By Ingrid Floyd
SMACK NEXT TO Orioles Park at Camden Yards where the Baltimore Orioles play sits a secret jewel of Baltimore with easy access for all to enjoy: The Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. This pop culture haven for the nation will entertain and educate you about the history of cultural events’ effect on toys from the late 1800s to the late 1900s through its vintage toys, comics, posters, memorabilia and the media world. It will enthrall you as you move from, what Mike Solof the curator calls, “memory bubbles,” to others. It will move you to remember the sweet times of your childhood and bring you joy, and it will educate you how the events in the world played a part in determining what was marketed to you and what you may have chosen as a career or hobby. As you walk through the museum, you will point to an item and say, “I remember that,” or “Grandfather told me about that.” It is a delight.
Stephen A. Geppi conceived of the museum. A lover of Baltimore, he was a collector just like you for years, focusing on comic books. He was a mailman back in the 1970s who went to comic conventions on weekends and bought and sold comics. He would ask people along his route if they had any comics they wanted to dispose of and then take them to the conventions to sell.