A day's work: a sampler of historic Maine photographs, 1860-1920, Volume 2

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Tilbury House, 2000 - History - 384 pages
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These extraordinary collections of photographs and narrative captions have wide appeal for anyone interested in Maine's past. 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-kootchie 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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W. H. Bunting is the author of Portrait of a Port: Boston 18521914; Steamers, Schooners, Cutters, and Sloops; A Day's Work: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs, 18601920 in two volumes; Sea Struck; and The Camera's Coast. With Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., he was co-author of An Eye for the Coast: The Maritime and Monhegan Island Photographs of Eric Hudson. He lives in Whitefield, Maine.