Robert Lindsey Smallidge was an important source for Richard Lunt’s research on Jones Tracy, a tall-tale teller from MDI, published as volume ten of Northeast Folklore in 1968. Smallidge was a skilled craftsman, and his favorite hobby was the making of half-round ship models. As of the 1963 interview with Lunt, Smallidge had run a dry cleaning business in Northeast Harbor for over forty years. He also worked as a ship carpenter at times. He never knew Jones Tracy, but heard stories from his mother.
Richard Lunt, craftsman, "Blueberries & Leathery Ice", ship models, Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Jones Tracy, storyteller
Folklore | Oral History
Smallidge, Robert Lindsey, "Lindsey Smallidge" (2012). Maine Song and Story Sampler Artists. 26.
Northeast Harbor, ME
“Blueberries” and “Leathery Ice” collected by Richard Lunt.