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Baltimore: Poe, painted screens, vintage treasures

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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 8:00 pm

BALTIMORE — 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.

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