Don't drink the vanilla, Lumber camp, ca. 1910

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Various types of alcoholic beverages were consumed in lumber camps but when supplies got low, it was wise for the cook to hide the vanilla, which had a high alcohol content.

The photographer, Isaac Simpson (1874-1957), was a native of Amity, a small town in Aroostook County. He was a woodsman, hunter, fisherman, blacksmith, wheelwright, carpenter, mason, musician, automobile mechanic, and photographer.

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  • Title: Don't drink the vanilla, Lumber camp, ca. 1910
  • Creator: Isaac Walton Simpson
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Location: Aroostook County, ME
  • Media: photographic print
  • Dimensions: 10.2 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 2083 Box 1, Folder 2
  • Collection: Geraldine Tidd Scott collection of Simpson and Williams photographs
  • Object Type: Image

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