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The Cover
October 12, 2011

The Musicale, Barber Shop, Trenton Falls, New York

JAMA. 2011;306(14):1523. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1412

In The Musicale, Barber Shop, Trenton Falls, New York (cover ), a string band performs on a summer evening for the guests and staff of the Trenton Falls Hotel. City life in 1866 America was crowded, dirty, and dangerous, but affluent travelers could get away from it all at this rustic resort in upstate New York. It stood at the edge of a pine forest, surrounded by rose gardens, a greenhouse, and an open-air pavilion for dancing. Most guests arrived by train and were driven from the depot to the hotel in a four-horse coach called the “Tally-Ho.” Up the steps from the porte cochere and across the broad veranda was the hotel office, where guests would sign the register and be shown to their rooms, furnished with pine beds, chairs, chiffonieres, mirrors, pitchers of water, and bound copies of the Psalms. After refreshing themselves from the journey, they could tour the Falls or relax in the parlor, which displayed a life-size portrait of Michael Moore, the proprietor of the hotel, with his wife Maria and their nine children, superimposed on a picture of the Falls. It was painted by the fashionable and prosperous Thomas Hicks (1823-1890), who also made portraits of the jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, the author Harriet Beecher Stowe, and presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln.

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