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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
Museum Collection:  The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at 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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