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I visited Tall Dan in Baltimore today and went to the most awesome antique store I’ve ever seen, The Antique Man, in Fells Point. The little shop is somewhere between a freak show, a museum, and an old fashioned knick-knackery, with shelves of world’s fair souvenirs and advertising swag surrounded by felt pennants, neon signs, original movie posters, and what seemed like hundreds of unique paintings of the Natty Boh man. Add to that equation several old glass museum cases filled with four legged chickens, mermaid skeletons, and a two headed mummy, and you begin to get the idea of why I was in heaven.
The affable owners told us that they’re constantly - and pleasantly - surprised by the quality stuff that people just bring to them (“We pay top dollar, of course!”), and that they don’t even have to do much auction and estate sale cruising. Still, I had to wonder how they acquired the several stacks of old lobby cards, film stills, and promotional photos that I spent a good hour looking through today. They must have raided a storage room in an old theater that was slated for demolition. Or something! In a pile of the aforementioned photos, I caught “Myrna Loy” out of the corner of my eye, but it was only a credit line for a film at the bottom of a photo of her male co-lead. Drat. Couldn’t find a photo of her, though there were plenty of others that I would have loved to have taken home.
In the end, I took home a nice cache of selected ephemera for a cool $20. I’d go in to more detail, but some of it is destined to be presents for selected dear readers.

I visited Tall Dan in Baltimore today and went to the most awesome antique store I’ve ever seen, The Antique Man, in Fells Point. The little shop is somewhere between a freak show, a museum, and an old fashioned knick-knackery, with shelves of world’s fair souvenirs and advertising swag surrounded by felt pennants, neon signs, original movie posters, and what seemed like hundreds of unique paintings of the Natty Boh man. Add to that equation several old glass museum cases filled with four legged chickens, mermaid skeletons, and a two headed mummy, and you begin to get the idea of why I was in heaven.

The affable owners told us that they’re constantly - and pleasantly - surprised by the quality stuff that people just bring to them (“We pay top dollar, of course!”), and that they don’t even have to do much auction and estate sale cruising. Still, I had to wonder how they acquired the several stacks of old lobby cards, film stills, and promotional photos that I spent a good hour looking through today. They must have raided a storage room in an old theater that was slated for demolition. Or something! In a pile of the aforementioned photos, I caught “Myrna Loy” out of the corner of my eye, but it was only a credit line for a film at the bottom of a photo of her male co-lead. Drat. Couldn’t find a photo of her, though there were plenty of others that I would have loved to have taken home.

In the end, I took home a nice cache of selected ephemera for a cool $20. I’d go in to more detail, but some of it is destined to be presents for selected dear readers.

(Source: valentinovamp)

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