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The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed (Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World Series) Hardcover – October 23, 2013

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“An un-ironic (thank God) treasure-trove of amazingly researched information that elevates the most Balto-centric one-time row house kitsch to its proper place in art history.”

–John Waters



The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed is a stunningly beautiful book that traces the history of painted screens in Baltimore. Elaine Eff profiles three generations of screen painters and lovingly shows how these artists crafted a unique identity for their city. Eff’s majestic portrait of a city, its people, and their art will forever stand as a model study for the fields of American art and folklore.”

–William Ferris, author of The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists

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Product Details

  • Series: Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World Series
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (October 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617038911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617038914
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert A. Kaplan on December 2, 2013
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This is an exceptionally well designed, incredibly researched book that explores the history and beauty of Baltimore and its unique painted screens. Ms. Eff has given the screen painters of Baltimore the national attention they deserve. BUY THIS BOOK!
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This book is beautiful. The author did expectional work to present a beautiful and unique segment of American Folk Art in a quality and professionaly published book. I am proud to own it and i will be giving this book as a present and house warming gift to many friends.
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"That's my uncle!" "My daughter lives up that street!" It's great to be so close to an art movement, looking from the painters' side, not the museum curators'. Going through a gallery, it's easy to forget what physical work goes in to most art, but you can't forget that blue-collar side of screen painting. This book is a good history/overview/guide/how-to of an art that ought to be more widespread. Why don't we paint gazebos to blend with their gardens? Put out specially painted screens for the Fourth of July?
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This book really struck home. As a kid, growing up on our house on Port Street, I was quite familiar with the Octavec's Store on Monument Street. Our family were friends with them and I was quite friendly with their son Richie. I also knew Johnny Eck. He lived across the alley from us on Milton Ave. I still remember the times when he would take us neighborhood kids for a ride in his little race car shown on page 133.
This book brought back a lot of memories.
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By B on January 11, 2015
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Purchased this for friends who just moved to Baltimore. The American Visionary Museum has a great small collection or example of the doors you can see in person. The book has a tremendous amount of history and pictures. Great quality. Perfect gift!
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This was purchased as a gift for my sister-in-law and her husband. They're big fans of this folk art form and are very pleased with this book.
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This represents a lifetime of work for the author. It is full of incredible research, charming stories, and beautiful illustrations.
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After reading some of this intriguing book, some family members and i went to see the painted screens exhibit. It was interesting to discover that the idea came from Europe and was prevalent throughout the northeastern U.S.
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