"Country Store" Howard Norton Cook Etching of Gibbons Store, 1929

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"Country Store" Howard Norton Cook Etching of Gibbons Store, 1929

Description

Howard Norton Cook (1901 - 1980) was born in Springfield and enjoyed visiting Granville early in his career as an artist. He spent most of career in the American Southwest and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

He created the "Country Store" etching as a young man in 1929. His reference to the view from an upstairs window suggests he probably stayed at the Wilcox Hotel which was located directly across Granby Road from the store. To learn more about the Wilcox Hotel CLICK HERE.

It is also quite possible that his reference to occupied coffins in the basement is true since the Gibbons family owned the store and also served as the local undertakers.

To learn more about the fascinating life of Howard Cook CLICK HERE.

To learn more about the Granville Country Store and compare old photos to Howard Cook's etching CLICK HERE. Can you spot examples of artistic license?

The store depicted in Cook's 1929 etching was destroyed by fire in December 1934 and was replaced by the present, smaller structure. Photos of the destruction can be seen HERE.

Citation

“"Country Store" Howard Norton Cook Etching of Gibbons Store, 1929,” Granville History Digital Collection, accessed November 27, 2022, https://granvillehistory.omeka.net/items/show/1013.

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