Friday Photo: Not the Sofa!

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I probably should’ve saved this one for Christmastime, but I just couldn’t wait. When oh-so-helpful intern Tara handed me a file folder containing this picture this morning I just knew it had to be today’s post. It incorporates so many of my favorite topics: pseudo-colonial costumes, bad museum practices (they’re sitting on the antiques!), and, of course, silly hair.

This is the cover of the Baltimore Sun’s TV Week magazine from December 24, 1972. A description of the picture is on the reverse, and it says that the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting produced a special called “Christmas 1783,” which was taped in the Hammond-Harwood House. It was apparently “a re-creation of a holiday party of Colonial days.” If only we had a tape of the special…I can only imagine what other museum no-nos they committed during filming. In case it’s not clear, sitting on the sofa is now officially against Hammond-Harwood House rules!

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 in , by Hammond-Harwood House



Hammond-Harwood House

The mission of the Hammond-Harwood House Association is to preserve and to interpret the architecturally significant Hammond-Harwood House Museum and its collection of fine and decorative arts, and to explore the diverse social history associated with its occupants, both free and enslaved, for the purposes of education and appreciation.
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