A Day's Work: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs,1860-1920

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This astonishing collection of historic photos is accompanied by narrative captions that inform and entertain. There is much that can be learned from the details of a photograph, and Bunting leads the eye with extraordinary skill as we see a lumber batteaux working a log jam, granite-cutting operations, an eccentric cobbler traveling from island to island by sailing scow, train wrecks, lumber camps, coastwise cargo schooners, deepwater ships, and much more. Bunting's text places the images in social and economic ...
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This astonishing collection of historic photos is accompanied by narrative captions that inform and entertain. There is much that can be learned from the details of a photograph, and Bunting leads the eye with extraordinary skill as we see a lumber batteaux working a log jam, granite-cutting operations, an eccentric cobbler traveling from island to island by sailing scow, train wrecks, lumber camps, coastwise cargo schooners, deepwater ships, and much more. Bunting's text places the images in social and economic context, but this is not dry history; his research has uncovered a wealth of fascinating detail, and he makes frequent forays into the Maine storytelling tradition.
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Editorial Reviews

William David Barry
This is a true labor of love, carefully selected, intensively researched, and beautifully written. One has only to open it up to see its quality and scope.
Geoffrey Elan
...dozens of compelling photographs of Maine men and women at work, with Bunting's cogent explanatory essays.
Rob Napier
The author treats each photograph as a time capsule, a window, and an opportunity to see what was happening...discovering secrets...in the corners of photographs...
William David Barry
This is a true labor of love, carefully selected, intensively researched, and beautifully written. One has only to open it up to see its quality and scope.
Maine Sunday Telegram
Geoffrey Elan
...dozens of compelling photographs of Maine men and women at work, with Bunting's cogent explanatory essays.
Yankee Magazine
Rob Napier
The author treats each photograph as a time capsule, a window, and an opportunity to see what was happening.... He enjoys discovering secrets that lurk before our eyes in the corners of photographs, and interpreting them with traditional archival and oral historical research.
Nautical Research Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884481881
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/31/1997
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.71 (w) x 10.61 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Best Maine book ever

    There is also a second volume (and more to come, I hope!). The amount of information offered is astounding. Touches on so many social and economic themes, well selected, intriguing, and always academically presented in the finest format. Except for the Baxter MHS series, and Baxter's monographs, no other author comes near to the completeness and outstanding presentation of Bunting. If one has any interest in a Maine topic, (s)he will find these books of the greatest value. It's a real keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2001

    A unique book about a unique state and people

    For anyone who loves Maine, and the people who live there, this book reviews much of the heritage that formed them into the state they are today; hardworking, industrious, and self sufficient. The photos don't speak clearly to the reader at first, but the text brings out the color and drama and details behind the black and white photos like no other book I have seen. Each photo is described, either for the details of the particular photo, or for the way of life, now gone, that it depicts. the harsh realities of winter, hard work, industrial accidents, immigration, and a thousand other facts of life in a previous time mold an image of who Maine folk are and how they got to be that way. Some passages with names and places I knew caused one of those 'Ah HA!' moments, when I finally understood why things are they way they are today..... This book covers a lot of territory, from the woods of Patten to the docks of Portland, and the trip is one you cannot take just by driving the Maine Turnpike and saying you are in Maine. Some details are left out, phrases used and terms for some photos are not explained but are only slightly detrimental to the enjoyment of each and every photo. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves Maine and it's history.

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