November 8, 2014

Hitty Visits the Tin Shop at Old Sturbridge Village!

The Lovely Glow of Autumn, Tin and Lantern Light!
Tin lantern made at Old Sturbridge Village with the double sunburst design.
How lovely the light of the design shines!
I love this little lantern and how cheerfully the lantern light sparkles!

Autumnal splendor at Old Sturbridge Village with the Fitch House and the Center Meetinghouse at the end of the common.

Outside the tin shop at Old Sturbridge Village.

Inside the tin shop the tinner punches a design for a lantern.

The work of the tinner is put to practical use in the butt'ry at the Freeman Farm as the lady fills a tin measure with water.

Our second cousin John May married Delia, one of the Freeman daughters. John May, Delia, and their children lived with Delia's parents at the Freeman Farm in the late 1830s.

On the drainer is a tin skimmer used to skim cream off the milk.

Looking out the window, of the hallway to the woodshed at the Pliny Freeman Farm, at the gathered harvest outside.

The squash harvest was then brought in and stored within the bedroom of the Pliny Freeman Farm.
There is a mellow beauty and autumnal glow to the gathered harvest put away to keep.

The large dark orange are Boston Marrow Squash and the large striped green is a green striped cushaw squash. The little green round one is called an American Citron Melon.

Pumpkins, squash, potatoes, apples and canned goods stored in the Corgyncombe Butt'ry.
This photograph is from our previous post
"Thanksgiving, The Old Way!".

Tasha Tudor illustrated a lovely butt'ry on
the cover of "The Butt'ry Shelf Cookbook".

I keep squash and pumpkins about the cottage, under tables and even under the dollhouse 863 Park Avenue where Tillie Tinkham, the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe, has a shoppe "Tillie Tinkham's Frocks & Fashions" with Millinery and Tea Room.
I have kept pumpkins at Corgyncombe Cottage until April.

Some of the photographs and some of the writings on this post are from previous Corgyncombe Courant posts that can be found here on the Corgyncombe Courant and from our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

Squash seeds to save at the Freeman Farm.

Tin basins stored under the table at the Pliny Freeman Farm.
A basket of harvested carrots and some cucumbers alongside in a tin pan.

A receipt for Gourd Soup on the table at the Freeman Farm.

Nanny Nettie-Kin has had an abundance of squash at her Pumpkin House gardens and decides to make gourd soup.
Above, she is chopping the squash.

Nanny Nettie-Kin cooking her gourd soup on her old cast iron stove, which is called the "Ark".

 Nanny Nettie-Kin puts the gourd soup through a sieve.

Nanny Nettie-Kin serves gourd soup.
She went out in her herb garden and found the smallest leaves of sage to put atop the soup.
All the Hittys at Pumpkin House find it to be most delicious!

Tin measures and a funnel in the butt'ry at the Freeman Farm.

Hitty in the Tin shop.
As she stood there, the tinner thought I was only taking a photograph of the lantern.
I motioned to him to peek around the other side and he smiled as he saw Hitty.
Hitty said she liked this lantern and would like to bring one home!

Tin Lantern Light
The light of from the lantern creates a lovely design on the wall.

Tin Caddies
On the upper right is a nurse lamp.

Tasha Tudor delighted, as we do, in refined, simple elegance, in a country way, and the combining of the every day old fashioned tasks as our ancestors did, with artistic skill that could be seen by the beauty in their accomplished results... such as baskets, clothing, gardens, pottery, tinware, textiles, furniture, food preparation, architecture, and even their tools.

How we appreciate the artisans in the old days and now, who through their talents and hard work make beautiful and well made things with their hands!

The tin shop at Old Sturbridge Village.

Pouring water from a tin measure into a tin basin for washing dishes at the Freeman Farm.

Tin turning tool.

Tin measures, graters, cookie cutters and sconces.

In the tin shop at Old Sturbridge Village, a tin kitchen used for roasting meat in front of the fire.

At Corgyncombe, a view of the turkey that faces the fire.
My Tasha Tudor reproduction tin kitchen made by Carl Giordano and sold by Tasha Tudor and Family.
I was so pleased when they became available as I wanted a reproduction of Tasha Tudor's tin kitchen.

As Tasha Tudor herself said, a turkey roasted in a tin kitchen is "Simply unsurpassed!"

