The Cone sisters and their irresistible passion for collecting art

Etta and Claribel Cone accumulated one of the world’s finest modern French Art collections for their side-by-side Bolton Hill apartments. Works by Matisse, Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, Picasso and other then-undiscovered artists covered their walls. Laces, shawls, sculpture, porcelain, rugs, precious stones and other artifacts covered flat surfaces.

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Abe Sherman: an unforgettable bookstore owner and war hero

You are a Baltimorean from way back if you shopped at Abe Sherman’s downtown newsstand and felt Abe’s eyes boring into the back of your head while browsing. He’d toss you out in a heartbeat if he thought you had mistaken the newsstand for a library.

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Mary Avara did her best to shield us from porn

Every day, Mary Avara, senior member of the Maryland Board of Censors, strode into the office’s darkened movie review room, settled in a chair and picked up her current knitting project. “Miss Mary” then watched every single new movie that was slated to open in Maryland, whether destined for a neighborhood theater or a seedy peep show venue. 

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The first Maryland National Guardsman to earn the Medal of Honor

Private Henry Gilbert Costin was the first Maryland National Guardsman to earn the Medal of Honor. The National Guard Armory in Laurel is named in his honor. Read about his bravery . . .

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