Removing Mystery From Art

Posted On Sep 2, 2021 By Addison Wiggin

Edgar Allen Poe died in 1849, here on the charmed streets of Baltimore. Sometime in the 1930s, a man dressed in black broke into the cemetery, drank from a bottle of cognac, then left three roses on Poe’s gravestone. He repeated the tradition every year on Poe’s birthday, Jan. 19. Sometimes the “Toaster,” as he came to be known, would leave a note. In the 1990s, he left a card indicating that a new Toaster would be taking over. Whoever the replacement was kept up the annual visits to Poe’s grave until 2009, when they suddenly stopped.But despite appearing in the same place at the same date for over 80 years, there hasn’t been a credible claim to the Toaster’s identity.

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