Bringing a Load of Marsh Hay Up the Mystic River, 1899

Photograph by George E. Tingley

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This platinum print photograph made by George E. Tingley shows a scene in Mystic, Connecticut, looking south from the bridge.  Shown in the photograph -- two sloops, and rowboats tied to a dock, and two men in a flat bottom boat bringing a load of marsh hay up the Mystic River to a truck farm owned by Benajah Davis.  Marsh hay, also known as salt hay, was popular during the 19th century as garden ground cover.  The piece is signed in the lower right:  "G. E. TINGLEY 1899" and mounted on cardboard.