The Story Behind the Old Baby Carriage

Vintage Baby Buggy

In several of my fine art photographs for sale, you’ll find this classic old baby carriage.  It’s a large baby buggy or maybe more properly called a pram or a stroller.

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“….definitive luxury pram, still crafted by hand in Yorkshire using traditional methods. It’s unique design is British engineering at its best. The iconic design exudes quality and craftsmanship, from the polished chrome chassis to the hand stitched fabrics and the hallmark hand painted fine line detail. The gorgeous shape and detailing are matched by the famous Silver Cross ride, a wonderful bouncing glide created by the patented C-spring chassis…”

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This is something you’d see in the movies with an Irish nanny pushing the pram through NYC’s Central Park or something.

New ones can still be purchased and sell for $2,500 or more.  I picked up mine at the local church flea market for $0.  It was in the “free” pile after it didn’t receive any bids in the charity auction.

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Too big to fit in the car, my wife walked it back to the house where it sat in the basement for a while.  It was in rough shape.  The canopy was ripped, the wood was rotting.  Eventually I had to move it outside into the elements because we tired of tripping over it.

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Had it been in better shape perhaps I would have found someone to buy it from me for a store display or something but the thing was a beast.  It is huge, heavy and takes up a lot of space.  If you own one of these things, you really need a third bay in the garage to store it.

Had this tag sale fine been more manageable I think I would have done a series with it, driving it around in the car, popping it into landscapes here and there, but it was so heavy and awkward.  It wouldn’t fit in the car and need two men and a small boy to wrangle it anywhere.

Eventually the wild animals had their fun with it and it ended up getting smashed up and fed to the bonfire.

 

Take those old records off the shelf

Take those old record off the shelf

I’ve inherited a lot of old stuff as my parents and in-laws have “downsized”, cleaned out or moved around, shedding their former treasures, collected over the years.

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One set of these treasures has been old vinyl record albums.   These old classic records from the 50s and 60s make for some cool wall art.

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A collection of old classic record albums.

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A classic old jukebox.

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A simple aged vinyl record album liner sleeve makes for a cool t-shirt, throw pillow or shower curtain.

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The classic designs of old vintage record album sleeves.

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Take those old records off the shelf – old vinyl record albums make fine art in these photographs by Edward M. Fielding available as prints.

Vintage Tractor Fine Art Photographs

Vintage Tractor photographs

The Art of the Tractor – celebrating the beauty of old farm tractors with fine art photographs and artwork from around New England and the world.

Do you like old tractors?  This is the place to see some of the finest tractor photography by photographer and vintage tractor hound, Edward M. Fielding.

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Living in the heart of old tractor hunting grounds, in the Upper Valley region and Kearsarge area of New Hampshire, near the boarder of Vermont, Fielding spends his time hunting the surrounding towns of Springfield, Sunapee, New London, Hanover, Lyme, Cornish as well as deep into rural Vermont in pursuit of fine old vintage tractors in the wild to photograph.

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John Deere, Farmall, International Harvester, Ford – if it is an old tractor sold back in the day in New England, chances are Fielding has found and documented it.

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Old tractors still in use plowing and haying meadows, old antiques restored and proudly displayed, classics for sale, rusty old heaps put out to pasture as decorations, cute little red house tractors peeking out of barns.

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tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction.

 

Most commonly, the term is used to describe a farm vehicle that provides the power and traction to mechanize agricultural tasks, especially (and originally) tillage, but nowadays a great variety of tasks.

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Agricultural implements may be towed behind or mounted on the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power if the implement is mechanized.

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To the tractor lover, there is something magical about the tractor in the pasture. It represents wisdom, strength, and former glory as the plower of soil, tender of crops, and the backbone of the nation.

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Much like the aging racehorse or the prize bull, after its working days are done, old tractors find resting spots on the edges of fields, alongside barns, or in the hedgerows.

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Today, these rusting piles of iron not only represent the memories of nostalgic farmers (past or present), they represent possibilities of restoration, rejuvenation, and new life as sparkling representations of an age gone by.

 


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The Old Grist Mills of New England

Old Grist Mill Vermont

Grist Mills – Before flour came in convenient sized bags and in a zillion versions like wheat,  whole-wheat, bleached, gluten-free, rye, potato, rice, pastry, corn meal etc.

Today its easy to shop for pre-ground flour.
Modern supermarkets offer a wide selection of specialty flours at your finger tips.

