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6 October 2021

As a Persephone reader pointed out, the Shakers would have loved our books' grey uniformity and sparseness but hated the content! Yet their ideology is in all our homes in a small way. Who doesn't have a table somewhat like this? It's 1800-25, made by the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing ('Shakers') Mount Lebanon, New York, cf. this article by Nicholas Vincent about Shaker furniture at the Metropolitan Museum website.

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