Poe Fans Call an End to ‘Toaster’ Tradition:
I’m only a passing fan of Edgar Allan Poe. Of course who doesn’t enjoy The Raven but Poe was the author of one of my favorite stories of all time, The Cask of Amontillado.
What I’m more of a fan of is the tradition of the mysterious figure clad in black who would leave roses and brandy at the grave of Poe on his birthday. A tradition that some say not only goes back to the 1930s but has possibly spanned through generations of the Poe Toaster’s family.
Now it seems that the tradition is now as dead as Poe and just as shrouded in mystery as the tortured author’s death.
For the third year in a row, the mysterious figure has not left his traditional tribute on Poe’s grave.
In past years some less than scrupulous people have tried to discern the man’s identity and that may have killed the tradition outright. As I’ve said in previous years some things should just remain mysteries.
Now the official attendees of the annual tradition have said they are calling off their annual pilgrimage to Baltimore after this year.
I always wanted to attend but it seems like this dream for me will remain unfulfilled.
And yes I finally gave in to using the ‘Nevermore’ cliché.
And for the 2nd year in a row, I avoid the obvious cliché pun.
Anyway, for the 2nd year in a row, the mysterious black-clad figure that normally would leave cognac and roses at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore has not appeared.
Others who do not want to see the tradition die have left the signature tribute at Poe’s grave but the authentic Toaster has a certain way of leaving his tribute that only the grave keepers know.
I always wanted to go to Baltimore to see the authentic toast but never got the chance and unfortunately, it looks like I never will.
I hope that the original, or successor, Toaster is in good health and just decided that it was too public to carry on.
As I’ve said in past years some secrets should remain just that.
Nevermore? Mystery visitor misses Poe’s birthday:
Notice how I avoided the cliché?
Anyway for the first time in 60 years the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe has come and gone without a mysterious cloaked figure leaving roses and cognac at Poe’s grave in Baltimore.
Not that I’m a huge fan of Poe but I was always fascinated by this tradition and I am saddened to see it come to a possible end.
Personally if the mysterious man decided to hang up his cloak I wouldn’t blame him. In recent years some people have tried to find out the true identity of the toaster when he made his visit to Poe’s grave.
Some mysteries deserve never to be revealed.
Another year goes by another year that I missed the mysterious Poe toaster. I know I say this every year but one of these days I’ll get to Baltimore to see this.
Say it ain’t so.
Luckily there are enough discrepancies in Mr. Porpora’s story to keep the legend going a little while longer.
I may have to get serious about going to Baltimore this January.
Decades-old mystery: Who visits Poe’s grave?:
Before I was a “crime blogger” I was a “dark poet”, and there was none darker than Edgar Allan Poe. And once again as I do every year I missed my chance to go to Baltimore to witness the mystery man who leaves roses and a bottle of cognac on Poe’s grave each year for Poe’s birthday. No one knows who he is or how he gets into the graveyard. However, it seems I probably missed my last opportunity to do so because assclowns are starting to ruin it for everybody…
Some of the 25 spectators drawn to a tiny, locked graveyard in downtown Baltimore for the ceremony climbed over the walls of the site and were “running all over the place trying to find out how the guy gets in,” according to Jeff Jerome, the most faithful viewer of the event.
Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum, said early Thursday he had to chase people out of the graveyard, fearing they would interfere with the mystery visitor’s ceremony.
“In letting people know about this tribute, I’ve been contributing to these people’s desire to catch this guy,” Jerome said. “It’s such a touching tribute, and it’s been disrupted by the actions of a few people trying to interfere and expose this guy.”
Is this the last we’ll hear of the Poe Toaster? I wouldn’t be surprised if it was.
Mystery fan marks Poe’s birthday:
Dammit. I missed it again. One of these days I’m going to get to Baltimore to see the Poe Toaster. I am glad that I didn’t go this year. It sounds like a couple of assclowns can’t play by the rules. For one day out of the year, this guy (or guys) get to be Batman, Darkman, and The Crow all into one. Respect the guy’s wishes and family tradition. Let him pass. Don’t try to reveal his identity. There are not a whole lot of mysteries left in the world. Leave this one alone.
Man Reluctantly Leaves French Cognac To Toast Poe:
Dammit to hell. I missed it again. One of these years hopefully before I die, I will go to Poe’s grave to see the mysterious stranger.
Baltimore: The mystery of the ‘Poe Toaster’:
That settles it. Next year I’m going to Baltimore. It’s a good thing Poe died in January. How lame would it be if this happened in July?