Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gingerbread . . . found along a country road

One of the most full-bodied expressions of gingerbread we've found lately along P. A.'s back roads.

When steam-powered saws became available to carpenters and woodworkers back in the mid- to late-1800s, creativity was given full expression.

How novel and exciting back then to add embellishments to their structures and call attention to their new-found skills. They left us a legacy of a time unique in our history. Many works of the sort pictured eventually came down and were discarded. One can imagine the effort and tedium painting and maintaining these gables every few years. Plus they were likely great roosting places for pests such as hornets.

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