In the old days you had to grown your own grain, harvest it, dry it, separate the grain from the plant and take it to the local grist mill to have it ground into flour bay a water powered contraption between two giant stone disks called mill stones.  How much stone dust do you think people back then ate?

A gristmill (also: grist mill, corn mill or flour mill) grinds grain into flour. The term can refer to both the grinding mechanism and the building that holds it.

Whole communities sprang up around the available water sources and grist mills were such an important part of every day life that many have survived today and even more mill stones are around decorating people gardens or used as front steps.

Here is a collection of some of the mills I’ve photographed around New England.

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Old Grist Mill Vermont
Old Grist Mill Vermont by Edward M. Fielding

Located on Granby Road (just off Route 102) in Guildhall, Vermont, the Old Guildhall Grist Mill. In Guildhall was the Bailey Grist Mill was built below what is reputed to be the first wing dam built in the Connecticut. It was in operation until 1844. According to a petition submitted by one Enoch Bartlett to the Council and Representatives of the State of New Hampshire in 1780, the iron work, mill stones, gears, and other building materials, were plundered from a mill located on Dean Brook in Northumberland and transported across the Connecticut River for use in the Bailey mill.

More photographs of old grist mills from around New England can be found on Edward M. Fielding’s online portfolio of fine art photographs from around New England and beyond – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/mill


Abandoned New Hampshire – Fine art photographs of the forgotten

Abandoned Factory in New Hampshire

Abandoned New Hampshire – All over New Hampshire are relics of the past. Forgotten and abandoned farm equipment, farms, house, barns, sugar shacks, outbuildings, outhouses, cars, cemeteries and sometimes even whole towns.

Left to decay and rot away. Sometimes its a new opportunity that causes people to leave it all behind. Other times is just the convenience, lack of zoning or the lack of the concept of a town landfill and recycling. Sometimes it is a death or a bankruptcy or a stock market downturn.

Redneck Landscaping
View out the back porch – Redneck Landscaping

See the Abandoned Collection here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/abandoned

 

The Abandoned Garage Full of Old Cars

Old abandoned car dealership in Weare New Hampshire
Old abandoned car dealership in Weare New Hampshire – fine art photograph by Edward M. Fielding

This relic from the past sits in front of an old Ford dealership in Weare, New Hampshire.

“I’ve been told the building you see there was built in 1930 and replaced one that burned down. The business was started by Maurice Grant in 1919 in an old grist mill. Later Maurice’s brother Leon took over the business and Maurice went on to become the owner of State Motors in Manchester…it was called “South Weare Garage”, the first Ford dealership in New Hampshire; this dealership was chartered by Henry Ford himself, who visited Weare on more than one occasion.”

The Former Woolen Factory

Fine art photography of an abandoned factory
The former Hartford Woolen Mill in Newport, New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

This abandoned former woolen mill is now serving as a canvas for the local rural New Hampshire aspiring graffiti artists.

Currently a brownsfield site being monitored by NH Environmental Services.  The 3.8-acre site is the location of an abandoned 19th century woolen mill building approximately 12,000 square feet in size. Several wooden roof beams of the former mill building have rotted, and the building is in a general state of disrepair. The site was most recently owned by the late Christi Ambargis. Ambargis acquired title to the property from the Hartford Woolen Company in January 1960. Ambargis held title to the property until his death in 1996, at which time the property passed to his wife. She renounced and
relinquished any ownership of the property due to considerable tax liens levied against it for non-payment of taxes, and potential liability for the clean-up and remediation of environmental contamination. In 2000, a tax deed certified the town as the site owner.

Ambargis reportedly collected used oil from various sources and stored the material at the site for intended use in a fuel-blending project.

Abandoned Truck in New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding
Abandoned Truck in New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

Abandoned Train Bridge

Old Train Bridge Newport New Hampshire
Old Train Bridge Newport New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

When railroads go bankrupt, their track beds and bridges are usually forfeited and sit idle until the state decides that no new train is coming anytime soon and they are turned into multi-use trails for hiking, skiing, biking, ATVs and snowmobiling.

The old Concord to Claremont Line follows the Sugar River and has an impressive array of steel truss and wooden covered bridges along its section between Newport and Claremont.

The Concord and Claremont Railroad was an American railroad company during the mid-nineteenth century in New Hampshire spanning from Concord to Claremont.  Currently The Claremont and Concord Railroad now operates on a short line between Claremont Junction on the main line to Claremont. 9 miles (14 km) of the line between Claremont and Newport is now the Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail, owned and managed by the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.

