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

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These extraordinary collections of photographs and narrative captions have wide appeal to anyone interested in Maine's past. Spend an afternoon with either volume of A Day's Work, and you'll make discoveries that will change how you look at Maine's passing scene. Bunting has a knack for spotting the unusual in a photograph, or some minor detail that, in fact, tells a major story about the how and why. From granite quarry operations to an itinerant cobbler in a sailing scow to hootchie cootchie dancers at the ...
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Overview

These extraordinary collections of photographs and narrative captions have wide appeal to anyone interested in Maine's past. Spend an afternoon with either volume of A Day's Work, and you'll make discoveries that will change how you look at Maine's passing scene. Bunting has a knack for spotting the unusual in a photograph, or some minor detail that, in fact, tells a major story about the how and why. From granite quarry operations to an itinerant cobbler in a sailing scow to hootchie cootchie dancers at the state fair to deepwater ships, his page-long captions place these images in social and economic context—but this is not dry history. His research has uncovered a wealth of fascinating, often quirky detail (did you know that mummy wrappings were imported from Egypt for Maine papermaking?), and he makes frequent forays into the Maine storytelling tradition.
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Editorial Reviews

Alex West
...starting at any place in the book, you find a refuge in his storytelling and in his obvious love of history.
Martha's Vineyard Times
Alex West
...starting at any place in the book, you find a refuge in his storytelling and in his obvious love of history.
Bill Bayher
First he makes his readers curious; then he provides them with the tools to satisfy their curiosity.... He makes learning not only pleasurable but surprisingly durable.
WoodenBoat
Bill Mayher
First he makes his readers curious; then he provides them with the tools to satisfy their curiosity.... He makes learning not only pleasurable but surprisingly durable.
Maine Antiques Digest
It makes for fascinating reading and is a wonderful way to visualize and understand history...each photograph is full of amazing facts presented with dry humor at times and straight talk every time.
Maine Antiques Digest
It makes for fascinating reading and is a wonderful way to visualize and understand history....
William David Barry
...an elegant collection of images and essays that engage and challenge the reader as no other work I'm aware of.
Maine Sunday Telegram
William David Barry
...an elegant collection of images and essays that engage and challenge the reader as no other work I'm aware of.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884482079
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.42 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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