Apple season is in full swing in New England. It will continue until early November, which is probably the time of year when the photo above was taken, considering how few leaves are visible on the trees. The photo is the right half of a stereoview by Edward L. Allen (1830-1914).
Edward Allen seems to have spent his entire life taking pictures of Boston and Bostonians, beginning as early as 1851 at his studio at 13 Winter Street. This stereograph was made at another studio at 6 Temple Place, which he opened about 1868. Looking at the clothing styles, I wonder if the photo was actually taken before 1868 and printed later.
I’d love to know what else this lady and her daughter or granddaughter were selling. Maybe cookies? And possibly something in jars….
Farther away, a man and two boys are offering something at a wheeled cart. What could it be?
Created in 1634, Boston Common is the oldest public park in the United States. The National Park Service quotes the English traveler John Josselyn, who visited New England in 1638 and again in 1663. After returning to England in 1671, he wrote about Boston:
On the South there is a small, but pleasant Common where the Gallants a little before Sun-set walk with their Marmalet-Madams … till the nine a clock Bell rings them home to their respective habitations, when presently the Constables walk their rounds to see good orders kept, and to take up loose people.
Well, some things haven’t changed in 350 years. I wonder if Mr. Josselyn tried any apples?