Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers: A Visual History of Pennsylvania’s Railroad Lumbering…

Hardcover | September 12, 2016

byRonald E. Ostman, Harry LittellIntroduction byLinda A. Ries

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In Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers, Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell draw on the stunning documentary photography of William T. Clarke to tell the story of Pennsylvania’s lumber heyday, a time when loggers serving the needs of a rapidly growing and globalizing country forever altered the dense forests of the state’s northern tier.

Discovered in a shed in upstate New York and a barn in Pennsylvania after decades of obscurity, Clarke’s photographs offer an unprecedented view of the logging, lumbering, and wood industries during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They show the great forests in the process of coming down and the trains that hauled away the felled trees and trimmed logs. And they show the workers—cruisers, jobbers, skidders, teamsters, carpenters, swampers, wood hicks, and bark peelers—their camps and workplaces, their families, their communities. The work was demanding and dangerous; the work sites and housing were unsanitary and unsavory. The changes the newly industrialized logging business wrought were immensely important to the nation’s growth at the same time that they were fantastically—and tragically—transformative of the landscape.

An extraordinary look at a little-known photographer’s work and the people and industry he documented, this book reveals, in sharp detail, the history of the third phase of lumber in America.

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In Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers, Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell draw on the stunning documentary photography of William T. Clarke to tell the story of Pennsylvania’s lumber heyday, a time when loggers serving the needs of a rapidly growing and globalizing country forever altered the dense forests of the state’s northern tier.Discove...

Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell have collaborated on a number of books, most recently (with Mary Jordan and Joyce Hatch) Dear Friend Amelia: The Civil War Letters of Private John Tidd and Great Possibilities: 150 Photographs by Verne Morton. Ostman is Graduate Professor of Communication Emeritus, Cornell University. Littell is Assoc...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 9.28 × 10.9 × 1.1 inPublished:September 12, 2016Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271072075

ISBN - 13:9780271072074

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue: Discovery and Procedures

Introduction: The Salvation of William T. Clarke

Linda A. Ries

1 The Black Forest

2 The Machine in the Garden

3 Wood Hicks, Bark Peelers, and Other Woods Workers

4 Camp Life

5 Community Life

6 The Pennsylvania Desert

7 A Mighty Transformation

Appendix: Notes on the Photographs

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“In addition to piecing together Clarke’s enigmatic life, the book builds on the story of the 131 found negatives, interspersing several other Clarke logging photographs preserved by the State Archives. Readers will come away with a solid understanding of the loggers’ lives, especially of those who resided near the communities of Galeton, Potter County, and Port Allegany, McKean County.”—Sean Adkins, Pennsylvania Heritage