Abandoned Farm Equipment

Abandoned farm equipment can be found all over New Hampshire, even in the middle of the woods with trees growing through them.  You look around at the forest and think, how the heck did this get here?  Yet in 40 or 50 years a cleared farm field can revert to forest erasing all traces of the farm save for the stone walls and rusty old farm equipment.

People salvage these old rusty plows and haying equipment for garden ornaments but it can be dangerous trying to pry some of this old stuff from the forest’s grip.  A few years back a guy trying to salvage some old equipment from the woods died.  He got cut in half when the equipment gave way  expectantly and his winch yanked part of a hay baler into his midsection.

Old Abandoned Tractor at Muster Field Farm
Old Abandoned Tractor at Muster Field Farm

Old barns, sheds, and sugar shacks are also commonly found all over rural New Hampshire.

Old Abandoned Shack by Edward M. Fielding
Old Abandoned Shack by Edward M. Fielding

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Old Ford Vintage Tractor

Old Ford Vintage Tractor

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Old vintage tractors live and breath in Springfield, New Hampshire.  I found this wonderful old, patina-ed Ford red and white vintage tractor working on building up a wood pile in a woodlot.

Part of an ongoing series of fine art photographs of vintage tractors in Vermont, New Hampshire and all around New England,  including a few as far north as Prince Edward Island, Canada.  You can see the entire collection at:  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/tractor

Old Ford Vintage Tractor
Old Ford Vintage Tractor, Springfield, New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

Also join the Vintage Tractor Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/vintagetractorart/

The Ford N-Series tractors are a series of farm tractors that were produced by Ford between 1939 and 1952, spanning the 9N2N, and 8N models.

The 9N was the first American-made production-model tractor to incorporate Harry Ferguson’s three-point hitch system, a design still used on most modern tractors today. It was released in October 1939. The 2N, introduced in 1942, was the 9N with some improved details. The 8N, which debuted in July 1947, was a largely new machine featuring more power and an improved transmission. It proved to be the most popular farm tractor of all time in North America.

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Beautiful Vintage Tractors

Vintage Tractors Farm to Table decor

Beautiful vintage tractor photography by Edward M. Fielding. See the entire portfolio of vintage tractor photographs and artwork available as prints, greeting cards, framed artwork, canvas, metal, wood, acrylic museum quality artwork with a 30 day money back guarantee.

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Old tractor in the snow
Classic New England scenery with vintage red tractor, snow and an old red barn.
Beautiful Farmhouse Interior
Beautiful Farmhouse Interior
New Hampshire Vintage Tractor
New Hampshire Vintage Tractor
Cornish Vintage Tractor
Old Tractor Quechee Vermont
Rusty old Ford Tractor
Rusty old Ford Tractor, copper frame.
Vintage Ford Tractor by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor by Edward M. Fielding – 12 x 12 shown.
Vintage Ford Tractor Tilt Shift by Edward M. Fielding
John Deere Green Tractor Vintage Style by Edward M. Fielding
John Deere Green Tractor Vintage Style by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Tractor with elaborate frame
Vintage Tractor with elaborate frame
Barnwood frames available
Barnwood frames available
Hundreds of frames and mat combinations to choose from - or get it printed on canvas, wood, or metal.
Hundreds of frames and mat combinations to choose from – or get it printed on canvas, wood, or metal.
Vintage Tractor Photography for that modern farmhouse style
Vintage Tractor Photography for that modern farmhouse style
MH20- Old Farmall tractor in the field by Edward M. Fielding
MH20- Old Farmall tractor in the field by Edward M. Fielding
Old Tractor Brown Toned by Edward M. Fielding
Old Tractor Brown Toned by Edward M. Fielding Modern Farm House Style Decor
MH03 Old Tractor and Barn by Edward M. Fieldng
MH03 Old Tractor and Barn by Edward M. Fieldng
Photographs of old tractors
Photographs of old tractors by Edward M. Fielding – Modern Farm House Style Decor
Vintage Ford Tractor Square Framed Print
Vintage Ford Tractor Square Framed Print – Modern Farm House Style Decor
Old Tractor Black and White Square
Old Tractor Black and White Square

Vintage tractors photographed by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding. “I don’t think I can drive past an old tractor in the field, up by the barn or resting in the back forty without stopping to take a photograph.” says New Hampshire based photographer Edward M. Fielding. “The amazing machine’s are the lifeblood of the farm. Farmers use them for all sorts of chores around the farm, basically taking the place of oxen of old, and unlike the family car hidden away from the elements in the garage, these machine often spend their life out doors getting dirty and grimy. Getting rained on, snowed on and so on but they continue to faithfully do the work around the farm for decades if not for generations. Lots of personality can be found in these old machines.”

