At Midpoint between the Old and the New

At Midpoint between the Old and the New

The Home Story-Book. Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1857. 

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This allegorical image depicting the mid-point between the old and new year illustrates a whimsical poem that describes the Old Year as “mournful and wrinkled, decrepit and gray,” while the face of his rival New Year is “free from all fear”--while watchful Time, with his scythe knowingly points to the master clock that separates the two.  This is a fine example of hand-colored wood engraving that graced higher end children’s books before the less expensive process of chromolithography was perfected after the Civil War.

Adopted by Hal Espo & Ree DeDonato

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