It's an Old New England Custom by Edwin Valentine Mitchell was published in 1946 and, since Joe is listing it in his shop as I type, I'll post the link here rather than fill up this post with bibliographical details.
Instead, I'll celebrate some of the traditions of my adopted region, illustrated with drawings from Mitchell's book and finds from fellow Etsy sellers.
Since Halloween is just around the corner, I'll point out that it's an old New England custom to have haunted houses.
twolefthands proves with her fetching Tree House Number 16.
this phantom, artistically photographed by ClydeKeller.
vintage photo from the collection of maclancy, I can't help thinking whatever that lady has in mind the future doesn't look any too promising for the chicken.
Love Grave by KCimagery, I'll ... er, lay these matters to rest.
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Old New England customs also include having pie for breakfast and serving turkey and cranberry sauce. I'll save those for another celebration.