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Larry Gettysburg Soldiers Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2021 1:56 p.m. PST

We found an unusual source for scenic ideas and inspiration: a book titled "OUR VANISHING LANDSCAPE" by author and artist Eric Sloane. This book provides accurate details about Early America features such as farms, fences and walls, covered bridges, roads, churches and taverns. The author's focus is on New England and the eastern states, from 1700s and 1800s. I use it as a resource for our AWI and ACW terrain scenics. My brother, the model railroad enthusiast, also has a copy.

This book was originally published in 1955 as a hardback coffee table book, and often found in doctor and dentist offices. There have been several reprints, and you can usually find smaller paperback copies for under $10 USD on ebay or used book stores.

Sample pages from "Our Vanishing Landscape" :

SHAMELESS PLUG: We used this book as inspiration in the Gettysburg Soldiers Rules:

William Warner19 Dec 2021 2:05 p.m. PST

All of Eric Sloane's books are wonderful references for the early American life and landscape.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2021 2:59 p.m. PST

It seems like a great reference. Thanks for posting here.

Lascaris19 Dec 2021 3:03 p.m. PST

Agree with the above. Thanks much for sharing.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2021 3:46 p.m. PST

Super interesting.

Wackmole919 Dec 2021 4:40 p.m. PST


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2021 4:56 p.m. PST

Great illustrations.

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian19 Dec 2021 5:04 p.m. PST

I agree with the comments above, "all of Eric Sloane's books are a wonderful reference." I have his book on barns and am regularly checking out references for wargame terrain projects.


Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2021 5:31 p.m. PST

You can find them on Amazon for less than $4. USD



emckinney19 Dec 2021 9:45 p.m. PST

God, Rick Barber would have loved that. It might even have inspired some of his style and his maps.


Fred Mills20 Dec 2021 4:41 a.m. PST

Fantastic reference!

Cardinal Ximenez20 Dec 2021 4:56 a.m. PST

Thank you, Larry. Just ordered one. 👍

ArmymenRGreat20 Dec 2021 5:30 a.m. PST

Thanks for the reference, Larry.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2021 6:00 a.m. PST

Great post Larry. Thanks very much.


John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Dec 2021 6:15 a.m. PST

Just ordered a copy.

Thanks for letting us know!


Oddball20 Dec 2021 6:47 a.m. PST

Really good information, thank you.

Feel free for the "shameless plug" when you bring something this useful to the table.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Dec 2021 11:08 a.m. PST

All three of Sloane's relevant works on elements of early American Architecture can be bought as a three volume set from as little as $21.00 USD from the providers found via this link



Remko5524 Dec 2021 3:35 a.m. PST

Wonderfull inspiration. Handy if you live in the Netherlands.

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