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Maryland's vanishing lives
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Published:
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1994.
Format:
Book
Physical Desc:
xiv, 218 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Status:
Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library - Nonfiction
975.2 S
Maryland City at Russett Library - Nonfiction
975.2 S
Odenton Library - Nonfiction
975.2 S
Description
"Wistful, beautiful, elegiac... A handsome collection of essays and photographs that celebrates the lives of pigeon racers and elevator operators, oyster packers and barrel makers, sailmakers and boat builders, fishermen and blacksmiths. A kind of 'let us praise famous men' (and women), it celebrates blue collars and skinned knuckles, the stubbornness and pride that led some to continue with trades they learned long ago, not caring that the world has long since passed them by." -- David Nicholson, Washington Post "An elegant, understated volume... A combination Baedeker and time capsule, a guide to the Maryland, and the America, that is fast disappearing, the victims of the highway, the chain store, the franchise restaurant, the blur of windows, DOS, and disks." -- David Shribman, Wall Street Journal For more than two years, John Sherwood roamed Maryland's small towns and city neighborhoods, traveled Appalachian back roads, and sailed the Chesapeake looking for people whose work or way of life recalled the state's rich and varied tradition. Maryland's Vanishing Lives is his vivid account of the people he met on those journeys. Working in a country store or an old-time movie house, on a small tobacco farm or a weathered skipjack, Sherwood's subjects interest us as people, as stubborn survivors who have watched -- sometimes defiantly, sometimes wistfully -- as the world moved on. These Marylanders' stories poignantly show what happens to family businesses and ordinary folk in the face of new technology, suburban sprawl, franchise outlets, and changing tastes. But Maryland's Vanishing Lives is also an engaging celebration of pride and craft, and the ability to survive. In this collection of sixty-six short profiles, illustrated with memorable photographs by Edwin Remsberg, Sherwood preserves for posterity the lives of Marylanders who hang on to values and skills that are quickly disappearing. "Sherwood's prose is that of a master craftsman in his field -- clear and plain, admirably brief yet touched with insight. Remsberg's photographs are straightforward, black-and-white, and blessedly free of artsy effects. Their book is a fine gift for this area, more than just a nice coffee-table decoration." -- John Goodspeed, Baltimore City Paper "In this grand little book, most fittingly illustrated by photographer Edwin Remsberg's portraits, readers will learn and chuckle and keep turning pages for more and more of these slightly oddball Marylanders. Sherwood is an old-school reporter, weaned on digging up human-interest stories rather than political smears. It's a delight to find his brand of journalism -- informative, surprising, charming, and fun -- alive and well in Maryland's Vanishing Lives." -- Edwards Park, Contributing Editor, Smithsonian Magazine
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Maryland City at Russett Library - Nonfiction
975.2 S
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Odenton Library - Nonfiction
975.2 S
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Language:
English
ISBN:
0801847028, 9780801847028, 0801847036, 9780801847035, 0801852498 :, 9780801852497 :

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Description
On Weems Creek in Annapolis, a grandmother operates one of Maryland's last swing bridges from her office tucked under the span. In his Baltimore workshop, a member of the Boulmetis family keeps the tradition of hat making alive in a city that once was among the hat-making capitals of America. Corny and Wilbur Messick of Bivalve will likely be the last of their family to make the graceful wooden tongs that watermen use to harvest oysters.
Description
The Day Basket Company in North East makes baskets the way it has since 1876, with local flitch-cut white oak softened in a wood-fired steam box. The state's only working one-room schoolhouse survives in the lower Chesapeake Bay - on an island that is slowly disappearing. And Baltimore's "Arabbers," reminders of a vanished horse-and-wagon era, still sing their chants in a few old neighborhoods.
Description
For more than two years, John Sherwood roamed Maryland's small towns and city neighborhoods, traveled Appalachian back roads, and sailed the Chesapeake looking for people whose work or way of life recalled the state's rich and varied traditions. Maryland's Vanishing Lives is Sherwood's vivid account of the people he met on those journeys.
Description
In this collection of sixty-six short profiles, illustrated with memorable photographs by Edwin Remsberg, Sherwood preserves for posterity the lives of Marylanders who hang on to values and skills that are quickly disappearing.
Description
Working in a country store or an old-time movie house, on a small tobacco farm or a weathered skipjack, Sherwood's subjects interest us as people, as stubborn survivors who have watched - sometimes defiantly, sometimes wistfully - as the world moved on. They invite us to reflect on how dramatically life has changed over the past fifty, or even twenty, years. They remind us of the human costs of consolidation and modernization.
Description
Theirs are often poignant stories of what happens to family businesses and ordinary folk in the face of new technology, suburban sprawl, franchise outlets, and changing tastes. But Vanishing Lives is also an engaging celebration of pride and craft, of the will to survive, and of a certain kind of luck - that the highway never came too close, that the family didn't sell the business, that, sometimes, living and making a living can be the same thing.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Sherwood, J. (1994). Maryland's vanishing lives. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Sherwood, John, 1932-. 1994. Maryland's Vanishing Lives. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Sherwood, John, 1932-, Maryland's Vanishing Lives. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Sherwood, John. Maryland's Vanishing Lives. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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