Roasting a turkey outside in the Christmastide snow at Corgyncombe.

In Tasha Tudor's "Around the Year", Tasha has illustrated a tin kitchen with traditional Thanksgiving food around it. In "A Time to Keep", Tasha Tudor illustrated a lady basting the turkey in a tin kitchen in front of the fire. Hungry corgyn gather round, hoping for a taste of turkey. "The New England Butt'ry Shelf Cookbook" written by Mary Mason Campbell and illustrated by Tasha Tudor, also features an illustration of a woman using a tin kitchen with a table of Thanksgiving food. In "A Basket of Herbs", illustrated by Tasha Tudor, on the Sage pages there is a lady fixing a turkey to be put in the tin kitchen with hungry corgyn looking on.

Punched tin lanterns on display at the Early Lighting Exhibit at Old Sturbridge Village.

In the pasture along the fence line in front of the Freeman Farm at Old Sturbridge Village, this squirrel found an ear of corn of which he is removing kernels and then....

He digs a hole, deposits the corn kernels and covers them up.
He moved along the fence digging holes for kernels, bringing his ear of corn down the fence line of the pasture of the Freeman Farm.


Pumpkin House
An Old New England House

Nanny Nettie-Kin and the Little Dolls of Pumpkin House gathering the harvest by tin lantern light!

Nanny Nettie-Kin and the Little Dolls of Pumpkin House
bringing the harvest in to the hall of their Old New England House.
Many hands make light work.

And Tillie Tinkham comes and little paws help, too.

As the days get shorter, darkness comes early. A lantern that stays lit in the wind becomes handy. Alongside the lantern is a milk bucket made from tin the old way by a tinner, John Forshee.

Corgyncombe's tin collection made by
John Forshee of Cincinnatus, New York.
There are three different sizes of milk pans.
John Forshee and his father were both tinsmiths.

My great great great grand Aunt Parthenia (Shepard) Richards also lived in Cincinnatus, New York and her son James Richards was a tinner. Parthenia was second cousin to John May who lived at the Freeman Farm at Sturbridge.

The squash are stored in the hall of Pumpkin House,
which also serves as Nanny Nettie-Kin's Herbary.
Hitty had rushed upstairs with her favorite Pumpkin and hid it under the bed to later make a "Pumpkin Moonshine". Tasha Tudor wrote and illustrated the book "Pumpkin Moonshine" about a little girl who found a special pumpkin to make a pumpkin moonshine.

Sarah looking for the best pumpkin in the patch.
Tasha Tudor was delighted by this photograph that I took of my daughter Sarah.

Sarah of Corgyncombe was Tasha's model for the illustrations of the little girl Kathy in "The Real Pretend". Our Kitty was illustrated in the above pose and also as various ages on the cover. "The Real Pretend" was written by Joan Donaldson and illustrated by Tasha Tudor.

Pumpkin House
An Old New England House

Nanny Nettie-Kin and the Little Dolls of Pumpkin House
The beautiful autumnal leaves can be seen out the window.
Nanny Nettie-Kin, Hitty and Ima were made by talented doll carver Judy Brown.

A basket of acorn squash harvested from the Vegetable Garden at Corgyncombe.

A Small Little House for a Small Little Nanny and a Wee Little Mouse.
The Boston Marrow Squash alongside Nanny Nettie-Kin and Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse, in the "Small House" at Old Sturbridge Village.
Nanny Nettie-Kin and Tillie Tinkham love the Middlefield Sprig wallpaper! This wallpaper is a reproduction of the antique wallpaper found in Middlefield, New York, a town where my ancestors lived. It is the town where my great great grand uncle was a tinner in the 1800s.

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the Receipt for Gourd Soup
at Old Sturbridge Village

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working in his tin shop with old tools.
A fantastic video, you will love it!

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October 11, 2014

Tasha Tudor and Old School House Remembrances!

Old Sturbridge Village School Attended by Izannah and Hitty!
Emma and her doll "Little Dear One" are seated on a bench in the district school at Old Sturbridge Village.
Emma and "Little Dear One" are Izannah Walker inspired dolls.

As we continue "Hitty's Journey and Adventures at Old Sturbridge Village", we go to the old district school.

My daughter Sarah was the model for the illustrations of the little girl Kathy in "The Real Pretend" written by Joan Donaldson and illustrated by Tasha Tudor.

