Patti and I again visited the historic Humphreys house in Ansonia, CT. Built in 1698, it is a scant 1.5 miles (2.4 km) miles from home. The Derby Historical Society have a ramp that allows me and the ‘chair get to view the first floor.
Ordinary items that project shadow art includes a punched tin lantern, a storage chest, a barrel and a period radiant fireplace cooker with a subtle shadowy wire loop. Nothing of real style, all having the honest and functional look of the day...
Colonial cooking was going on at two of the fireplaces, all in cast iron pots with red-hot embers on the lids: turkey, black bread with freshly churned butter, squash pie and more. Naturally, blogs, memes and shadows were sought, point-and shoot in tow. On the interior, two shots were taken in Lady Humphreys Parlor. This family was well to do , but the interior was quite stark by today’s style. Yet, the tea set is set up at the table for a guest. What is sparse is enhance by the shadows to sneak in through the windows.
He was a colonel in the Continental Army who was aide de camp to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, a diplomat in the fledgling US and an industrialist - for instance, he introduced to America the prized soft Merino sheep and the first textile mill in the US for luxurious Merino wool.
Shadows and history work well together, and we thank the great Derby Historical society for the museum, tour, food and of course the shadows. See Hey Harriet for so many more!