Saturday, November 26, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Luxury Living, 1762


Shadow Shot Sunday brings me to one of my favorite homestead museums, the Humphreys House  just down the hill from us in Ansonia, once part of our small neighbor City of Derby. David Humphreys has been written about before, a unique person of history who lived close to us, and there is unique history in every town - we hope to learn it well.

This is a typical well-to-do home of the day. This room, the study, looks Puritan stark. However, it nevertheless spoke of luxury living in its day. This being the 'formal' room, it is plain by our modern day soft ideas, the softest thing here the wicker chairs. Not to mention no central heat with three drafty fireplaces that are warm for no more than one meter beyond the embers. Brrrr!

Nevertheless, a fineabode in the pre-Revolutionary US. Style and comfort are of their respective eras, and it represents an affluent living for a gentleman of his day...see more shadows of style, comfort and substance at the fun Hey Harriet!

26 comments:

Patti said...

Great post.We love the Humphreys House!

Sylvia K said...

What great post for the day, Ralph! Living in such a "young" part of the country, I've always wanted to visit and spend more time in New England than I have been able to and be able to see some of the truly historic places. Your photos are the next best thing! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

A Wild Thing said...

BUT WHERE WOULD I PUT ALL MY STUFF!!!

LOL, this is what I love about my job, here today, gone tomorrow, the world of an antique dealer comes and goes on a whim.

Icky and rainy in Iowa(balmy 54), hope you got some sunshine goin' on out East!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

And with no electricity, no refrigerator for the leftovers!

SHADOWY DELIGHT

Shadows above me, shadows below,
Shadows beside me, wherever I go;

Shadows each morning, shadows at night—
Shadows, O shadows, you’re my delight!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadows here and shadows there

sarayutouched said...

glimpses of the past, such a delight!! the photos speak strong of the history.

BLOGitse said...

I love these kind of historical places.
Sometimes less is more.
Nowadays we have far too much of everything...

frayedattheedge said...

A very elegant room. I love visiting old places - although I wouldn't want to go back to living like that!

Dianne said...

the reflection of the window in the mirror is lovely
beautiful room

Catherine said...

looks a great place to visit....

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a lovely, elegant shadowy setting from other worlds! I smiled when I saw the pineapple in the middle of the table! It seemed odd!

Jeanne said...

I feel like I'm standing right in the room. The starkness is very appealing.

Chubby N Chieque said...

Still so alive!

Great shot, bro? You always bring me to your wonderful world of history.

Happy SSS...
/chie

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Great looking room, love the shadows and the reflection of the window in the mirror that's hanging on the wall.

Nice shot!

Sarah said...

It is a stylishly plain room-I reaaly like it. It would be peaceful to be in I think.

toby said...

How interesting! I can't think of the last time I was in a room that looked anything like that :)
I'd love to have you participate in my meme, if it works out - I'll let you know what happens! Thanks for the support!

Genie said...

Not only do you have some nice shadows, you also have some reflections in this shot. Nice work. Such a pretty room. Nice natural light coming in from the windows. genie

Where is my shadow,
I can't find her anywhere,
I'm lonely without her.

If the lighting's right,
and I am out in the yard,
I bet she’ll be there.

That will make me smile,
My loneliness will then end,
I'll be with my friend.

Gallery Juana said...

Oh ... I am so comfy with heating. I would have been very cold in those days!

Love the furniture and style of this room.

To follow-up on your comment: I agree that going to a crowded shopping area would not be relaxing after a pleasant Thanksgiving dinner.

And you caught the flailing arms in the video!

bj said...

OOO, isn't this nice. I love rooms like this, altho I prefer lots of "stuff"...SOFT STUFF...in my rooms. No one ever accused me of my rooms being stark....:))

Paula Scott said...

Interesting that there is a pineapple on the table-which would be difficult to come by in those days. But, a symbol of hospitality for sure!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Hey Ralph! Love your historic shot! We love visiting historical homes....it is then we know that God put us in the right century...for we would not have made it through these drafty days!!
Have a super weekend!
Karla & Karrie

Kelly said...

Stark perhaps, but still inviting in my opinion. Is that a rocking chair to the left? I've always liked wicker.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Dear Ralph it always amazes me when we look back to what a historical home life was like for different levels of society back then. I love seeing this .. it always intrests me learning about how people lived so long ago !
Wonderful picture to makes us "wonder" how spoiled we are ? LOL
Joy

chubskulit said...

The sight of pineapple makes me miss home and makes me hungry too!

Cassie said...

hehe. That's luxury living for sure. Fruit has always been a special treat in the winter. Happy SSS to you. (See you in Phoenix next SSS!)

Beverley Baird said...

Great shot and shadows for the day! Looks like a lovely place to visit - over and over!

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