All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Saturday, February 18, 2006

A Spring Pulpwood Drive

The Library of Congress website has a collection of 169 FSA/OWI photographs taken by photo-ethnographer John Collier in the spring of 1943. He was chronicling a pulpwood drive on the Brown Company timber holdings in Western Maine—particularly on Dennison Bog Brook, Kennebago River, and Mooselookmeguntic Lake. The pictures of the river drive are interesting enough, but it's the candid images of woodsmen at rest that really grabbed my attention—whether they're gambling with Canadian cash in the bunkhouse, getting a haircut from the camp handyman, or eating a hearty breakfast of "hot cakes, syrup, baked beans, scrambled eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, biscuits, molasses cookies, gingerbread, pie, coffee, bread and butter."
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At 10:44 AM, February 21, 2006, Blogger Michelle Souliere said...

Neat! Candid shots always tell so much...


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