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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Title:Tavern sign
Date Made:early 19th century
Type:Architectural Element; Advertising; Painting
Materials:Wood, paint, and iron
Place Made:North America; United States; Massachusetts; Granby
Measurements:overall: 60 3/4 in x 28 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in; 154.3 cm x 72.4 cm x 4.4 cm
Accession Number:  MH SK 2006.638.INV
Credit Line:Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College

Wooden shop sign, for "L. Smith" (Levi Smith of Granby, Massachusetts). Rectangular with scroll work at the top and bottom. Oval painting of a country scene, with a beehive, trees, and a brook. Both sides are identical. Held by iron braces.

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This sign—painted with identical imagery on both sides—once hung in Granby, Massachusetts, at the tavern of Levi Smith. The imagery used in early signs is often representative of the services a business offered, making the message accessible to individuals who were not literate. In this case, the beehive may represent the honey used in mead, a popular alcoholic beverage.

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