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Rural Life Collection

Background imageRural Life Collection: Backyard carnival, 1800s

Backyard carnival, 1800s
Children putting on a circus in the backyarrd, 1800s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Dutch skaters on the Zuider Zee, 1800s

Dutch skaters on the Zuider Zee, 1800s
Skaters enjoying a winter Sunday on the Zuider Zee, Dutch island of Marken, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Confederate soldier romancing a young woman, 1800s

Confederate soldier romancing a young woman, 1800s
Confederate soldier declaring his love for a young woman, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Victorian era picnic

Victorian era picnic
Families having a summer picnic, England, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Plowing rice paddies with water buffalo

Plowing rice paddies with water buffalo
Using water buffalo to plow rice paddies in China. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: HUSG2A-00045

HUSG2A-00045
Freed slaves wedding dance in a cabin, US South, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Irish children carrying peat to pay for school

Irish children carrying peat to pay for school
Children in western Ireland carrying peat to pay for their schooling, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Washboard for scrubbing laundry in the 1800s

Washboard for scrubbing laundry in the 1800s
Woman reenactor doing laundry with a washboard, living history demonstration, Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee. Digital photograph

Background imageRural Life Collection: Colonial farmers in New Sweden, 1600s

Colonial farmers in New Sweden, 1600s
Swedish settlers harvesting wheat in Delaware, 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: New Hampshire village, 1800s

New Hampshire village, 1800s
Village of New Boston, New Hampshire, in the 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: A crowded Boston skating pond, 1800s

A crowded Boston skating pond, 1800s
A skating scene in Boston, Massachusetts, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: HREC2A-00020

HREC2A-00020
Skating on a pond in winter, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Meeting the new postmistress, early 1900s

Meeting the new postmistress, early 1900s
Townspeople meeting their new postmistress, about 1905. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 1905 illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Boys playing marbles, 1800s

Boys playing marbles, 1800s
Boys playing a game of marbles in a small town, early 1900s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of an illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Rural courtship, early 1900s

Rural courtship, early 1900s
Young couple seated by a brook, early 1900s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of an illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Game of mumblety-peg, 1800s

Game of mumblety-peg, 1800s
Boys playing mumblety-peg in the grass, 1800s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Family storyteller

Family storyteller
Old woman telling folklore to young girls in a cottage kitchen, England. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Ice-skating on the Schuylkill River, 1800s

Ice-skating on the Schuylkill River, 1800s
Skating party on the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia, circa 1880. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Chinese farmers planting rice

Chinese farmers planting rice
Transplanting and irrigating rice in China. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Hay harvest, 1800s

Hay harvest, 1800s
Farmers haying, a calendar illustration for June, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: A hay ride, 1800s

A hay ride, 1800s
Children riding atop a hay wagon pulled by a pair of horses, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Georgia Cracker family tending their cookpot, 1890s

Georgia Cracker family tending their cookpot, 1890s
Cracker women cooking outside their poor, rural cabin in Georgia, late 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Country life in medieval Europe

Country life in medieval Europe
Country life in France in the late Middle Ages. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of a 1517 edition of Virgil published in Lyons

Background imageRural Life Collection: Wedding of former slaves in the South, 1870s

Wedding of former slaves in the South, 1870s
Freed African-American couple getting married in a cabin during Reconstruction. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Funeral of a former black slave, Reconstruction Era

Funeral of a former black slave, Reconstruction Era
Negro funeral in Virginia, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: HUSG2A-00050

HUSG2A-00050
African-American boy reading to his family of former slaves, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Colonial churchgoers in Sleepy Hollow, New York

Colonial churchgoers in Sleepy Hollow, New York
Parishioners leaving church at Sleepy Hollow in colonial New York. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: BUSN2A-00153

BUSN2A-00153
Rural newspaper editor considering farm products as payment for a subscription, 1800s Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Rider arriving with the mail on a post road

Rider arriving with the mail on a post road
Old-time post-rider trumpeting the arrival of the mail. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: HOUS2A-00020

HOUS2A-00020
Boys scaring their friend with a jack-o lantern, a Halloween prank, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Barefoot boy

Barefoot boy
Barefoot country boy carrying toy tops. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Fashionable couple outdoors, early 1900s

Fashionable couple outdoors, early 1900s
Well-to-do couple on a hillside, early 1900s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of an illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Courtship in a woodland setting, 1800s

Courtship in a woodland setting, 1800s
Young man and woman on a walk in the countryside, late 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Traveler on a hillside

Traveler on a hillside
Man resting on a grassy hillside. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Christmas singing in a church, 1800s

Christmas singing in a church, 1800s
Churchgoers singing Christmas carols from a hymnbook, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a Caldecott illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Rural Christmas gathering of neighbors, 1800s

Rural Christmas gathering of neighbors, 1800s
People going to a neighbors Christmas party in the country. Hand-colored woodcut of a Caldecott illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Summertime activity for a country boy

Summertime activity for a country boy
Barefoot boy crossing a stream. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Summer afternoon for a boy and his dog, circa 1900

Summer afternoon for a boy and his dog, circa 1900
Boy lying under a shade tree with his sleeping dog, early 1900s. Printed color halftone reproduction of an illustration by F.E. Schoonover

Background imageRural Life Collection: Farm near Tinicum, Delaware, 1800s

Farm near Tinicum, Delaware, 1800s
Pasture and hayfields along the Delaware River at Tinicum, Delaware. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Homemade jam, pickles, and canned tomatoes

Homemade jam, pickles, and canned tomatoes
Traditional homemade pickles, tomatoes, and fruit jam. Photograph

Background imageRural Life Collection: Homemade pickles and canned tomatoes

Homemade pickles and canned tomatoes
Traditional home-preserved pickles and tomatoes. Photograph

Background imageRural Life Collection: Fruit for home canning

Fruit for home canning
Fruit and berries with old-fashioned home preserving jars. Photograph

Background imageRural Life Collection: HOUS2A-00005

HOUS2A-00005
A country store in an American village, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: HOUS2A-00034

HOUS2A-00034
Farm girl bringing a basket of eggs to sell to the country store, 1800s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: GGBR2A-00060

GGBR2A-00060
Cluricauns of Irish folklore leading a traveler astray. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: Irish farmers harrowing poor soil, 1800s

Irish farmers harrowing poor soil, 1800s
Irish family harrowing rocky soil on a mountain farm in County Mayo, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: HUSG2A-00026

HUSG2A-00026
African-American outdoor prayer meeting in the South, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRural Life Collection: PART2A-00066

PART2A-00066
Rural traveler resting under a tree. Color halftone reproduction of a 19th-century Howard Pyle illustration



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