"This fascinating volume celebrates the quality of life in the region through an examination of its historic collections." Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Paper, 1987, 289pp.
Have you ever looked at an old family photo and thought their clothing was dull looking? Gray, black and white are what we see but in reality Victorian women wore clothing in apple green, orange, cinnamon pink and a whole range of other bright colors and subtle shades. This coloring book will change the way you view those old pictures. Includes suggestions of 8 pencil colors that were matched as closely as possible to the original colors used. Black and white illustrations ready for you to color! Paperback. 40 pgs.
This book celebrates the preservation of seventeen brightly painted banners that were carried by members of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association in an 1841 Portland parade. In 2010 these proud emblems of the nineteenth century working class were threatened with dispersal to private collections and out-of-state institutions. Maine's cultural community came to the rescue by purchasing them at auction and placing them at the Maine Historical Society. Each color image of the banner is accompanied with a history of the trade it represents as well as historic photos, prints, or other related documents. Historical background on the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, the Portland banner parade of 1841, Portland's merchantile ecomony in the 1820s, and a history of Mechanic Associations in New England are also included. Paperback. 59 pgs.
John Brewster Jr. (1766-1854) was one of the most prominent early American portrait painters. His hauntingly beautiful portraits have a directness and intensity of vision that were rarely equaled, as the images in this book attest. Yet little has been written about the life of this Deaf artist. Harlan Lane, award-winning historian of the Deaf, argues that Deaf people are often visually gifted, and that Brewster, as a Deaf artist, is part of a long and continuing tradition.
A visual tour of 20 Maine artists' work and studios. This book is the brainchild of two women who have been immersed in various phases of fiber art all their lives. All photography by Christine Macchi unless otherwise specified. Full color photography throughout with biographical pieces on each artist. Paperback.
The publication of this book documents an unprecedented moment in Maine art history: the collaboration among several museums to form a Folk Art exhibition trail. Many of the artworks contained in these pages are typical of folk art forms found elsewhere in the United States: quilts, painted furniture, family records, pottery, portraits and landscapes. Others are particular to Maine's maritime culture, manifesting an abiding relationship with activities such as lumbering, shipbuilding, seafaring, trading and fishing. Color photographs throughout. hardcover. 143 pgs.
Combining color photographs of more than 125 pieces of schoolgirl needlework, nearly all stitched in Maine, and fascinating biographies of the sampler makers and their teachers, this book is an essential purchase for collectors and admirers of historic needlework. Written to accompany the comprehensive exhibition, "I My Needle Ply with Skill": Maine Schoolgirl Needlework of the Federal Era, at the Saco Museum, January 12 to March 2, 2013, this catalog includes pieces from across the state, documenting for the first time, bodies of work from numerous female academies of the era. While many of these schools were well established in southern New England states by the late 18th century, Maine developed private academies somewhat later. As these local academies grew and flourished new styles of samplers and needlework evolved that were unique to Maine. This catalog explores that evolution and offers a glimpse of a period of blossoming female creativity and accomplishment that transcended the societal limitations on women of the era, as young Maine women created masterpieces of intricate stitchery. Paperback 162 pages
Here you will find over 700 alphabetical entries ranging in length from a single line to several pages, definition and analysis of the technical terms of book collecting and bibliography, interspersed with salutary comment in such subjects as auctions, condition, facsimiles and fakes, "points", rarity, and more. Ninth edition and first illustrated edition. Hardcover. 263 pgs.
From homespun textiles of wool and flax and custom-made pine and hahogany cabinetry to furnace-fired iron works and redware pottery, author Paul E. Rivard has set out to communicate the great significance of the industrial epoch in forming Maine as we know it today. Rivard, director of the Maine State Museum for fourteen years and of the American Textime History Museum for eight years, has a reverence for history that is evident throughout his work. "Made in Maine" offers readers a glimpse into the state's essential past: the ingenious ways by which products came to fruition as the nature of industry changed. 2007 paperback, 160 pages.
Also by the same author: New Order of Things.
Originally published in 1901, "Old Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle was one of the most popular and influential garden books of the early twentieth century, and one of the first to be extensively illustrated with photographs. With the recent revival of interest in historic gardens and heirloom plants, "Old Time Gardens" has once again become a valued and essential resource for gardeners, landscape designers, and garden historians. This new edition, featuring an introduction by landscape historian Virginia Lopez Begg, makes this classic work available to a new generation of readers. Paperback, 489 pages.
For four decades in the second half of the nineteenth century, Harrison Bird Brown (1831-1915) was the most prolific professional landscape artist in Portland, Maine. In this second volume of "A Painter's Progress," Brown's career is further documented through the many articles about his life, work, and travels which appeared in the Portland Daily Press between 1863 and 1892. The compiler, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., has been the dirctor of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission since 1976 and was appointed by Governor Baldacci in 2004 to serve as State Historian. 2006 paperback, 101 pages.
Samuel B. Dunning is significant in representing the first generation of architects to work in the state's smaller communities at a time when the profession was still emerging from its carpenter-builder origins. Author John V. Goff calls attention to this overlooked architect, and highlights his work through photographs, architectural diagrams, and text. Paperback, 35 pages.
Solid construction and honest functionality make Shaker furniture one of the most popular and timeless design categories. Based on extensive research and personal experience with the last working Shaker community in Maine, this book traces the roots of Shaker design to Shaker belief, which inspired the clean lines, careful craftsmanship, and signature details that define the style. The author also discusses the less known Victorian period of Shaker design and shows how this style has influenced subsequent ones. A bibliography, glossary, and index are included. Color photos throughout. Hardcover. 233 pgs.
"Since the heart of garden history beats in the details, there sould be a regional guide like this for each part of the country. Well researched, accurate,intense,quirky, focussed on individual gardens- and immensely readable." Mac Griswold.
Paper, 1996, 233pp.
A lavishly illustrated biography of itinerant engraver Richard Brunton-sometime soldier, artist, forger-that provides a unique window into the life of an artisan in America's early republic. Color plates throughout. Paperback. 123 pgs.
In this moving account, Korn explores the nature and rewards of creative practice. Though not a "how-to" book in any sense, Korn wants to get at the why of craft in particular and the satisfaction of creative work in general, to understand their essential nature. Paperback. 179 pgs.
Every day, millions of people enter old buildings, pass monuments, and gaze at landscapes unaware that these acts are possible only thanks to the preservation movement. October 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the United States National Historic Preservation Act and historian Max Page offers a thoughtful assessment of the movementís past and charts a path toward a more progressive future. Page argues that if preservation is to play a central role in building more-just communities, it must transform itself to stand against gentrification, work more closely with the environmental sustainability movement, and challenge societies to confront their pasts. Touching on the history of the preservation movement in the United States and ranging the world, Page searches for inspiration on how to rejuvenate historic preservation for the next fifty years. This illuminating work will be widely read by urban planners, historians, and anyone with a stake in the past. Hardcover. 207 pgs.