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The Painted Screens Of Baltimore

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Beaming lighthouses, seascapes with crashing waves, cottages under puffy clouds. It was common in the 1950s for windows in East Baltimore rowhomes to be adorned with painted screens. Now it’s a rare treat.

Painted screens grew popular for a practical reason: They block the interior of your home from prying eyes.

Folklorist Elaine Eff tells about the origin of this artform, and Highlandtown Gallery owner Felicia Zannino-Baker talks about preserving and promoting painted screens today.

Find out about tours at Highlandtown Gallery, and other screen-related events. Learn about the Painted Screen Society here

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.