I am pleased with how this scene turned out. I have been unable to find a vintage baby carriage, so purchased a modern mother and child (Preiser brand), and set about making the carriage look more vintage. Many baby carriages in the early 1900’s were wicker. Most had two large wheels and two small wheels, or all four large. All I could do was paint the inner carriage to look like wicker. The baby is really a toddler, so I had to determine whether it would be a boy or a girl. You can’t see the detail in this photo, but I gave her white fur trim on her coat, and black boots. I love the peacefulness of this scene.
Below is a photo of the original mother and child in the box, and one of the real Daisy Sabin on her sister Mary’s lap, around 1875.
Jim’s wife and daughters are gathered at the window, excitedly awaiting his arrival. They’ve been popping popcorn in the fireplace to make garlands for the tree.
I had intended to incorporate this old Preiser farm wagon into the town after Christmas, but it seemed a natural to use it for bringing home the tree. I bound the tree with cross stitch thread, and gave Jim red mittens.
I’m always looking for details to add dimension to the photographs of Oak Valley. I added a small plaza to the back of the courthouse, allowing more room for the audience to gather for Christmas carols. I’m debating a small hedge, or small plants, around the plaza. I also added a statue to the park for a little more interest. The children love climbing on it!
I took this a couple of months ago but never posted it. I like the quiet winter morning view of the shoppers and various activities.
This is a very odd couple of drivers, but I hadn’t previously shown this carriage scene at the intersection of Pine and Main Streets.
I took the first photo in very low light (rainy day) with the village lights on, and the other with a combination of artificial lighting to look more like bright daylight. This is a Woodland Scenics group, and I had to work on the clothing of the shoe shiners to make them fit with a vintage theme. I wish the detail on the shoe shine box showed more in the photo, because it’s really nicely detailed with brass foot rests. I don’t know if it shows in the photos, but the customer on the right is holding a cup of coffee. Nice touch!