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Images Of America: Jay
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Images Of America: Jay

Did you grow  up in a small town? Or, maybe you just  like to read histories of bygone eras. If so, consider Images of America: Jay. For a history book, this is very photo friendly. It checks in with about 175 black and white photos for a 125 page book.

There are quite a few photos of old wooden bridges. One of the prettiest was also the oldest in Maine, dating from 1835. Originally, it was a toll bridge. The fee? Two pennies for pedestrians and six pennies if you were riding a horse. I guess they were actually charging a penny a foot!

This publisher, Arcadia, is known for their local histories of small American towns. This particular town of Jay, Maine had several mills including a paper mill, lumber steam mill, and sawmill among others. Locals and immigrants also worked in a granite quarry as well as a carriage factory.

I like to read books that show how workers lived and spent their time both on the job and in their free time in eras past. This book has both, though it’s heavier on the work side. Many photos of folks building dams and working in the mills. There’s also a really sweet old photo of Italian immigrant troubadours dressed to the nines  in their off hours from the mill. Probably my favorite in the book. It seems to capture something about the hope in their eyes as they strum and sing under a tree. With books like this, I always wonder if some old photograph of me or my family will wind up like this one, symbolizing the best of the past some day. –Siriusreviews.com

Meriwether O’Connor

Meriwether O’Connor is a small farmer and writer. If you ever notice any chicken footprints across a review, she was probably typing outside in the barn.

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