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Local History, Barber School, Hair Dressing, Barbering, Hair Care Services, Body Modification, Body Alteration, Local Businesses, Quarrying, Stone Cutting, Quarries, Back-to-the-Land Movement, Rural Life, Organic Farming, Agriculture, Local Communities


Human Ecology | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Sociology of Culture | Work, Economy and Organizations


Documenting a Region: Maine in Words and Photographs. Pristine Castine. Harvesting Granite. Good Earth Farm. Tattoo Ernie, like many Mainers, marches to a different drummer. So do stone cutter Henry Bray and farmer Eric Brandt-Meyer.

  • 3 Nineteen Pine Street How this issue of Salt was made and who made it.
  • 4 Fast Forward and Rewind A new feature. We look ahead at what’s to come and readers comment on what’s behind.
  • 5 Salt Sense: Editorial In Salt’s 20 years of documenting Maine people, we have grown accustomed to remarkable lives — but unremarkable deaths. This changed with the life and violent death of Kathy Hegarty.
  • 6 Barbershops Barbershops are social places wih a crowd of regulars. We take you inside two in Portland and South Paris for some fun.
  • 15 Tattoo Parlor A photographic essay by Robyn Redman.
  • 20 Granite-Challenge of the Elements In the heyday of the granite industry, thousands of Maine quarrymen and stone cutters worked in a hundred quarries. Now a few determined artisans still harvest and shape this basic element born 325 million years ago.
  • 30 Aftermath: Hurricane Island A photographic essay by Maryanne Mott.
  • 38 Good Earth Farm Back-to-landers named this farm and tried to make a go of it. Then they faced a hard choice: switch crops and grow to a market economy or lose the land.
  • 50 Pristine Castine: Where Have the Mavens Gone? No village in New England is more picturesquely preserved than Castine. While the buildings still stand, the natives and the “mavens” are a dying breed. What happens when a place begins to lose its memory of itself?


Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies


Portland, Maine



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