The historic Globe Poster legacy lives on


— The Globe Poster legacy lives on. The panel for the Globe Poster event was held at the Creative Alliance on Eastern Avenue. Answering questions and talking about the legacy of Globe Poster were John Lewis, Bob Cicero, Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor and Frank Cicero.

Hello everyone! Oops, I know if you were looking for my column last week, and it was missing, don’t worry, it was a slight oversight and it won’t happen again. I really hoped that the Pasha Grand Temple (A.A.O.N.M.S.) F & A.A.Y.M PHO NC Oasis of Baltimore Desert of Maryland Annual Potentate Ball was a success. Just know that this Masonic organization gave a ball and it was one hell-la-VA party.

The Annie S. Banks Chapter No. 42 hosted a Country Western Dance cabaret style last week. This event was held at the Masonic Temple, 1307 Eutaw Place. I heard it was YA—–HOOOOOOOOOOO!

Larry Washington, lifetime member of the Arch Social Club hosted a dinner dance with live entertainment featuring Phill Butt & the Sunset Band last week. Donna T. Hollie reported back to me saying it was a sellout and the event was very, very nice.

Now, if you have some quick cash in the bank you can join Winky and Peaches Camphor for their Coppin State Alumni Cruise that is leaving from Baltimore on May 24-31, 2013 on the Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. I believe they have a few cabins left. Give them a call at 410-521-3439 or email them at or call 410-363-3111 ext. 2405.

Last week I was honored to be able to take part in a panel discussion and screening of a John Lewis documentary about the Globe Poster Printing Corp. called “Say it Loud!” The panel consisted of John Lewis, Bob and Frank Cicero, former owners of Globe Poster, and yours truly, Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor, entertainment columnist. It was so much fun! It was held at the Creative Alliance located at 3134 Eastern Avenue. The guests had a chance to hear the Globe story straight from the source. Afterwards, Globe had an opening exhibit reception. Following that, it was a “Globe Tribute Dance Party.” Mannnnnnnnn, I tell you, this was the BOMB! I felt very proud to have been a part of this historic event.

Let me tell you just a little about Globe Poster. First of all, do you remember all the colorful posters that were placed on trees, lampposts and vacant buildings in and around Baltimore, Washington, DC and the Metropolitan area announcing the upcoming shows and concerts at local venues? Do you remember the bright and unique posters that were stuck to buildings up and down Pennsylvania Avenue back in the days of the Royal Theatre? Well, it was the one and only Globe Poster Printing Corp. that designed those posters. Globe Poster was founded in Baltimore in 1929 and was a family owned and operated company. Globe printed posters for a wide range of clients, from political campaigns to traveling circuses, but their most iconic posters were for popular music. When Globe closed its doors in 2010 the company’s collection of posters and printing tools was purchased by the Maryland Institute College of Art where it lives on as a working collection, accessible and used by students, artists, educators and historians. Yes, it was an honor for me to be invited to participate in such an event; due to the fact that the owners, Bob, Frank and their father, Frank Sr. Cicero are friends of mine and I spent a lot of time in their printing shop back in the early 1970’s to the 1980’s getting posters made up for my groups when I was a promoter and booking agent.

Oops! I almost forgot. My dear friends James & Brenda Hamlin, the owners of “The Avenue Bakery” are hosting a music series at “The Avenue Bakery” located 2229 Pennsylvania Avenue. The first event will be “A Taste of Jazz @ The Avenue Bakery” featuring the Dunbar Jazz Ensemble, on Saturday May 4th from 2-6 p.m. It is free! Ladies and gentlemen, please take my word for it; you cannot leave this place until you take home a dozen of their home made rolls made by James the baker right on the premises. I’ll see you there.

Before I go, I want you to promise to get your subscription for the Baltimore Times, by calling 410-366-3900 if you don’t have a computer. If you have a computer, you can read me on line at And leave a comment. I would love to know what you think. Joy Bramble, my boss, would love it too.

Well, my dear friends, I am out of space. So in the mean time, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.