Hitty and Ima are sitting in front of the book "The Real Pretend". In the painting of the old school room the children are sitting at the desks and benches with their slates, there is a portrait of George Washington on the wall, a blackboard, and a stove. The schoolmistress looks to be discussing lessons with the older children, as the boy in the back is standing and has his hand raised. Sarah is the little girl wearing the dark blue frock and white pinafore in the front row of the desks on the right. The schoolroom reminds us of the old school at Old Sturbridge Village.

Hitty stands in the doorway of the school.

Ima and Hitty attend school.
Hitty is thrilled to have her friends Ima, Emma, and "Little  Dear One" attend school with her!

Ima and Hitty were made by talented dollcarver Judy Brown. Hitty's frock and pinafore were made by Gail Wilson. Ima's outfit was made by Tillie Tinkham.

Emma brought her tin lunch pail from home.
Emma and her lovely clothing were made by talented dollmaker Margaret Flavin.

"Little Dear One"

Ima and Hitty

The schoolmistress hangs her bonnet over her desk.
Tillie Tinkham, the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe, makes lovely little hats and bonnets for Hittys in her shoppe "Tillie Tinkham's Frocks & Fashions" with Millinery and Tea Room.

Approaching the old school house at Old Sturbridge Village.

Walking to and from school one can see little lambs at pasture with their Mamas!

Emma sits down beside the wheelbarrow and the "Little Dear One" looks from inside the wheelbarrow.
Emma is hugging the little lamb!
Beside Emma is her tin lunch pail.

"Little Dear One" looks absolutely delighted with the little lamb!
"Little Dear One" gives the lamb a hug! Awww!!!

Diane hugging a sweet little lamb!
I truly like the smell of the unwashed fleece. I love spinning wool in the grease. Spinning in the grease is not for everyone but I do not mind the smell of the fleece, in fact I find the smell comforting as it reminds me of when I was a little girl going into the old barn with the beautiful stone foundation and seeing all the lambs with their mamas.

How I just loved the little lambs!

I have loved old fashioned things since I was a little girl, even before I discovered Tasha Tudor!
The first Tasha Tudor illustrations I saw was when I was a child after the above photograph was taken and the illustrations were in "Childcraft Poems of Early Childhood". In the poem "Mary's Lamb" Tasha illustrated an old fashioned schoolhouse with the children working on their slates at their desks when Mary's little lamb appears and tries to enter the schoolhouse. Tasha's illustration also shows the old schoolhouse with the lovely rolling hills in the background. I have always and forever loved rolling hills! The last illustration shows Mary tenderly giving her lamb a hug!

The photograph of me hugging the lamb reminds us of Tasha Tudor's Mary hugging her lamb and of other Tasha Tudor illustrations, as well!
What Tasha has drawn in her illustrations are the same old ways that I grew up with. I find them familiar, comforting, and I am drawn to them.

Some of the photographs and some of the writings on this post are from previous Corgyncombe Courant posts that can be found here on the Corgyncombe Courant and from our previous writings elsewhere on the internet.

The "Childcraft Poems of Early Childhood" book with Tasha Tudor's illustration of Mary's Lamb on display on the art stand. In the illustration, Mary is hugging the little lamb. The art stand made by Seth Tudor is a replica of the art stand that Tasha Tudor had. Underneath are some old cloth covered school books, a slate and slate pencil.

From "Mary's Lamb"
by Sarah Josepha Hale:

"And then he ran to her and laid
His head upon her arm,
As if he said, "I'm not afraid-
You'll keep me from all harm."

"What makes the lamb love Mary so?"
The eager children cry.
"Oh, Mary loves the lamb, you know,"
The teacher did reply.

And you each gentle animal
In confidence may bind,
And make them follow at your call
If you are always kind."

~ Sarah Josepha Hale

The box above features a Tasha Tudor print on the lid. The print is from the book "The Real Pretend", written by Joan Donaldson and illustrated by Tasha Tudor. Tasha's borders are always so wonderful and such a treat to look over again and again. The border of this illustration contains autumnal foliage, school items, and a little red squirrel up top. Sarah was Tasha's model for the illustrations of Kathy in "The Real Pretend". Sarah is seated on the front bench, third from the right, the little girl with the corgi red braids done up, wearing a dark blue frock. Within the box are some of the letters that Tasha Tudor sent to us.

