A Day’s Work
These extraordinary collections of photographs and narrative captions have wide appeal to anyone interested in Maine’s past. Spend an afternoon with either volume of A Day’s Work, and you’ll make discoveries that will change how you look at Maine’s passing scene. Bunting has a knack for spotting the unusual in a photograph, or some minor detail that, in fact, tells a major story about the how and why. From granite quarry operations to an itinerant cobbler in a sailing scow to hootchie cootchie dancers at the state fair to deepwater ships, his page-long captions place these images in social and economic context but this is not dry history. His research has uncovered a wealth of fascinating, often quirky detail (did you know that mummy wrappings were imported from Egypt for Maine papermaking?), and he makes frequent forays into the Maine storytelling tradition.