Part of an ongoing series of fine art photographs of farm life around New England and Upstate New York by photographer Edward M. Fielding featuring scenes of country and rural life including landscapes, barns, farms, agricultural scenes, livestock, buildings, farm houses, crops, fields, silos, back roads, country lanes and everyday life in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, New York and beyond. Edward M. Fielding is an award winning artist whose fine art photography can be seen Internationally on the pages of magazines and book covers as well as in galleries and private collections in the New England region.

Over 4,500 images from Edward M. Fielding are also available as framed and matted artwork, metal prints, canvas prints and more via his portfolio on Pixels.com at: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

Out of the Past – Vintage Car Photography by Edward M. Fielding

Out of the Past by Edward M. Fielding
Out of the Past by Edward M. Fielding

One of my personal favorite photographs.  This classic old car was parked in a lot just over the Connecticut River from West Lebanon, New Hampshire in White River Junction Vermont.

It is gone now.  Moved somewhere unknown as the auto repair business that occupied the lot and stored its “future projects” cars has pushed out by a new development and a new bridge.  Suddenly “down by railroad tracks” was suddenly valuable property as the state installed a new bridge and the economy improved.

Glad I could capture this image while it existed.  And I revisited the same spot in different seasons over the year.  This winter scene with the snow and selective color is one of my favorite within the series.

Old Car Coffee Mug
Old Car Coffee Mug

Prints either rolled in a tube or matted and framed, canvas, metal or acrylic prints are available as well as products such as coffee mugs, t-shirt, tote bags, throw pillows and more.

 

 

 

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Home Sweet Home Fine Art Photographs

Home on the range by Edward M. Fielding

Where do you call home? 

Whether you live in a mansion, a log cabin, a cottage at the beach, a home on the lake, a trailer, or an old family homestead, we all have that place we call home.  It might not even be the place we currently live.  It might not be the apartment, hotel room, dorm room or friend’s sofa we are currently dwelling.  It might be the place we grew up.  Here is a selection of home photographs from the portfolio of fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com

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A classic western frontier log cabin preserved at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.  Bozeman is a city in southern Montana, in the Rocky Mountains. Downtown, Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies traces the area’s history and mounts special exhibitions. It houses the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, with a notable collection of T. rex specimens, and a planetarium. The nearby Bridger Range, to the north, and the Spanish Peaks, to the south, have trails for skiing, biking and hiking.

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Your home might be a classic old vintage Airstream travel trailer.  Airstream is an American brand of Travel trailers which are easily recognized by the distinctive shape of their rounded, polished aluminum coachwork.

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Or your home might be a mansion.  A classic large mansion with columns at the end of a long tree lined driveway. The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate is located at 421 Wadsworth Street in Middletown, Connecticut. It is a 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) classical revival house situated on 103 acres (0.42 km2) wooded area.

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Or your home could be on the beach in Prince Edward Island, a victim of the shifting sands and coastal storms.

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Or a beautifully restored Victorian house in Augusta, Maine.

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Or a mansion in Vermont. Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home is the former summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln, located at 820 Hildene Road in Manchester, Vermont.

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Or a former U.S. president’s summer home.  Roosevelt Campobello International Park preserves the house and surrounding landscape of the summer retreat of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt and their family. It is located on the southern tip of Campobello Island in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, and is connected to the mainland by the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge, at Lubec, Maine in the United States.

 

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Where ever your home is, there is someone waiting with the light on to guide your way back. More homes and houses – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/home
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They went home and told their wives,
that never once in all their lives,
had they known a girl like me,
But… They went home.

They said my house was licking clean,
no word I spoke was ever mean,
I had an air of mystery,
But… They went home.

My praises were on all men’s lips,
they liked my smile, my wit, my hips,
they’d spend one night, or two or three.
But…
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Behind the shot: The old washtub

The Old Washtub – One of my family heirlooms is an old copper tub with wooden handles. Made to go from wood stove to work as a washtub, the old copper pot has developed a beautiful green patina over the years.

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The old copper laundry tub has been used in still life photographs featuring a an old fashioned washboard as well as with a cute westie dog getting a bath.

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Dirty Dog Laundry Soap also features the old copper pot as a prop as well as Tiki the Westie.

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In “Old Washboard”, the copper patina wash tub plays a supporting role.

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Upside down the old washtub is a great platform for posing a cute Pug puppy dog in sun dress.

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