A Feast of Grapes

The Good Boy’s Primer. Philadelphia: Moss & Brother, ca. 1849-1857. 

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This is a fairly early wood-engraved image of a vineyard appearing in a children’s book.  Even in this simple scene, the labor is divided by gender: the man and boy are up on the ladders picking bunches of grapes and delivering them to the women holding baskets.  The caption below rings with wholesome exuberance: “I love to see grapes growing; and when they are ripe I love to make a feast of grapes.”

Adopted by Bearly Read Books, Jim Ellis and Betty Ann Sharp