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Upton Mansion has fallen into disrepair

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[Kim Hairston, The Baltimore Sun]

Earlier this year the city of Baltimore listed numerous vacant properties for sale, including a structure in West Baltimore that has been on the preservation community’s worry list for years. The Upton Mansion, at 811 W. Lanvale St., is a grand house that deserves better. Other grand houses such as Homewood, Mount Clare and Clifton are well known and respected. Upton is unknown.

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Retro Baltimore Trivia

Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. There will be a prize each week for the first right answer. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia:

QUESTION: In January 1882, Oscar Wilde visited Baltimore and delivered a lecture on the English Renaissance to a crowd of about 800 people inside a stately venue. What was the Baltimore venue?

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(Baltimore Sun file photo)

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The Sun Front Page: August 29, 1963

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The Sun Front Page: August 29, 1963

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This Day in History: Aug. 29

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In 1910, lab technician Vivien Thomas was born. Despite having no education past high school, Thomas is best known for helping to develop the “blue baby” operation at Johns Hopkins in the ‘40s. Thomas went on to serve for 35 years as supervisor of the surgical research laboratories at Hopkins. (Richard Childress, Baltimore Sun photo, 1976)

1533: The last Incan king of Peru, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.

1957: South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond (then a Democrat) ended a filibuster against a civil rights bill after talking for more than 24 hours.

1966: The Beatles concluded their fourth American tour with their last public concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

2005: Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La.; the resulting floods devastated the city of New Orleans. The storm killed more than 1,800 people.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

The last Labor Day parade, 1975

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Chester Tippers, left, stops during the 1975 Labor Day parade to chat with Joshua Hershberg, 2. The parade was held despite the rain, which limited viewers. (Ralph Robinson, Baltimore Sun Photo, 1975)

These days, Americans tend to celebrate national holidays by complaining about how they’re not properly celebrated. Labor Day is no exception.

But if hectoring one another about the true meaning of Labor Day is less shrill than it is about other holidays — at least in Baltimore — it might be because it’s been a good, long while since the holiday was observed with anything resembling enthusiasm.

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