Whispering Pines: ‘The Thoughts of Youth Are Long, Long Thoughts’

Whispering Pines

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,
And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts”
My Lost Youth (1855), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Whispering Pines: The View from 300 Feet and 110 Years

Whispering Pines

A detail in a 1907 bird’s-eye view of the campus was the starting point for this essay. In the first decade of the twentieth century, W.T. Littig & Company in New York published hand-colored photogravure prints of college and university campuses as they might appear if viewed from a hot-air balloon. The Bowdoin College print was based on a watercolor painting by H.D. Nichols, copyrighted by Littig & Co., and printed by A.W. Elson & Co. in Boston.
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