Object of the Month
Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site has a large museum collection consisting of thousands of objects, many of which are not regularly displayed in the house's furnished exhibit rooms. Every month, an object will be featured on this page, providing a look at an unusual piece from the collection.
You might find the image of the three young girls pictured on the left side of the note familiar, it's a facsimile of the famous portrait of Longfellow's three daughters; Alice, Edith, and Anne Allegra, by artist Thomas Buchanan Read. The original portrait now hangs in Longfellow's dining room in the Brattle Street mansion that was his home for almost fifty years. The portrait, painted in 1859, was often used as an accompanying image to Longfellow's poem The Children's Hour, published in 1860. As a result, it became widely known and copied, and used for a variety of purposes, as on this piece of scrip.
Did You Know?
The house at 105 Brattle Street was given to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by his father-in-law Nathan Appleton as a wedding gift in 1843.