Original H. Marshall Gardiner post card from the 1920's. "PHOSTINT" The Detroit Publishing Company, divided back, unused, mint condition.
“The first town criers worked in ancient Greece—heralds used to announce the severings of relationships that would lead to war, or the proposals of armistices that would lead to peace. Their “stentorian” (extremely loud) voices were often remarked upon, and were named after the Trojan warrior Stentor, whose voice was said to be as powerful as the voices of fifty others.” http://www.yesterdaysisland.com/2008/features/23a.php
This Gardiner scene depicts the Town Crier delivering news of the day to the ladies of 91 Main Street, the Henry and Mary Coffin Swift house. Gardiner’s pictures with people in Quaker dress were usually taken during one of Nantucket’s “fetes”. This card is circa 1922. Today’s Town Crier, Eric Goddard, at 6’,6”, is proported to be the tallest Crier in Nantucket history.
See my "today" snapshots; one of 91 main Street and one of Nantucket's current Town Crier, Eric Goddard and myself celebrating the holidays.
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