At the end of the last post I left behind the large doll collection and discovered a wonderful world of lavish miniature homes, shops and hotels. These incredibly detailed vignettes were designed from 1861 to 1921.
|1901 Tavern with pewter dishes and steins. The door is the height of a book of matches.|
|The rugs and crockery!|
|Warm lighting makes me want to live here.|
|The shoes and wallpaper detail! The picture on the wall is about half the size of a postage stamp.|
|More tiny dishes and pots. Cleaning a teeny fish.|
|Really unattractive gentleman, but nice gloves.|
|The lobby is my favorite. The suitcases and tiny clock are incredible.|
|Lots of little ladies|
|Cast iron bank|
|1922 metal wind-up trolley|
|Fire fighter collection|
|Well worn, but still colorful|
|and grounds, make moving between buildings as enjoyable as the interior exhibits.|
|Six layers create a free-standing five foot tall quilted beauty|
|Colorful wall hanging|
|Quilting and ceramics combine to make a whimsical creation. Bubbles, not a pipe.|
|Containing more than 12,000 individual fabric pieces, this 1930's Pieced Postage Stamp beauty was made by Catherine King of Braintree, Vermont, at the age of 87. Extraordinary!|
|Another visitor said "This reminds me of a jazz solo." I must need to listen to more jazz.......|
|This building also houses a three-room collection of vintage hat boxes. Displayed all together they are quite lovely.|
|A collection of Samplers from 1790-1899 is also included. I still have mine from probably 1966ish.|
No community would be complete without a Jail. This two-cell jail served 50 years in Castleton, Vermont, until paroled here in 1953. With just one barred window for light, this was a very dark place to contemplate one's bad behavior.
|Note the very thick walls.|
|Jacquard Loom, American Halton Company, 1851|
|Made on the four looms in the shop.|
|Horseshoe Barn. I missed the information on its origin.|
|A collection of big|
|Conestoga Wagon, 1837|
|Ice Wagon, 1880|
|I have never seen a Stage Sleigh before. This one was built in 1800 and used for 100 years between Worcester and Lowell, Massachusetts.|
|David Buxton sold his cure-all from 1894 - 1941, starting door-to-door in this wagon.|
|This carpeted trunk is beautiful.|
|A picture-perfect spot for lunch|
|Another of Sherwood's moving-metal sculptures stand at the far side of the pond.|
|"Our little town is growing, but few can afford to pay us enough to keep the fires lit this winter."|
|Furnishings were sparse|
|A steamer to add moisture during cold, dry winters|
She served a long and busy career moving passengers, vehicles and freight from 1906 until 1950. One of only two remaining side-paddle-wheel steamers, she was saved from the scrapheap when she was moved here in 1954.
|One level below deck, autos and freight|
|and horses with "sea legs" traveled with their passengers.|
|They dined on china and crystal with beautiful views|
|and relaxed indoors in comfort.|
|The most expensive staterooms were a good size.|
|Engineers shared quarters on the same level while the rest of the crew were below deck in barracks.|
|All sleeping rooms held life vests in the ceiling|
|I love all the detail in the woodwork|
|and the interesting puzzle-piece floor.|
|Much of the ship contains original items from her active career.|
Now here is where I make my grave error. Instead of turning right, I turn left to the Pizzagalli Center to see the Circus Posters and Grandma Moses collection. Not that these aren't wonderful, and something I want to see - but I miss the Carousel and Circus Building!! I don't realize it until I'm back home and kicking myself.
A lecture on Magic Lanterns and vintage circus slides is beginning when I arrive at the Center so I sit in for 30 minutes. The auditorium is packed, many people know each other, most are dressed very nicely, this is clearly a big deal to the community of museum-goers here.
|The slides are shown from this 1892 Magic Lantern. This one uses a light bulb rather than the earlier candle flame.|
|Many of the old slides were hand-tinted by the collector's wife.|
|While the slides need to be higher on the wall, the vintage detail is wonderful|
|Our presenter loves his job and is very fun.|
I've never been a fan of the circus - clowns are creepy, and my mother always felt bad for the animals and that stuck with me. But the impact of the circus coming to town, of the big top being erected in an empty lot, of everyone lining Main Street for the parade - there's just something so exciting about all that! The old posters somehow carry that feeling with them. Even hung on sterile walls in a museum, their magic is palatable.
|Covered the full side of a barn.|
|After this wall panel was stored for two decades, six layers of posters were discovered and tell a story of competing circus companies.|
|For months the thin posters were carefully separated. Some full pieces were saved.|
|In some cases only a small part could be salvaged.|
|This snake-charmer maintains the original vivid colors.|
|Another panel was found in 2001 but the nine layers were too compressed for separation - one can only imagine the wonders hiding inside.|
|The spiral garden is full of bright color.|
Many thanks to Electra Havemeyer Webb whose vision and commitment brought this "collection of collections" together for all of us to enjoy.
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