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An unknown visitor affectionately referred to as the "Poe Toaster" paid homage to Poe's grave annually beginning in 1949. As the tradition carried on for more than 60 years it is likely that the "Poe Toaster" was actually several individuals, though the tribute was always the same. Every Jan.19 in the early hours of the morning the person made a toast of cognac to Poe's original grave marker & left three roses. The Poe Toaster's last appearance was on Jan.19, 2009 the day of Poe's…

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The Poe Toaster is an unofficial nickname given to a mysterious person (or more probably two persons in succession, possibly father and son) who, for over seven decades, paid an annual tribute to American author Edgar Allan Poe by visiting the stone marking his original grave in Baltimore, Maryland in the early hours of January 19, Poes birthday. The shadowy figure, dressed in black with a wide-brimmed hat and white scarf, would pour himself a glass of cognac and raise a toast to Poes

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For the second year in a row, the mystery Poe Toaster failed to show up at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe Wednesday morning, The Baltimore Sun reports. For nearly 60 years, the person (toaster) would appear on Jan. 19, leave three red roses and a glass of cognac, then disappear. Speculation has raged for years over who the toaster might be, but his identity has never been confirmed. Now the curator of the Poe House believes the tradition of the toaster may be dead.

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from Etsy

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TIL the "Poe Toaster," an anonymous man dressed in black that made an annual visit to Poe's grave with a half empty bottle of cognac and three roses, was a tradition for more than 50-years. This is the third year he hasn't shown up.

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from tribunedigital-baltimoresun

After three years of no-shows, Baltimore tradition of Poe toaster may be nevermore

The mystery of the Poe toaster: After three years of no-shows, Baltimore tradition of Poe toaster may be nevermore

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Life Magazine snap [Once Upon a Midnight Dreary,” by Gary Smith] of the Poe Toaster. Tradition for almost 80 years.