The story behind the train picture from my childhood bedroom involves an interior decorator. I believe that was the correct job title in the late 50’s when my parents built their house. His name was Bill Marshall, and my parents really appreciated the work he did in furnishing their home. I appreciated his work too; it is why I feel today it is important to have a comfortable and well organized environment that I enjoy living in.
I have not looked at this picture closely for decades, but it is strangely familiar. The artwork that Bill Marshall and my parents selected for the boys’ room is not “childish.” It is a copy of a painting by E. L. Henry titled “The 9:45 A.M. Accommodation, Stratford, Connecticut” from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (I am going to have to visit and look for it).
I think the adults were clever to choose a scene that can be read like a storybook and imagined by a young boy. A scene with people in old fashioned clothes busying about the train station with horses and dogs and children and lots to visually explore and examine.
Now that The 9:45 Accommodation is on temporary exhibit in our house, I hope to show it to our 4-1/2 year old friend and see what he thinks.
live. enjoy. repeat.