This portrait has a little bit of everything: two ladies in a buggy, men with rifles, a child, and dogs. They’re all posing for the photo in front of the (only?) hotel in the town sometimes known as Hartland Three Corners, in Vermont. According to the notation on the back of the photo, it was taken around 1880.

We’re left to wonder who these people were and why they (and the dogs) were all posing so formally. Were they (the adults, at any rate) the proprietors and employees of the hotel, perhaps?


(from the Jack and Marge Day collection)