Richard Horne, Dime Museum founder, dies
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Richard Horne, Dime Museum founder, dies

Richard Horne had a collection of early electric trains. Richard Howard “Dick” Horne, a co-founder of the American Dime Museum who restored and sold antique tin toys, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 20 at Sinai Hospital . The North Baltimore resident was 77. For several years beginning in 1999, Mr. Horne and his business partner, James Taylor, owned and operated a private enterprise, the American Dime Museum, which The Sun described as a “mass of miscellany.” Its collection included a Coney Island Ferris wheel replica, a 9-foot Peruvian mummy and a monkey automaton. Born in Baltimore and raised on Woodlawn Road in Roland Park, he was the son of Richard Foster Horne, a Bethlehem Steel manager, and his wife, Jane May. He attended Roland Park Junior High School and was a 1959 Baltimore City College graduate. He earned a degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His daughter, Elizabeth Smith, a Lauraville resident, said, “He was always an artist, and he painted and sketched beautifully.” Mr. Horne joined Sears Roebuck and became a manager. His daughter said he opened the chain’s Mondawmin Mall branch store. “Even while he was with Sears, my father dealt in antiques on the […]

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