I’m not gonna lie: “Treasures Revealed” is not the most exciting, inspiring or profound exhibit the Westport Historical Society has ever mounted.
Still, if you’re downtown with 20 minutes to kill, it’s worth a visit.
Basically, the WHS is displaying stuff they found in their archives and various properties. It’s an eclectic assortment, ranging from clothes to old cameras and spectacles to — well, the kind of things everyone has in their basement, closets and attic.
Among the most interesting:
Stevan Dohanos’ painting of the Westport Historical Society’s Bradley-Wheeler House itself. I’m including this not only because of the great colors and back-in-the-day snow, but because it’s so guilelessly self-referential.
I love these photos of turn-of-the-(20th)-century elementary school classes. The top one has 21 students — right around the current Board of Education-policy size. The bottom has 37 — with 1 teacher.
I can only imagine how loudly their parents howled.
The exhibit includes a number of board games, puzzles, and these play blocks. I wonder: If I were a 2-year-old today, would I rather play with these or an iPad?
I loved this empty milk bottle — waiting for the milkman to take it away, replaced by a fresh one.
The only thing better would be if it was Clover Farms.