icon for Home page
icon for Kid's Home page
icon for Digital Collection
icon for Activities
icon for Turns Exhibit
icon for In the Classroom
icon for Chronologies
icon for My Collection

Online Collection

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
Contact us for information about using this image.

label levels:

There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: The 1913 Deerfield, Massachusetts, Pageant was documented by the Allen Sisters, who photographed the key moments of the event. This scene was a part of an elaborate "Tory Tea Party" created to illustrate a moment during the Tea Crisis of the 1770s, when opponents to British policy toward the colonies decided to avoid the purchase or consumption of tea. Deerfield had a reputation of being loyal to the crown and its policies, and this episode was staged during the pageant to illustrate that. Here, guests arrived in anticipation of a tea party held by Parson Jonathan Ashley in defiance of the ban. Although this looks like a painting, in fact this was a photograph that was heavily over-painted. The Allens often altered their photographs, both during the development process and after. In doing that, they were typical of all photographers.


top of page

Coach Unloading Costumed Passengers

photographer   Frances and Mary Allen
date   1913
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.14.1382.01-.07

Look Closer icon My Collection icon Detailed info icon

ecard icon Send an e-Postcard of this object

See Also...

"Pageant of Old Deerfield on the Grounds of the Allen Homestead"

Women dancing with sheaves of wheat

Couple in 18th Century Costume

button for Side by Side Viewingbutton for Glossarybutton for Printing Helpbutton for How to Read Old Documents


Home | Online Collection | Things To Do | Turns Exhibit | Classroom | Chronologies | My Collection
About This Site | Site Index | Site Search | Feedback