Greetings from Easton! A chill in the air this morning announces the imminent arrival of fall. I hope you all enjoy a nice Labor Day weekend and the warm days and cool nights.
Work continues at the Museum! Director Jonathan Coe has been busy setting up a new display for our sales items. We will be refreshing the entire Museum over the next few weeks as we eagerly anticipate reopening later in the fall. A photo provided by Jonathan of the new sale display is attached.
Today's image is a small nod to a time when stopping for gas meant watering your horse! A postcard in our collection features a nice image of a watering station. Located at the intersection of Central Street and Washington Street, this pump provided a refreshing drink for both animals and passersby. The pump itself is non-descript, simply a pitcher pump in an iron pipe. The trough is hollowed out from a piece of solid stone. The two buildings in the background are of local interest. On the right is a rooming house owned by the Morse family, whose former thread mill still stands at 7 Central Street. Workers could board there, and the building dates to the 1860's when the thread mill was in full force. The building to the left was a storage building connected with the thread mill, and dates to a similar time. The postcard photo was taken by Webster W. Bolton, a South Easton photographer who lived on Howard Street. He published postcards for clients under the name "The Bolton Popular Post Card" and several of those cards survive. This particular card was published around 1910.
Stay well, enjoy the nice weather, and until next time,
Anne Wooster Drury