By 1808Delaware

A nostalgic throwback to an era where photography was a treasured experience, Gallant Farm is offering visitors a chance to pose in front of a paper moon, a popular photography trend from the early 20th century. This special event invites you to relive the charm of the past and engage in family fun, all within the historic setting of a Depression-era farm.

A Snapshot of History: Paper Moon Photos

In an age where digital photography was unheard of and professional portraits were costly, paper moon photos offered a whimsical and affordable alternative. For as little as a nickel, anyone could pose for a “Man-in-the-Moon” photo at an arcade or carnival. Gallant Farm revives this tradition, allowing visitors to pose with their very own paper moon.

The French film “A Trip to the Moon” released in 1904 had a profound impact on this trend. Following its release, the paper moon background took over and dominated particularly American but also European photography.

Though staged somewhat awkwardly, paper moon photos have an undeniable appeal. People are often portrayed enjoying themselves, despite the artificial setup. Though the trend waned after 1930, the paper moon’s influence on photography is still felt today. From art shows to modern reinterpretations, the paper moon continues to enchant and intrigue.

  • Date & Time: Aug 19, 2023, from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • Location: 2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd Delaware, Gallant Farm in Troy Township

Gallant Farm: A Depression-Era Experience

Gallant Farm is more than just a venue; it’s a living representation of a Depression-era farm. Complete with historic buildings and costumed interpreters, visitors can immerse themselves in a bygone era.

  • Historic Attractions: Explore a farmhouse with period furnishings, a barn with 1890s timbers, a granary, machine shed, and barnyard, demonstration crop fields, a vegetable garden, an orchard, and a pond.
  • Daily Life Reenacted: Engage with costumed interpreters as they complete daily chores, from plowing fields to cooking on a wood-burning stove.

Beyond the paper moon photo experience, Gallant Farm offers various activities that the whole family can enjoy. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with history and engage in hands-on experiences.

There is no charge to visit Gallant Farm, and no reservation is necessary (except for large groups and field trips); occasionally, programs will carry a small fee.

Photos: Creative Commons License; Image by Luca Finardi from Pixabay


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