It was also a virtual art museum of paintings and sculptures that its owners acquired and displayed throughout the premises. I believe the auction that disposed of the art collection subsequent to the Landmark's closing brought in excess of $10 million.
One idiosyncratic item (non-art?) was a monstrous ball of string the px and description of which is below:
"Thumbnail" Px of "Ball of String"
Can you believe?
$8,250 was spent on a ball of string?
When Baltimore's famed Haussner's Restaurant closed its doors, Opfer Auctioneers held a sale of the restaurant's memorabilia, including the massive ball made up of the string that bound rental napkins.
Compiled by the employees for generations, the bundle now stands four feet tall and weighs 825 pounds.
The Restaurant was open for 76 years, famous for its art collection hung throughout the premises.
The "HUGE" Painting that the Haussner's donated to the WWI museum in Kansas City... is a 18,000-square-foot panorama, 45 feet high and 402 feet long, titled Pantheon de la Guerre, a memorial to the men who fought in World War I.
Px of Pantheon de la Guerre
Liberty WWI Museum
Back in 1968 and later, I covered Baltimore and had enjoyed many dining pleasures at Haussner's.
I took Thelma there a few times. The 1st time we drove from NJ all the way to Baltimore for a Saturday Evening Dinner (180+ miles, each way). On the extensive menu were items like whale steak, terrapin, gr8 turtle (snapper) soup and many european choices, wiener schnitzel ala holstein etc.
In Baltimore they speak differently <LOL>
BAWLAMERESE GLOSSARY (written by a native Baltimorian)
As the popularity of "Crabs For Christmas" grew, more and more people have told me how my Bawlamerese has brought back fond memories of days gone by.
I understand. I am a native "Baltimoron." Born in Arbutus, I rented a place off "Blair" Road and have owned a house in Hampden, so, to me,
Bawlamerese is the comforting sound of friends and neighbors. I guess others feel the same way and that's why they've put "Crabs" in the mail so that friends and family could have a little "home for the holidays."
Over the years I've seen Baltimore grow and become more cosmopolitan. And I've listened as the accent has slowly dissolved into the homogenization of America. I made this album to help preserve that sound, as well as to celebrate Baltimore's true "everyman" and "everywoman."
Or as we in Baltimore might say:
"Hiya Hons! Alluh dese words is stuff yousel hear on mah alblum."
Amlance : Will take you to the horsepital.
Arn : Will press your pants.
Baffroom : Where the terlet is.
Beehive Hair : The tall hairstyle worn by a true Bawlamer Hon.
Blair Road : spelled "Belair Road."
Cammer : Where you put your fillum.
Chimbley : It's on top of the ruff.
Downer Point : Down to Fells Point.
Earl : an engine lubricant or Earl's name.
Farplace : Fireplace.
Festivus : Raven-ese for "Play-Off".
Formstone : A cement, stone-shaped rowhouse application.
Iggles : Eagles.
Merde : French for "ca-ca".
Natty Bo : National Bohemian Beer.
Orster : where you get perls.
Po-lice : To protect and Serve.
Ruff : What you hammer your shingles onto.
Sem-lem : A convenience store.
Stoop : Marble steps in front of a Baltimore Row Home.
Tars : What your car rides on.
Youse All : All of you.