trying to revive them – along Elliot Street in Canton between Conkling and Linwood, or Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown.

The American Visionary Art Museum (avam.org, 800 Key Highway, Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $16) has a permanent exhibit on painted screens that includes a documentary and re-creation of a row house. The gift shop sells a map of painted screen locations, or order maps for $5 from the Painted Screen Society (paintedscreens.org), which can also arrange customized tours.

Et cetera

History buffs may also want to see the Babe Ruth Birthplace, honoring the baseball legend; Fort McHenry, where a flag raised during the War of 1812 inspired the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”; and the Bromo Seltzer Tower, 21 S. Eutaw St., erected in 1911 with a castlelike turret and a clock face bearing the letters B-R-O-M-O S-E-L-T-Z-E-R instead of numbers.

If You Go...

BALTIMORE: baltimore.org . Free shuttle bus system: charmcitycirculator.com. Taxis can be hailed on the street.

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