Board members from the Emmett Lee Dickinson Museum and the Dickinson Organization of Poetry Enthusiasts visited Baltimore this past weekend to begin planning with city officials for a bicentennial event coming in 2023 – the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s and Emmett Lee Dickinson’s first appearance as the comedy duo “Izzy Sharp & Moe” at the Calvert Street Theatre.
Information and photos from the first half of our tour (Stark Raven MD – Part 1) are HERE.
Following our visit to the Peabody Library, we toured the Domino Sugar Factory, where Emmett Lee Dickinson first received sugar when he invented his candy creation Candy Corn, the world’s most popular candy.
Below left & right: Pics of Domino Sugars, Baltimore.
Below: The clock tower used to include a replica of a Bromo Seltzer bottle; however, it was removed in 1936 because of structural concerns. Click the images to enlarge.
Like his friend Issac Emerson, Emmett Lee Dickinson also developed many medicines. Details are HERE.
In the afternoon, we enjoyed coffee, Emmett Lee Dickinson’s favorite drink, at the Daily Grind at Fell’s Point.
Below: The Daily Grind.
No poet has written more poetry about coffee than Emmett Lee Dickinson. Check out some of his coffee poetry HERE.
In the evening, we dined in Baltimore's Little Italy to pay homage to the fact that Italians LOVE Emmett Lee Dickinson like the French love Jerry Lewis (info HERE). We had dinner at La Scala and dessert (homemade cannolis) and after-dinner drinks at Café Gia – and both establishments were excellent!
Below: Scenes from Baltimore's Little Italy.
Of course, no visit to Baltimore would be complete without a visit to the Emmett Lee Dickinson National Aquarium. Many people do not realize that the aquarium is named after Emmett Lee Dickinson in honor of his time as Chief Ichthyologist for Johns Hopkins University where he studied bony fish (Osteichthyes), cartilaginous fish (Chondrichthyes), and jawless fish (Agnatha).
Below: The Emmett Lee Dickinson National Aquarium at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Below left: A few scenes from inside the aquarium. Below right: Pics from the jellyfish exhibit.
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Below left: A photo of three professors from Johns Hopkins who were instrumental in planning for the Emmett Lee Dickinson National Aquarium to be in Baltimore. On the left is Giles Gride, a world renowned taxidermist who developed modern methods of fish taxidermy. On the right is Shelby Kedgegick Paul who pioneered new systems and procedures for filleting fish. Standing next to him is his wife, Mrs. Paul, who developed ways to cut filleted fish into "sticks."
Below center: In 1853, Emmett Lee Dickinson developed a method by which aquariums could clean fish tanks from the inside. The method is still used to this day at the National Aquarium.
Below right: Emmett Lee Dickinson invented the "snow glow," and there were many on sale in the National Aquarium's gift shop!