In one of her letters, Tasha wrote: "The illustrations are coming so well for 'The Real Pretend' thanks to having so charming a model. So Sarah, you are with me all the hours that I paint and I find you the very best companion."

Hitty and Ima look like they are attending class along with the children in the painting in "The Real Pretend". In the illustration Sarah and another girl look like they are sharing some amusing secret as Sarah is drawing on her slate! The slate that the little boy is holding up looks as if it could have a drawing of a kitten. This is interesting because I gave Tasha a photograph of Sarah drawing her kitten on a blackboard.

Sarah sitting on a stile writing on her slate.
Her tin lunch pail is beside her.


At Old Sturbridge Village School Hitty finds quills to write with!
In the book "Hitty, Her First Hundred Years" by Rachel Field, Hitty uses a quill to write her memoirs. At Corgyncombe, Hitty writes with Phidelia Finch's very small quills.

 My father's Uncle Ford when he was a little boy.
Does he not look sweet in his fancy clothes and curls?

My father's dear Uncle Ford, with my brother, in front of the one room schoolhouse that he called home. The tar paper along the bottom of the schoolhouse was to help keep out drafts.
When Uncle Ford and my Grandfather were children they lived near the school house and attended. Their family kept sheep as I am from a long line of Shepherds/Shepards.

Uncle Ford was very eccentric, as the Shepard's were known to be.
My Mum, when she would become particularly vexed with me as a child, would say "You're ALL Shepard!"
 I would say "I know it!"

Uncle Ford lived in a one room schoolhouse, well actually he lived in the small front room of the schoolhouse, the area where the children would have hung their coats. The actual schoolroom part was his storage area.
In the small area that he lived in he had a bed, an old desk, a wood stove, a table covered with oil cloth, and a couple chairs. He always lived with no electric, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. Instead of a modern bathroom, he had an outhouse. He was a hunter, trapper, fisherman, and he kept bees.

A report in the newspaper about my father's Uncle Ford said that he "recently had a large swarm of bees light in the top of a tall elm tree, out of reach of a ladder. He took his rifle and cut the limb off with three shots. Limb and bees dropped to the ground. He then proceeded to hive them and they proved a fine swarm."

Often my father would take us children to visit Uncle Ford and we would bring him vegetables from our garden.

In the Corgyncombe Library is the desk that Uncle Ford had in the small room of the schoolhouse that he lived in. It is an old family desk, handed down in my Jones family who were from Connecticut and Vermont.

Whenever we visited Uncle Ford he would always go to his old desk to get peppermint candy for my brother and me. For Christmas Uncle Ford was very kind and always gave us each five dollars and a jar of honey.
The old wooden box below the desk was Uncle Ford's too and held what was referred to in the family as the "honey kit".

Above the desk are Sarah's frock, pinafore, hat, and shoes that she wore in my photograph that Tasha Tudor drew from when she painted the Sarah card. The distaff is dressed for spinning flax.

Emma and The Little Dolls
 of Pumpkin House.
A couple of their favorite books are "Hitty, Her First Hundred Years" by Rachel Field and "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott.
My 5th great grandfather Eliakim May was 1st cousin to Louisa May Alcott's great grandfather Samuel May.

After school, on their way home the girls meet at a favorite spot. They talk about their favorite books, bonnets, fashions, and lambs.

When I was a child I met my girlfriend after school. We would both fix a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich then ride our bikes to a special place in the journey between our houses and meet on a rock to discuss secrets of the day!

Sarah walking home from school.

 We were delighted to see warm plaids added to the autumnal, cold-weather-coming display in the Asa Knight Store at Old Sturbridge Village! Hitty says "Ima's Princess cousins love plaids!"

  Tasha Tudor also illustrated several school scenes in "Around the Year", readying for school in "First Delights", and walking to school picking pussy willows in the poem "Pussy Willow" in "First Poems of Childhood".

Be sure to check in again as the series of
"Hitty's Journey and Adventures
at Old Sturbridge Village"
will continue with more posts to come at the
Corgyncombe Courant!!!

Here are links to our previous posts:

Hitty Visits Old Sturbridge Village, Freeman Farm!

At Old Sturbridge Village Hitty Finds George Washington!

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Old Sturbridge Village

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