Recent entries from Nina Winn’s 1916 diary include descriptions of her having lunch or reading “on the piazza.” Nowadays, to American-English speakers, the word “piazza” typically conjures thoughts of the open public spaces that are characteristic of cities in Italy. But in Nina Winn’s time, piazza was a popular term in the United States for … Continue reading On the piazza . . .
[box]This is the third installment of three on the Winn Family Silhouette Album. The prior installments are here: The Winn Silhouette Album — Roots in Arlington, MA; Types, Techniques and Analysis of Silhouettes[/box] In the collection of Winn diaries there were only five diaries for the decade spanning 1870 to 1880, two of which were … Continue reading Knowing Susanna Adams Winn
[box]This is the second installment of three on the Winn Family Silhouette Album. The first is here: The Winn Silhouette Album — Roots in Arlington, MA[/box] There are three basic types of silhouettes: painted, hollow-cut or cut-out. Painted silhouettes were most frequently created using black ink or paint to apply the likeness to a base, … Continue reading Types, Techniques and Analysis of Silhouettes
Nina Louise Winn was born in 1877, the youngest child of George Prentiss Winn and Melissa Sarah Bacon, who died when Nina was only nine. Two other siblings, Edith Lily and Arthur, died young, leaving Nina and her big brother George living with their father George Prentiss Winn near the corner of Summer and Mystic … Continue reading Nina Louise Winn