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Frances and Mary Allen's photograph of a young "Puritan" girl reading is typical of the way in which the Deerfield, Massachusetts, sisters' turn of the century photographs romanticized New England's remote past. The Allens provided the clothing their models wore, and they painstakingly choreographed the lighting and mood. The book the girl holds reminds the viewer of the essential role literacy played in Puritan religion and culture.


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Barbara Allen (1902-1931) dressed as a Puritan

photographer   Frances and Mary Allen
date   1908-1910
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.14.1937

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"Barbara Reading" or "Stolen Fruit"

"Little Puritan"

"The Letter of the Law"

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