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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Harvest Supper - Granby, Massachusetts

Image Museum website

It was too early for Thanksgiving, but the ladies of the Congregational Church of Granby, Massachusetts served their harvest supper at the end of September 1915, with "special attention to Automobile and Carriage Parties."  Fifty cents buys you a chicken pie, and a quarter extra for the three-act comedy, "Mrs. Briggs of the Poultry Yard."  Heck of a deal.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

College Football - Hampden Park, Springfield, Massachusetts 1905

Image Museum website

This is Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts in November, 1905.  You see the railroad arch down the street, and hanging above the road in the foreground is the "Championship Football" game between Brown University and Dartmouth to be played at Hampden Park on Saturday, November 25th at 2:00 p.m.

Bundle up, if you're going.  And plan to get there well ahead of time; you know how that lot gets filled up with horses and carriages.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Peace Statue - World War I - Chicopee, Massachusetts

Many World War I monuments depicted, not the figures of soldiers as in previous wars, but used images of peace.  The images were mythical, allegorical, because we did not know what peace looked like, but we imaged it must be something beautiful, gentle, and noble.

This statue was sculpted and cast in bronze by Melzar H. Mosman in his Chicopee Bronze Works studio, made especially for his hometown and donated by him.  It stands on Front Street, Chicopee, Massachusetts.  Mosman, himself, was a veteran of the Civil War.  He knew what war was, and he lived the artist's aching determination to create truth, and beauty.

The names of Chicopee's World War I veterans are listed on tablets mounted on the pedestal. The statute is simply called Peace.

For more on Melzar Mosman's work, have a look at this previous post here. I'm currently working on a book about Mosman and his art.

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