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Florence Ireland

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Argyle Boom, Vol. XVII of Northeast Folklore, is now being sent to Northeast Folklore Society members and libraries, and is ready for sale from our office. It is a readable book on what at first appears to be an unreadable subject. Written and edited mostly by Sandy Ives, with a back up crew of some twelve fieldwork students and eighteen informants, the book covers (in the usual exhaustive Ives Style) the description, operation, and peripheral data of the Argyle Boom and neighboring booms as they existed in the first two decades of the 20th century. An enormous operation in its day, the Argyle Boom system was responsible for sorting and rafting all the logs cut and dumped into the upper Penobscot each year. This amounted to something like 200 million board feet! The section on the daily lives of the workers should perhaps have been longer, in view of the possibility that not all readers will be familiar with lumbercamp life and will therefore have nothing to compare this description with. But maybe this criticism stems from the fact that I find the human side much more interesting than the details of sorting and rafting, and so would have liked to see more of it. Anyhow, what there is is very good.


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