Mystery Photo: Scarecrow with Pumpkins

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham for your Halloween pleasure.

Photo: Walter Masson

While we still lived in Norwood, I was privileged to serve in a volunteer capacity in the archives at the Congregational Church of Needham. The archives are full of photos like this one. Charming, evocative, and completely mysterious.

  • Who are these people?
  • What were they doing? Decorating for a Harvest Festival? Performing a play?
  • What year was this taken?

If you know anything about this photo, please leave a comment or email me at shalahowell(at)



About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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