Form Follows Function: Art of the Decoy

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Duck hunters in blind with decoys, Chesapeake Bay, date unknown. A. Aubrey Bodine, photographer. The Mariners’ Museum MSO466–004-15

The Drifter

I’m just an old has-been decoy
No ribbons I have won.
My sides and head are full of shot
From many a blazing gun.
My home has been by the river,
Just drifting with the tide.
No roof have I had for shelter,
No one place where I could abide.
I’ve rocked to winter’s wild fury,
I’ve scorched in the heat of the sun,
I’ve drifted and drifted and drifted,
For tides never cease to run.
I was picked up by some fool collector
Who put me up here on a shelf.
But my place is out on the river,
Where I can drift all by myself.
I want to go back to the shoreline
Where flying clouds hang thick and low,
And get the touch of the rain drops
And the velvety soft touch of the snow.   Read more

Secrets in the Stacks for 2011

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Join us at the Library for these upcoming Secrets in the Stacks!

  • January 5, 2011 – Notes on Knots: the Bushby Manuscript – Bill Edwards-Bodmer, Assistant Archivist
  • February 2, 2011 – The Mariners’ Museum Library’s Unique Clippings Collection – Jennifer Anielski, Librarian, Technical Services
  • March 2, 2011 – A. Aubrey Bodine’s Photographs – Tom Moore, Senior Curator of Photography/Photo Archivist

 Secrets in the Stacks are a chance for you to see rare or seldom-seen items from the Library’s collections.  These talks are held at 12:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.  See you at the Library!