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Two Mechanics in Old New York

In 1788, New York City celebrated the the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, and the artisans of the city participated in one of the parades. In an article for the journal Material Culture, Thomas J. Schlereth wrote, “…the city’s shipwrights constructed … Continue reading

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This & That and There Be Cats

Here are a few images that have been sitting in the “misfits and miscellaneous” drawer of my digital files. Dog bone lifts are perfectly fine, but why not take a hint from a sailor’s sea chest and liven up the … Continue reading

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The Carpenter Song

This song is dated 1873-1900 and was taught in kindergartens associated with the International Kindergarten Union. We have the lyrics but not the score. Is anyone familiar with the song? Although the records show the song was taught in the … Continue reading

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The Old Workshop at Grumblethorpe

In 1744 John Wister built a summer house in Germantown, a rural area northwest of  Philadelphia. The house later became the primary residence of the family and was known for its gardens, orchards and farm. When Charles Jones Wister (1782-1865), … Continue reading

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The Carpenters, the Wheelwright and the Turner

Léon Augustin Lhermitte (1844-1925) was a painter of working people. He was known as a realist and specialized in depicting people working in their homes, in workshops and the fields. As far as I have found, he completed three pieces … Continue reading

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Sharp Edges Cut Out Profanity

That’s a pretty good incentive don’t you think? Sharpen your tools and stop swearing. Everybody Does It – A Sharpening World Tour Neolithic polissoirs, characterized by straight grooves and a shallow basin, were used to sharpen axes, arrows and blades. … Continue reading

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Caption Challenge and the Winner Is…

The winner of a Lost Art Press bandana (man scarf) and Chester Cornett button is ‘speed poet’ Bill Rainford. Within 46 minutes of the posting of the Caption Challenge Bill submitted a four-line poem capturing the pleasures and perils of … Continue reading

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