The schoolgirl, the sampler and the bank robber at auction

The sampler by Eliza Manley

Schoolgirls’ samplers, such as the one pictured here, are surely the essence of childhood innocence. But delve further and it turns out that the story of this example from Massachusetts is far from idyllic. Eliza Manley’s father was Portland’s first bank robber, Daniel Manley (1774-1837). When this sampler was made in 1808, Portland was a … Continue reading “The schoolgirl, the sampler and the bank robber at auction”

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