…seemingly, without me finding some cloth-covered wire. My latest encounter with finding it unexpectedly started in a way not associated with wire at all. It started out with ocean liners.
What do cloth-covered wire manufacturers see when they are sightseeing? Let me tell you….
On a whim, Jim and I went to Concord, Massachusetts, this weekend, about ninety miles from our home in Northampton. While Concord is best known for being, along with Lexington, MA, the location of “the shot heard around the world“, the beginning of the fighting in the American Revolutionary War, it was also home to several of America’s shining literary lights of the nineteenth century, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, who coined that famous phrase, as well as being the founder of the Transcendentalist Movement. Just west of Boston, the road between Boston and Concord is the location of Paul Revere’s famous ride.
Jim and I visited the Minute Man National Park, a large national park covering much of the road along which that first battle of the Revolution took place. Also part of the park is a house called Wayside: Home of Authors. This is a house where several famous American authors lived, the Alcotts, including Louisa May, author of Little Women and its sequels, Nathaniel Hawthorne, author, most famously, of The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables, and Margaret Sydney (real name Harriett Lothrop), author of the children’s book series, The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew. Continue reading A Transcendental Road Trip
Last week we dusted off our trusty Radio Flyer cargo wagon, and set out for the great Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts.
For one week three times a year — in May, July, and September — this rural hamlet in central Massachusetts becomes overrun with thousands of antique dealers, specializing in everything from from 18th century primitives to Mid-Century Modern, with about every variety and sub-specialty you can imagine. So there are vendors who might just sell paper ephemera, or old maps, or framed original artwork, or clocks, or walking sticks and jewelry. There are dealers who sell imported antiques from Europe and, increasingly, plenty of dealers selling mass-produced, vintage knock-offs. Continue reading Brimfield