Bedtime

"Now I lay me down to sleep" Stereoviews often portrayed scenes of domestic life, with people in costumes and staged settings.  Such narrative scenes were generally meant to entertain or amuse.  Some, especially the ones with children, were designed to touch a sentimental chord in the viewer.  The subject of children saying bedtime prayers was... Continue Reading →

Vermonter who’d rather be doing something useful

Vermonters and other New Englanders have traditionally been considered industrious, pragmatic and thrifty.  Vermont is an agricultural state with no major cities.  Hardscrabble family farms, called hill farms, were the norm for much of the state's history.  The man in this portrait looks to me like a hard-working, no-nonsense farmer who doesn't take days off... Continue Reading →

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