nettie marries, records life in the hamlet

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we lived on this road and knew about Nettie, the girl who lived on a berry farm on the mountainside above. she was born and raised to be her parents’ keeper in their aging, as some parents did in the late 1800s. your last child was to be yours, not living for his or herself. she did the unexpected and got married. she became a photographer.

nettie's camera

 

our friend, a local historian, has done a lot to preserve his rural town’s history, including developing and publishing her photos from glass plates. and now he has a helper to digitize glass plates.

local historian and his helper

local historian and his helper

 

 

here is nettie’s self-portrait

nettie wears her clothing, designed and made by nettie.

when walking the road

this is the road i walked many years every day. i tell of these walks in the MAINE METAPHOR books. R. has taken his own photos of this ledge with ice.

Maxim, Nettie Cummings, “Maxim Family Framing the Barn,” Greenwood Historical Society – Online Collections, accessed September 12, 2016, http://greenwoodhistorical.org/catalog/items/show/1164.
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