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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Hall of Fame tie: Greg Otto's Baltimore

Greg Otto is known for his vividly-colored paintings of Baltimore buildings and landmarks, many of which have been made into very popular postcards. Baltimore's three most famous towers are collected on this tie that was sold through the now-defunct seven-site Baltimore City Life Museums. The most visible of the sites was the Morton K. Blaustein Exhibition Center (now known as The Fava Building), which provides the windows and facade for this tie. "Reflected" in the windows are, from bottom to top, The Shot Tower, The Bromo-Seltzer Tower, and The Washington Monument. When I worked in Baltimore, I would see every one of these towers on my daily commute; and if you make even the briefest excursion into downtown Baltimore, you are bound to see at least one of them (most likely the Bromo-Seltzer Tower). For a tie guy, this is the ultimate Baltimore souvenir, and thus it is part of my permanent collection.

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