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Barge Wife: 1941

Barge Wife: 1941

October 1941. "This barge wife is painting up the ship. Erie Canal, New York." Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.


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The Old Erie Canal

There's a great old movie called "The Farmer Takes a Wife", from 1935, (Henry Fonda's first film) that depicts Erie Canal life in its earliest days. Looks like thing changed very little in one hundred years, other that clothing styles. The house in the background is a very classic example of Greek Revival architecture, typical of the Erie Canal era.


It appears that the second story is designed to slide on the first floor. Not only is the visible wall somewhat keyed, the door is also dutched. I would think this can't be the only access to a cargo hold or below deck.

Guy Park in Amsterdam NY

This looks to be Guy Park Manor in Amsterdam NY. I spent a lot of time there when my children were little. Tropical storm Irene about destroyed the place.

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