A Forgotten Sight
Excerpted from The Chronicle, Vol. 39 no. 1, March 1986
by Norton K. Brown
This picture of basket merchant Andrew J. Love was made by H. M. Rand and F.J. Taylor in Cambridgeport, Mass. They billed themselves as Copying and Landscape Photographers. The date of the picture is unknown but it is surely no later than the last quarter of the 19th Century.
Once a familiar sight on the highways and byways of the United States, the pedlar’s wagon is no longer to be seen except in an occasional museum or in photographs like this. Love obviously specialized in baskets but there is at least one broom as well as other articles among his stock. Perhaps some EAIA researcher near Cambridgeport will be able to tell us whether Love was a maker as well as a salesman of baskets.
Note the details in the picture that, like the pedlar himself, are no longer to be seen: the hitching post, the wooden sidewalk and the closed shutters on the house to the right.
The time is apparently the end of winter or the beginning of spring. Perhaps Love is just setting out on his first selling trip of a new year.